Today’s Question: Is it necessary to use a separate eye cream? Sophia, Warsaw
A. Sophia, if you’re haunted by the look of the skin around your eyes and feel like you don’t even need to wear a mask for Halloween this year, it might be time to consider adding an eye cream to your daily routine. Using the same moisturizer around your eyes that you use on your face typically will not cause any problems provided it does not sting the skin around your eyes; however, it typically also will not benefit your eyes much either. In order to correct fine lines, puffiness or dark circles, you need a separate eye cream with ingredients that target those specific concerns.
The skin around your eyes is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the skin on your face. It also does not contain any oil glands. What does this mean to you? It means that every time you smile, squint or move your eyes those muscles around your eyes get called to action. Combine that with the dryer skin around your eyes and you have the perfect combination for fine lines and wrinkles. If you smoke or are exposed to the sun or tanning beds, those lines will be further intensified. To begin to treat the fine lines topically, look for an eye cream that contains peptides designed to repair and rebuild the collagen around your eyes. Think of the skin around your eyes like a Slinky®. The damaged collagen around your eyes looks like a stretched out Slinky. By treating that skin with the appropriate medical skin care, the collagen around your eyes will begin to repair itself and your Slinky will begin to coil back to normal resulting in healthier, younger looking skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
Maybe it’s puffiness under your eyes that bothers you, Sophia. Whether from allergies, the way you sleep or sinus problems, you need an eye cream that contains caffeine, an antioxidant, to reduce the puffiness. Perhaps dark circles leave you feeling like you’re dressing up as a zombie not just for Halloween but all year round? Whether from genetics, allergies or vascular concerns, look for eye creams with lightening agents and antioxidants designed to treat dark circles.
No matter what bothers you about your eyes, Sophia, I recommend you use the appropriate medical eye cream to treat the problem. Unfortunately, regular facial moisturizers just do not contain those important ingredients. Be sure to talk with a medical skin care professional to find the best solution for you. Your eye worries will be gone faster than the Halloween candy in your house!
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on sclerotherapy.
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