Ask the Professionals: Everything You Need to Know About Eye Cream

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How to keep your eyes looking young and youthful.

If you’re a skincare lover, you will have seen eye creams popping up everywhere at the moment. Skin Tok is constantly raving about them and talking about the endless benefits. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll have associated eye-creams with ageing, puffy eyes. So, what are all these young people loving so much? 

We asked Lindsay Tallant, therapist and training specialist at DermaQuest, skincare what all the fuss is about.

What is the main benefit of eye cream? 

“Eye cream keeps the delicate skin around the eyes hydrated and supple to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from developing,” Lindsay tells us. She explained that some eye creams also help to prevent dark-circles and puffiness by increasing the circulation underneath the eye. Many of us have been struggling to sleep during lockdown, so anything that makes us look awake and refreshed is a win-win. 

If eye creams help wrinkles, how young should we start using them?

We’re all desperately trying to avoid looking old, we want to keep our young, youthful glow for as long as possible. But if we’re really serious about anti-ageing, Lindsay says our 20s are the key time to be thinking about age-prevention. “People tend to start applying eye creams in their 30s when the signs of ageing appear but starting earlier is beneficial to prevent ageing for as long as possible.”

Can we just use regular moisturiser? 

Apparently not. “The skin around the eye area is a lot thinner and more delicate. It’s typically only 0.1mm thick on our eyelids and underneath the eye, whereas the rest of the face is 0.7mm. Therefore, a separate cream needs to be applied to this area as the consistency of the cream is developed specifically for this area.” 

If we apply our normal daily moisturiser to our eyes, the thicker consistency can result in puffiness as the skin will be overloaded – not what we want. 

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What ingredients should we be looking for in an eye cream? 

If your main aim is age-prevention, Lindsay says key ingredients are Vitamin C for its anti-oxidant benefits, peptides to help reduce puffiness and some key plant stem cells to help strengthen and repair the skin.

DemaQuest C Infusion Cream retails at £57 and contains all of these ingredients. It also claims to prevent ageing of the eye area for as long as possible.

If you’ve really been through it this past year and you’re looking for a hard-core product, Lindsay recommends the CBD Replenishing Eye Cream which retails at £67: “It’s the richest cream in the DermaQuest range and the addition of CBD helps to amplify the other ingredients. It also contains BV-OSC, a stable form of Vitamin C and also Argan Oil for its moisturising benefits.”

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How should we use it? 

“Eye creams should be applied daily in both the morning and the evening. A very small amount is ample, around the size of a grain of rice, and that is split between both eyes.

“Use your ring finger to apply the cream around the eye bone only. The ring finger has the lightest pressure which is key so that you don’t drag or pull the delicate skin as this can lead to puffiness and loss of elasticity around the eyes.” 

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