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Is eye cream a big con?

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naturelover Mon 03-Dec-12 18:10:06

I have always used normal moisturiser on my whole face, including eye area. But now I realise I have crepey skin around my eyes when I smile. I'm 38.

I am a bit sceptical about the claims made by skincare companies re antiageing, but I do wonder if eye cream is somehow better than normal moisturiser on the eye area.

What do you think?

IsaXMASbelleRinging Mon 03-Dec-12 23:12:33

Why don't you look at the ingredients on your eye cream? What does it contain that is specific to the eye? If you use a moisturizer on your face why is it not good enough for they eye? Maybe you prefer a different texture round your eye to the face? that's fair enough, but don't kid yourself it will reduce your wrinkles more than your face cream. If your eye cream is better than your face cream you need to look at changing your face cream for a better one, as eye creams come in such tiny pots you can be nothing more than ripped of.

peasandlove Tue 04-Dec-12 07:23:32

I'm 38 and have been using eye cream since I was 16 and I don't have crows feet. I have one small line in the outer corner of each eye and some fine lines underneath as that's how my face creases when I smile/laugh.
i'll always use it I think
the rest of my face is ageing however

IsaXMASbelleRinging Tue 04-Dec-12 07:46:45

OK, carry on everyone, convince yourself your eye-cream is stopping your wrinkles, your money, your loss, the cosmetic company's gain.

I will continue with using my moisturizer (which has sunscreen) round my eyes (bet none of your eye-creams do).

ParsleyTheLioness Tue 04-Dec-12 08:01:50

<feels like I have inadvertently strayed into AIBU> The skin around your eyes is THINNER.

ggirl Tue 04-Dec-12 08:11:33

I can't use cream with spf in it around my eyes, cos it creeps into my eyes and stings like buggery .

I do agree with Isa to some extent, what you put on your face will be fine for your eye area , hence my recommendation for bravuras hyaluron serum.
I need a lubricant there as well though and prefer to use an eye cream that isn't too oily or has spf .

mamaonion Tue 04-Dec-12 09:35:40

I have used eye cream since I was 20-I'm 30 mow and so far eyes look good but ageing is all downhill from here I guess!

But my real argument is that yes, to me eye creams do make a difference as I have quite allergenic skin. Clinique stings like mad if it gets anywhere near my eyes, as do loads of other brands. I use avene products on my face, which aren't to pricey, and currently have a nice eye cream by caudalie which was a bit of a treat. But it doesn't irritate my skin, products for whole face tend to leave flakey sore skin.

Merlinswife Tue 04-Dec-12 10:14:33

The Daily Mail did a feature 2 years ago on eye creams- might still be online if you search.

Simple came out the best at something like 3.99 a pot and much better than Clinique at £25.

I used to use eye cream some of the time. I haven't for years and TBH my skin is still good.

It's all bollocks about the skin being thinner so you needs diferent creams. Yes, the skin IS thinner so it will dry out perhaps more easily and wrinkle, but these lines are down to evaporation of moisture, UVA/UVB rays, and expression lines. You could just as easily use Vaseline- anything that stops the moisture evaporating. There have been loads of features etc in the press quoting dermatologists who say this.

You might like to use an " eye" cream because it's less sticky and gives a slightly smoother base for eye shadows, but honestly, it won't erase wrinkles or prevent them any more than any old cream would.

IsaXMASbelleRinging Tue 04-Dec-12 13:13:58

mamoanion if your face cream stings your eyes, it will not be doing any good for your face either, only irritating it, you need a different face cream!

Why would the skin being thinner around the eye mean you need a different product, other than you prefering a different textured cream.

If there was a magic ingredient in the eye-cream that is stopping wrinkles, then why is that not in your face-cream too? for example, retinol is known to help combat ageing skin and help it look less wrinkled, as are antioxidents like vitamin e, green tea etc and sunscreen. There is nothing that can be put in an eye-cream that you can't use on the rest of your face too.

You will probably find if you look at the ingredients that both your eye and face-cream from the same product line are similar. They just charge you more for the eye-cream (per ml) and, yes, they are very convincing at marketing it so you think you need it.

TigerseyeMum Tue 04-Dec-12 13:21:27

I think some of you are confusing people using eye creams with people using eye creams because they think they prevent wrinkles.

As for needing a different cream for your eyes than your face, I get eczema on my eyelids and need a much gentler cream near my eyes than my face generally.

IsaXMASbelleRinging Tue 04-Dec-12 13:45:53

But Tiger, shouldn't you be using the gentlest cream possible for the whole of your skin?

Any product that contains any colour, fragrance etc will be irritating to ALL your skin.

I thought the question was 'is eye-cream a big con?' and I was answering the question with YES!

blanksquit Tue 04-Dec-12 14:29:01

I bought a Simple one the other day. My eyes get a bit puffy and are also quite wrinkly. It has made a bit of a difference I think. The puffiness has gone down at least.

They were doing buy two get on free the other day in a big well known chemist and I usually use their cleanser and moisturiser. So I just got it because it was free but it was less than £4 to buy.

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