Do eye creams really work? Maintaining a youthful eye.

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Do eye creams really work? Maintaining a youthful eye.

Eye creams are not a quick fix. Some people are under the impression that by using an eye cream their wrinkles will disappear completely. I’m sorry to say, eye creams do not work this way.

If you want a quick fix, Botox is going to be your go too for dramatically smoothing the skin around the eye area. Here’s the good news, eye creams do help keep the eye area moisturized and prevents wrinkles in the long run.

The thin delicate eye area around the eyes are the first places to show fatigue and signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by the weakening of collagen and elastin fibers. Dark circles are usually a sign of pooled blood under the eyes. When tiny veins break under the eye-area and leak, it appears as bruising or dark circles. A healthy, strong skin matrix is key to supporting the capillaries and eliminating dark circles.

Fluid build up is a common source of puffiness under the eyes. To eliminate this, under-eye fluid buildup must be stimulated to flow away from the area. Because skin around our eyes have very few oil glands and are less than half the thickness of the rest of our skin, it requires special care.

To truly benefit from eye creams, one needs to spend time exfoliating two to three times a week around the eye area with a gentle exfoliant. This removes dead skin cells which in turn gives eye creams a chance at working.

I love Skin Medica’s AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser and exfoliating cream. The cleanser gently scrubs away dead skin cells with jojoba beads, alpha and beta hydroxy acids. The AHA/BHA (Figure 1) cream gives additional exfoliation which creates brightness, tone and texture for smooth skin. Both products are good for all skin types.

Figure 1 AHA/BHA

The staff at Twin Ports Dermatology researched and chose the four eye creams below to retail.

Figure 2 Elta MD Renew Eye Gel

This eye gel is formulated with extracts, vitamins and anti-aging ingredients. The big deal is Argireline, which is a fast-acting Peptide that relaxes the eye area muscles that create expression lines.
Elta MD Renew Eye Gel

What this does for you:

  1. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Increases hydration
  3. Acts like liquid Botox
  4. Diminishes dark circles
  5. Eliminates eye puffiness

This is an oil free gel, that can also be used on the upper eyelids. Good for all eyes. Reasonably priced.

Figure 3 Teamine Eye Complex

Eye cream that is formulated to work through pathways. Key ingredients are Teamine Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Mica, Silica, Titanium Dioxide and Peptides.

What this does for you:

  1. Diminishes dark circles
  2. Reduces puffiness
  3. Smooths fine lines and wrinkles

Good for all skin types. #1 eye cream for dark circles recommended by physicians.


Figure 4 Platine CR Eye Cream, left

An advanced luxury eye cream with a combination of Peptides, Retinol, Vitamin C and hydrating ingredients.

What does this do for you:

  1. Reduces signs of aging
  2. Diminishes dark circles and puffiness
  3. Diminishes fine line and wrinkles
  4. Hydrating

Good for all skin types, especially mature skin in need of repair.


Figure 5 Platine GrenzCine Eye, right

An advance luxury eye cream with Polyamine + and Vitamin C, which provides a boosting of collagen, healing and repairing the skin from outside-in while the Vitamin C works from the inside-out giving an unparalleled collagen boost and thickening of the skin.

What does this do for you:

  1. Increased firmness and hydration
  2. Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
  3. Improve appearance of dark circles
  4. Lifts and tightens
  5. Increases luminosity for younger looking skin

All skin types, especially mature, thin skin; also, any patient having laser treatments, peels, micro-dermabrasion, micro-needling or using retinoids or exfoliants.

It’s amazing and exciting to see the break throughs and advancements in skin care technology, especially skin rejuvenation for the eye area with a gentle yet effective topical approach.


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