There was a time when an eye cream was very much an exotic piece of
grooming kit. These days, though, they’re increasingly a staple of
every man’s grooming arsenal. With men’s skin showing signs of
tiredness faster than women’s, and late nights, long days at
computers and hangovers to contend with, a good eye creamis essential
rather than optional. Why? Well, since the skin around your eyes is
some of the thinnest on your body, a normal moisturiser simply won’t
do – in fact, it can cause puffiness and irritation. Here’s what to
look out for to ensure you purchase the right eye cream for you.
1. Know your problem
As with all skincare products, getting the right gear depends on
knowing what you’re trying to treat. The skin around the eyes is
susceptible to a host of unique issues – from dark circles to
premature ageing and puffiness. Don’t make the mistake of thinking
all eye products are created equal – creams and gels, for example,
work in different ways and target different problems.
2. Got bags?
If your eyes regularly carry more bags than Paris Hilton’s personal
shopper, go for an eye gel. These tend to work better on eye bags than
creams because they’re lighter and cooler, instantly constricting
blood vessels and tightening the skin around the eye. If you chill
them beforehand in the fridge (or store them on a cold windowsill)
they’re even more effective. Gels with rollerball delivery systems
(one of the biggest trends in male grooming at the moment) are great
if you lack a delicate touch since you can apply them without having
to use your fingertips.
3. Wage war on wrinkles with a cream.
It’s a fact that dry skin ages faster than hydrated skin, so if
wrinkles or dry skin are your main problem an eye cream is going to be
more effective than a gel. They’re generally richer, formulated to
attract and lock in moisture and often come with built in sunscreens
(look for the mention of an SPF on the label), which will provide
extra protection against wrinkles by guarding against the ageing
effects of the sun’s UVA rays.
4. Look for a caffiene shot
A key ingredient in many skincare products these days, it’s worth
looking out for eye products containing caffeine. It’s great for
minimising redness and puffiness by constricting blood vessels and a
study by the University of Washington in the States found it may be
able to zap UV damaged cells in the skin too.
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