8 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying An Eye Cream

Sparkly eyes lend charm to your personality. But, the stress of a modern lifestyle, combined with certain environmental factors, can lead to under-eye skin issues like dark circles and wrinkles. A lifesaver for those dealing with under-eye skin issues, eye creams are one of the most sought after skincare products in the market today. However, to get the most out of this skincare essential it’s important to fix some common mistakes most people make when applying the product.

Don't Use Too Much

The under-eye area is relatively small, so you don’t really need too much product. Plus, most plant-based eye creams come at a higher price point compared to other skincare products, which means you don’t want to waste them. To get the most value for your buck, use only a pea-sized amount for each application. This will make the eye cream last longer and cover your entire under-eye area for best results.

Applying Eye Creams in Wrong Order

The order of applying skincare products matters a lot since it affects their absorption into the skin and the overall results. It’s best to check the instructions on the product packaging that’ll tell you more about using the cream with other skincare products. 

A general rule to keep in mind is that skincare products usually go from lighter consistency to heavier. This means, when layering products, apply the one with the thinnest texture and finish with the richer formula at the top. So, if your eye cream is richer than your moisturizer, you must apply the moisturizer first and layer the eye cream over it. But, as always, follow the eye cream’s packaging to see the advice of expert cosmetic chemists.

man rubbing his eyesRubbing Harshly On the Skin

The skin underneath your eyes is the most delicate and needs gentle care. Rubbing the product onto the under-eye skin will do more harm than good, leading to wrinkles and dark circles. Dot the eye cream for dark circles and puffiness and use your ring finger to dab it in. Use light strokes upward and outward with the same finger to blend in the product nicely with the skin. 

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Applying Your Eye Cream On Dry Skin

This is a common mistake most people make with eye creams. The skin around the eye is extra prone to dryness and damage since it has fewer sebaceous glands. For this reason, most eye creams are formulated with hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules to deliver an extra boost of hydration to this sensitive area of the skin. When you use your eye cream on over-dry skin, these hydrophilic molecules don’t have much moisture to latch onto so you’re not getting the full benefit from the product.

To get the best results from your eye cream, always apply it over moist skin. This locks in hydration and replenishes the skin’s natural moisture barrier, giving you that dreamy complexion you want. Remember to apply the eye cream immediately after washing your face, while it’s still wet. Tap the cream and blend it gently so the skin cells can absorb the hydration. Besides, wet skin allows easy application of the product, which prevents tugging and friction, protecting that delicate patch of skin from damage.

Slow Down, You're Moving Too Fastwoman with smeared lipstick

Don’t rush your skincare routine. Layering products too quickly is a common mistake. Once you’ve applied the eye cream, let it sit for a minute or two before moving onto makeup. This will allow the skin to absorb the product fully and prevent the cream from shifting when you apply makeup. 

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Apply Only At Bedtime?

Heard of twice as nice? This saying is totally applicable to eye creams, and don’t let anyone tell you-you only need an eye cream at night. Just like you should cleanse your skin and use a nighttime moisturizer, you also need to use an eye cream, both in the morning and at night. Here’s why — as you step out during the day, you’ll encounter environmental stressors like the harsh rays of the sun and pollutants, which can have a damaging impact on the under-eye skin. An eye gel, or an eye cream is your first line of defense to protecting your skin against environmental pollution and free radical damage.

eye cream in a containerFor daytime use, choose a lightweight eye gel with a water-based formulation that absorbs quickly into the skin, leaves no oily residue, and best of all — eye gels often contain soothing botanical extracts like green tea that reduce under-eye puffiness for brighter more spectacular eyes.

Your skin repairs and regenerates at night, and to help this process an under-eye skin cream is a must for your bedtime skincare routine. Choose a dense and hydrating eye cream that will pack on moisture and nutrients to restore and rebalance the sensitive skin under your eyes.

Getting the Product Too Close to The Eyes

Your eyes are extremely sensitive, and you must exercise caution when applying any skincare product around the eyes. Even though an eye cream is formulated for the under-eye area, it should never be applied near the lashes, over eyelids, or even near the inner corners of the eyes. Doing this is cutting it too close, and you risk getting the product into your eyes which can lead to irritation.

To apply eye cream the right way, simply dot the product along the orbital bone, right under your eyebrow. Also, apply a little under your eyes about half an inch below your lash line. Tap gently using the ring finger and blend well. 

Pay Attention to the Formula!

Last but not the least, not all eye creams are made equal. Depending on your skin’s concerns, it’s important to choose a product that addresses those issues. From dark circles, age spots, and hyperpigmentation to wrinkles and fine lines, there are wide-ranging under-eye skin problems. To ensure you get the most out of your eye cream, look for a product that’s formulated to address specific skin concerns. 

Ready to bid farewell to those pesky under-eye skin woes? With our tips and some slight changes to your routine, you’ll surely see the best results.

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