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Many women wonder if eye creams are different compared to other facial creams. And the answer is, it depends.

Although skin around the eyes tends to be thinner than that found on the rest of the face, it is the same otherwise. While some individuals find that their regular facial moisturizer works just fine around the eye area, others find that it may be too heavy. This is highly dependent on each individual skin type as well as the formulation of the cream itself. Some face creams may be well tolerated on the rest of the face, but may lead to irritation and/or milia (blocked pores) around the eye area. If you are concerned that this may happen when you apply your regular face cream to the eye area, then do a patch test around the eye area to see if this occurs. If what you're concerned about is dryness and the face cream is well tolerated, then you've just saved yourself the cost (and the additional time) that comes with using two eparate products.

Of course, if what you're after is something to treat a problem associated with the eye area specifically - puffy eyes, under eye dark circles or crow's feet – then you may need to consider an eye cream designed for this purpose. One caveat: most eye creams do not contain any sun protection. This is problematic since the eye area is one of the first to show signs of aging in terms of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Whether your face cream doubles as your eye cream or you use one specifically formulated for that purpose, find a good UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen that protects your face (including the eye area) and use it every day. An ounce of prevention is worth it and your skin will thank you.

If you are looking for an eye cream, here are some to consider:

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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 17, 2010
    • If you are wearing your shades outside is it still neccessary to wear an spf around the eyes?

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      Leeann wrote Mar 17, 2010
    • I am a big eye cream user, I use sunscreen with  15 on my face .

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      Wil Sargento wrote Mar 17, 2010
    • you definitely have to use spf for your face!!!  Eye creams are intended just for your eyes so that if you have the right cream, it will help in firming the eye area and prevent wrinkles from showing in the long run like the Timewise Age-fighting Eye cream of the Eye-firming Eye cream with Mary Kay.  It’s the best!  You just got to try it to see for yourself...I can help anyone who needs it...Take care of your skin!!

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      Robinesque wrote Mar 19, 2010
    • Yesterday, I had a MAAAARVELOUS facial - which I haven’t had in over 4 years!!  I looked FAB!!
      Then, went to a wedding last night and today, waltzed into The Body Shop here in Dubai and bought their Vitamin C Skin Booster Serum.

      I don’t usually buy into the whole “eye cream” mantra.  I say, “if there were a pharmaceutical cure, then EVERYBODY would be using THAT product, and we wouldn’t be inundated with all the choices.”

      Anybody using this?  I’ll let you know how it goes.happy

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      Robin M wrote Mar 20, 2010
    • Eye creams SHOULD be different! Since however, wearing sunblock near the eye causes many to tear up, sunglasses are your best defense. Wear them in the sun always so you won’t be forced to squint - which causes you wrinkles!

      The multi-med pharmaceutical-grade eye cream created by Drs. Rodan + Fields, hydrates and protects, and my fav aspect - it has optical light diffusers to make eyes appear immediately brighter.  Wink, wink!  

      ANTI-AGE Multi-Function Eye Cream is clinically proven to minimize crow's feet, dark under-eye circles, and puffiness and is heralded as a Skin Miracle Worker by Lucky Magazine!

      Please let me know if you’d like more education on the products or on caring for your skin.  I have an educational facebook page for anyone interested.

      with smiles not wrinkles,  :)

      P.S. Talking About Wrinkles...

      Of course everyone ages, but the way in which our skin ages is very much under our control. Here are 4 lifestyle changes you can start to make right now:

         1. Keep those eyes covered. Sunglasses are a must, everyday, no matter how cloudy it is.

         2. Get your beauty sleep...on your back. Over time, a nightly face plant into your pillow will cause those pillow creases to become permanently etched into your skin. Train yourself to get off your side and sleep on your back.

         3. Don't drink from a straw. The puckering associated with drinking from a straw has been observed to increase wrinkling around the lips.

         4. No smoking, or quit if you do. It makes you look a decade older than you actually are. Smoking breaks down collagen, impairs wound healing and restricts blood vessels, resulting in sagging, sallow and course skin.

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