So, should we be using eye cream or not? | 9Lives
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Now that I’ve breached my 30s, I realise that I should start paying a bit more attention to anti-aging skincare. The problem is that a lot of the buzz-products out there are pure fluff, and filtering the marketing gimmicks from the real, effective deals can be tricky.

One product that is often met with question marks is eye-cream. Is it actually necessary or simply an extra sell? And if you do choose to invest in an eye cream, do you know how to use it correctly?

I asked two skincare experts to share their know-how.

Why can’t I just apply my normal moisturiser to my eye area?

“At about 0.5 mm, the skin around the eyes is of the thinnest and most delicate on the body,” says Unine van Rooyen, Corporate Trainer for Dermalogica South Africa. “There are 22 muscles around the eyes that are in constant motion; squinting, laughing, crying, smiling, etc. Eye area skin is thinner and lacks sebaceous glands for protection, making it more sensitive. The end result: sagging tissues that make eyes look tired.

“Eye treatment ingredients are specially designed to treat and target specific concerns such as dark circles, puffiness, fine lines etc.”

Does my method of application actually make a difference?

“Due to the finer texture of the skin around the eyes and the fact that this area ages quite quickly, it is very important to be very gentle when applying products,” explains Stephnie-Anne Dickinson, training specialist at Optiphi. “I would suggest using your ring fingers, with a gentle tapping motion applying the product.”

Where exactly do I apply eye cream?

“It is recommended to apply a small amount of eye cream to the area just under the brow bone using the ring finger as it has the lightest pressure,” says Unine. “Do light circles around the eye starting from the beginning of the brow around the eye. Ensure that the eye cream does not go into the eye as this may cause puffiness.” 

You don’t have to worry about applying product up close to the eye. “Due to the small molecular size, the product and actives will migrate closer to the eyes,” explains Stephnie-Anne. “If you apply eye creams too close to the eye it may cause excess puffiness and create a hazy effect in the eye during the day.”

How much product do I need to use?

“Use the size of a matchstick head on clean finger before applying your moisturiser,” says Unine.

When should I start using it?

“This really depends on the health of the skin around they eyes and what the concerns you may have,” explains Unine. “If puffiness and dark circles are a concern you can start using an eye cream to combat these, and look for a light eye serum or liquid.

“If premature ageing is a concern we recommend that you start using an eye treatment from the age of 25. By the age of 30 we start to lose 1% collagen and elastin in our skin every year. Prevention is key. And this is even more important regarding the delicate eye area.”

So, are you keen to add something extra to your routine. Here are a couple of products that are worth their salt.

Worth a try

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex

(R995 for 15ml)

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex 9Lives

This eye cream contains microencapsulated retinol, a powerful active ingredient that helps to counter early signs of aging. They’ve also added the potent antioxidant Vitamin C alongside peptides and botanical ingredients.

Note that this is for people who are already use to retinol products. It’s also best to ease it into your routine, starting with once a week and increasing use as your skin adjusts.

If you have a sensitive skin, I would recommend the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm (R899 for 15ml).

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler [HA]

R299,95 for 15ml, leading retailers

L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler 9Lives

This eye cream contains micro-sized hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate and plump up the skin. It’s ideal if you are looking for something lightweight that will create a smoothed appearance. I also love the cooling metal applicator tip.

Optiphi Eyesigns Activegel

R978 for 20ml, and specialist skincare centres

Optiphi Eyesigns Activegel 9Lives

This potent eye gel contains a blend of peptides that target dark circles and puffiness by boosting microcirculation. It also includes Peptide 4, kelp extract and wheat proteins that assist collagen and elastin production and firm the eye area.

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum

R670 for 60 capsules, leading department stores

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum 9Lives

I am a huge fan of the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capsules to restore sensitized, dry skin. This fragrance-free serum contains a blend of barrier-boosting lipids and ceramides that help to strengthen and restore the skin.

Break open the biodegradable capsule into our palm and smooth the silky liquid over the eye area. I actually found that one capsule is enough to cover my entire face – bonus!

Anything you’d like to ask or add? Pop your thoughts in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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