Why Using A Korean Eye Cream Is More Important Than EverPosted on 15/06/2020
Are you unknowingly causing damage to your eyes by using your regular moisturiser instead of a cream specifically for eyes? What’s the difference and why should I pay more attention to a tiny jar that is often more expensive than a regular moisturiser? What’s so great about Korean eye creams? We will explain all that and more in this blog. But whatever you do, when it comes to your skincare, don’t skimp on eye creams!
Ok, so why do I need a separate cream for my eyes and why Korean products?
When it comes to skincare, Koreans really know how to deliver. Korean eye creams are very popular because of the use of natural ingredients, which is especially important around the delicate eye area. Even though the skin around your eyes is still skin, it has its unique set of concerns that is a little bit different than other areas of the body. It is usually a lot thinner and sensitive.
Our eyes are also prone to dark circles and more wrinkles which is something that isn’t necessarily the same as the rest of the face. Besides brightening up the eye area and reducing the look of fine lines, the main goal of eye creams is to deliver the same active ingredients you would use on the other parts of the face but in a more gentle manner that doesn’t cause any irritation.
How different is an eye cream to a regular moisturiser?
Eye creams are often formulated with some of the same active ingredients as moisturisers or even certain anti-ageing products like retinol creams — but they’re just made with lower doses.
The reason is that the delicate skin around our eyes typically absorbs better than the skin on the rest of our body. Using too much product or the wrong product in this area with something too strong can cause irritation and damage.
Basically, eye creams are just specially formulated moisturisers to be used on a specific area of skin.
What should I look for in an eye cream?
When looking for a suitable eye cream, it is best to choose something that is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. If you’re using a cream that’s heavy with fragrances, it is better to keep it away from eyes. Scented products can cause irritation and allergic reactions around the delicate eye area.
A popular ingredient is caffeine in eye creams. It’s known to have a tightening effect upon application. Other popular ingredients, especially in Korean eye creams, include Snail Mucin, Ginseng, Peptides, Ceramide, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and Fermented Extracts. These are all powerful anti-ageing ingredients that are common in Korean skincare.
The bottom line is many eye creams contain similar ingredients to facial moisturisers but just in different potencies.
Are there any facial moisturisers that are safe to also use around the eye?
If you’re using basic moisturiser on your face simply to protect the moisture barrier, it should be fine to use around the eyes. It’s when your moisturiser contains more active ingredients in higher concentrations (which may happen with certain acne products or anti-ageing creams) that you would want to avoid the eye area.
When should you start using eye cream?
Eye cream needs to be part of any regular skincare routine — even from a young age. Your skin is an important organ, and it needs daily maintenance. When it comes to using eye creams specifically for anti-ageing, it’s important to understand that we are ageing every day which means we should be anti-ageing every day. There should be something on board to at least help protect that area from the daily free radical damage that happens.
If you’re still sceptical about whether eye creams really work, dermatologists have said that they are beneficial but they’re not miracle workers. Eye creams are perfect for brightening up the area under the eyes and helping with slightly sagging skin. However, not all skin concerns will be ‘fixed’ with an eye cream. Eye creams are more of a preventive solution to slow down the natural process of ageing as well as to prevent more invasive solutions (such as surgery) later on.
Korean Eye Cream Recommendations
We advise using eye cream as part of your morning and night ritual. Our top recommendations for Korean eye creams are:
- COSRX Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream
- INNISFREE Jeju Orchid Eye Cream
- KLAIRS Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel
- LANEIGE Eye Sleeping Mask
- BELIF Moisturising Eye Bomb
As the skin around your eyes is more fragile than other areas of your face and body, it’s crucial to take special care of it. Using a regular facial moisturiser that contains strong actives could be too much for your eye area and may cause irritation or damage in the long run. The last thing you want to do is further thin out the skin around your eyes as this causes more sensitivity and wrinkles! Using a product specific to this area of your face is more beneficial for your overall skin health.
Korean eye creams use effective, natural ingredients that protect and nourish the delicate eye area gently and without irritation. Their formulas specifically target improving the appearance of fine lines / crow’s feet and also prevent further wrinkles from appearing around your eyes. Additionally, they help strengthen and brighten the skin as well as retain moisture – giving your eyes a revitalised, healthy appearance.
What’s your favourite eye cream that has made a difference in your skin? Have you tried any Korean eye creams before? Let us know in the comments below!
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