If you’ve been keeping up with our eyes series you may have incorporated an eye cream into your regime to combat the effects of the environment and the natural ageing process but if you are a little flummoxed about exactly how to use it we’re here to help. It can be a confusing topic as everyone has their preferred method whether that is tapping, dabbing or massaging. The good news is that there is no single correct method but there are best practices that you should follow to get the most out of your eye cream.
When should you apply it?
Your eye cream can be applied morning and evening time and should be used after cleansing, toning and applying serum but before moisturising. You can use a dedicated morning eye cream and a separate one in the evening or use the same product twice a day. There are some ingredients that work particularly well in the morning or in the evening (see more information here) but most eye products are designed to be used at either occasion.
How much should you use?
The skin around your eyes is very delicate and sensitive so it should come as no surprise that less is more when it comes to eye cream. A small pea-sized amount in the morning and evening is all that you need. If you use too much there is a risk that every time you blink eyelashes will transfer some of the product into your eyes which will cause irritation.
Where should you apply it?
A common mistake when applying eye cream is to apply it too close to your eyes, this again can cause the product to be transferred into your eyes. When you rub your eyes it will push the eye cream into your eyes and usually skin is warm after it has been washed meaning that the product can move around and into your eyes. To avoid this, only apply eye cream to the orbital bone as this will ensure that you leave a clear space between your eyes and the product. To find your orbital bone, gently press about half an inch under your eyes until you find the bone and then follow this around the eye. This is the area that eye cream is designed to be applied and it will avoid unnecessary irritation and puffiness which can be caused from applying product too close to the eye.
How should you apply it?
Regardless of the method you choose to use (tapping or massaging) the key with applying eye cream to the delicate skin around your eye is to be gentle. In easy way to ensure that you don’t apply too much pressure is to use your ring finger as this is your weakest finger. You don’t want to rub or tug the skin as this will cause irritation, redness and wrinkles.
Apply a small pea-sized amount with the tips of your ring finger to clean skin either tapping or gently massaging the cream into your orbital bone. Work from the inner corner to the outer following the bone above and below the eye in a figure of 8. Leave to absorb for a minute or so before applying any make-up to prevent concealer or powder from caking up.
Eye cream application is a ritual that you can perform both morning and evening. When using in the morning follow with sunscreen as the eye area is sensitive to sun damage and premature ageing.
Hopefully this has cleared up some common misconceptions about eye creams so you can confidently apply your eye cream this evening whether you choose to tap, dab or massage. Correctly applying your eye products is key to helping to combat puffiness, dark circles or lines and wrinkles. If you still need a helping hand to improve your eye area then follow our tips and tricks for younger and brighter eyes and before you know it everyone will be asking how you look so well rested.