Do We Really Need Eye Cream? Here’s What I Discovered…


As a self professed skincare junkie, there are certain non-negotiables in my medicine cabinet such as cleanser and sunscreen. While I am ever so slightly fanatical about my skincare routine, I am well aware when I am purchasing a necessity or a treat. Eye cream has always been one of those items that straddles the line. All of the messaging tells me that I need it…but I have yet to find an eye cream that “works” for me. In the meantime, I’ve been fine without it – so what gives? Is eye cream something I actually need? I set off on a bit of a quest to find out the answer. Read on for what I found out.

When asked by Self Magazine (, dermatologist Dr. Debra Jailman advised that because the eyelid is both the thinnest skin on the body and constantly active (we blink 10,000 times each day), the skin around the eye area is usually the first to show age.

The moisturizer that you use on your body or face in general can, obviously, be used around the eye area as well, but it may cause stinging or burning. Creams specifically formulated for the eye area are less irritating as thy are generally milder and free of fragrances.

As a rule of thumb, while eye products are said to last up to 18 months, they are most potent in the first six months. Additionally, keep in mind that the expiration date on the bottom of the package or jar refers to sealed shelf life – that date goes out the window once the product has been opened.

These points may help to explain why packages of eye cream are just so darn tiny. In addition to the six month, on average, shelf life, the application size is about that of a pea. When applying eye cream, remember to use a light touch. It is recommended that you use your pinky which tends to have a lighter touch than your index finger. Apply eye cream using gentle, upward strokes.

And who exactly should be using eye cream? While there is no hard and fast rule, people with very dry skin or dark circles may see a benefit to incorporating eye cream into their beauty regime.

If you decide that eye cream is for you, a short list of ingredients you may be interested in includes hyaluronic acid for hydration, ceramides for retaining moisture, retinol for new cell growth or regeneration and vitamin C for collagen production.

For those looking for instant gratification, you may be slightly disappointed. Eye products, on average, may take up to 4-6 weeks of proper application before showing results.

While I think there are some definite benefits to eye creams, I personally am taking some time to assess my specific needs and then find a product that addresses them.

Happy Shopping!

by Kim England