This is a question we get asked so often: do I really need to use a separate product for eyes? Well, to be totally honest, yes, you do. Eye gels can make all the difference if your peepers are looking puffy or tired (here’s lookin’ at you Mondayitis).
Why bother with eye gel?
The skin around the delicate eye area is five to ten times thinner than the rest of your face and has no sebaceous glands, so it is prone to dryness, lines and sensitivity. It needs moisture because the skin around your eyes doesn’t produce any oil on its own.
Gel or cream: which is best for eyes?
Gels are soothing so they’re magic for reducing puffiness and inflammation. Although the eye area is prone to dehydration, it can actually be counter-productive to moisturise with a really rich cream. Doing so can actually cause puffiness around the eye area and, sometimes, even small white lumps (milia). Think of it like that heavy bloated feeling after a greasy meal – it ain’t pleasant. Take the no excess approach and stick with a gel that sinks in fast and hydrates just the right amount.
My eyes are puffy. Will eye gel help?
Firstly, it’s good to consider the cause: not enough sleep? Too much salt? One Martini too many? If it’s a lifestyle issue, cut back on the cause and help your body flush out the toxins by drinking plenty of water. Then bring on the big guns: an eye gel loaded with caffeine. Caffeine draws out excess fluid from the cells (it’s a diuretic after all), and so naturally tightens and tones the skin, reducing puffiness. It’s also naturally rich in antioxidants and can increase micro-circulation, so caffeine is an excellent remedy for dark circles. If puffiness is your primary concern, applying eye gel in the morning can help kick-start dermal drainage.
Does it help with fine lines too?
If you’re serious about fighting fine lines, you’ll need an eye gel that contains vitamin A, which helps to strengthen the skin, slow down the breakdown of collagen and elastin (the building blocks of a bouncy, youthful complexion), and has a light exfoliating action to even out skin tone. We highly recommend using an eye gel with Stevisse (a gentle plant-based retinol alternative) over retinol – retinoids are traditionally derived from animal products and can have irritating side effects for many people while Stevisse is well tolerated, even by sensitive skin.
Is there anything I can do to prevent wrinkles forming?
The only way to entirely prevent lines is to avoid UV entirely, and never squint or smile again. Short of hiding in a dark cave and ditching your sassy sense of humour, some laughter lines will eventually be part of your life. Having said that, you can prevent wrinkles deepening by relaxing facial muscles. We’re big fans of the no-needle kind – advanced skincare technology means we now have some powerful ingredients to help relax facial muscles and create a Botox-like smoothing effect on the skin. No needles required.
Is there a trick to applying eye gel properly?
Thank goodness you asked! There are a few handy pointers we’d love to share. Firstly, don’t use excess force because pulling the delicate skin around the eyes is not going to do you any favours. Skin experts recommend tapping on eye gel with your ring finger as it exerts the least pressure and ‘presses’ the eye gel into the skin. Work the eye gel from the inner area (near the nose) to the outer area (towards the temples) to get some lymphatic drainage happening.
How much should I use?
A pea-sized amount will do the trick. Apply too much and it might just end up sliding into your eyes. Dot a little on your brow bone and half an inch below your eye, then tap lightly with your ring finger until it has sunk in.
Can I use eye gel under makeup?
Yes! Avoid applying it to the eyelids directly (especially if you intend on wearing shadow) but do apply it on the brown bone and under the eyes because the skin-smoothing action of a good eye gel can help foundation and concealer glide on more smoothly. Give it a couple of minutes to really sink in before you put your face on. Then you’re good to glow!
Claire Hill WPC EYE COMPLEX – The best eye gel for lines and puffiness