Eye Cream Ingredients And What You Use
One of the most defining and noticeable feature of a person is their eyes. They convey emotion, intent, or even a way to assess the state of your health. We use them to communicate with others and eye contact is socially considered a sign of respect and connection. Eyes are used every day, all day often in harsh conditions – extended sun exposure, under-protected contact with environmental factors such as wind, snow and pollutants, artificial light, etc. All of these factors contribute to how our eyes, and more specifically the skin around our eyes, age. It’s no wonder that the cosmetic industry is experiencing a drastic increase in sales for eye cream.
Why the increase in demand?
It all started back with the Baby Boomers who were heavily bombarded with the social culture of glamorized youth, which started to equate youth as beauty and aging as undesirable and unattractive. Fast forward to today and this culture has been further anchored by the birth of social media and the rapid normalization and access of anti-aging cosmetic surgery. People today, men and women alike, are feeling the pressure to remain youthful and are looking to less invasive and expensive alternatives to help their appearance stay younger for longer. Our eye area is one of the parts of our body that can show aging more quickly, but thankfully there are products to help address these concerns, such as eye cream.
With popularity comes an abundance of choices – there are prescription grade creams, creams and gels that you can buy for low to mid-range cost at the drug store, to higher end/cost brands that you can purchase at department stores or specialty stores. Each brand makes its own claim as to it benefits so it can be difficult to know which to choose.
Creams versus Gels
The major difference between eye cream and eye gel is texture. Gels are lighter and absorb more quickly. Some gel products claim that they are more effective at reducing puffiness and circles and are generally marketed towards younger consumers. Creams are thicker and often claim to provide better moisturization, which is said to improve wrinkles. With that being said, however, each person’s skin is different and may respond differently to each product.
What is “Non-Comedogenic”?
There are many terms used in the cosmetics industry and consumers might not know exactly what they mean. The term non-comedogenic refers to the testing results that indicate that it does not clog skin pores (cause acne). This is an important factor when considering an eye cream for people with acne prone or sensitive skin.
Parabens – or lack thereof
Parabens are preservatives that maintain the integrity and efficacy of the product. These additives prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus in eye cream, gels and many other beauty products. This is important because if a product has become contaminated with fungi or bacteria, aside from the product likely becoming ineffective, the consumer would be at risk for infection. This is especially a concern with products like eye cream, which are used very close to areas that provide direct access to the body via membranes. There have also been recent concerns over the safety of parabens in general. It has been suggested that these preservatives could be linked to breast cancer, however current studies are inconclusive. Even though research is still being conducted as to the validity of these claims, many consumers aren’t taking any chances and are opting for paraben-free products.
Many consumers now have an increased desire for ethically produced and organic products. Animal testing in the cosmetic industry has not been kept a secret, however more and more manufacturers are producing “cruelty-free” products to appeal to those who take ethical issue with these controversial testing practices. In addition, you will see some brands of eye cream marketed as organic or natural. “Natural” means that the product was formulated using ingredients that are derived from natural sources. “Organic” means that these natural ingredients were cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals or pesticides.
There are many choices for aging conscious consumers when it comes to eye cream and gels. It’s important to read the labels and understand what exactly the product is so you can be confident that you are purchasing a product that agrees both with your beliefs and your skin.
This article was written by John Terry, who has has some friends who are skin care experts and through them he learned about the advantages and disadvantages of various skin care products including eye cream.