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These Five Ingredients Are A Must In Any Eye Cream

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Everybody knows the most sensitive face area is around the eyes. If you don’t give it special attention, you may end up looking like you have spent half the night watching Netflix. You would be rather looking like a Sleeping Beauty than a rival to a zombie, right? So, fasten your seat belts, ladies! We are going on a mission of finding out the best eye cream ingredients! 

Is eye cream a must? 

Yes, you need a special eye cream! The reason is that the skin around the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face. And also more sensitive. There are almost no sebaceous glands or supporting fatty tissue around the eyes, meaning this skin reacts more violently to external aggressors. Dry air, sunlight, as well as lack of sleep, and an unhealthy diet are often leading causes of wrinkles and dark circles. So what can help us then? The answer is simple: a nourishing eye cream that regenerates and revitalizes the fragile eye area. For this, it must contain one of these ingredients:


Don’t you sometimes desperately wish to look more rested and awake? To replace dark circles with a glow? Vitamins C and E are the heroes you need! Vitamin C helps brighten, boost collagen production, increasing skin elasticity, while vitamin E calms irritations, hydrates, and protects. On top of that, they provide an antioxidant shield! Your sensitive eye area stays protected from pollution and external enemies every time you go out.

Hyaluronic acid

And what about annoying dryness and itchiness? Luckily, with a strong skin barrier, you can help your skin to hold on to moisture. I would say nothing beats up hyaluronic acid! We’re speaking about drawing the moisture from the air and holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water (amazing, IK). When we hear the word acid, we think of something stripping. But hyaluronic is a bouncy fluid. It’s found naturally in the body, with the task to lubricate joints and hold onto moisture in the skin. As it’s always the case, with age, production weakens. Which why it’s great to supply it with serums infused with hyaluronic acid.


I know I’ve said nothing beats hyaluronic acid, but ceramides do the work too! They are also found naturally in the skin’s outer layer — their production weakens with time, which is why you need to replenish the loss. Ceramides work amazingly at strengthening the skin and are gentle enough to be slathered on the eye area.


It’s always a pleasure for me when someone thinks I’m younger than I actually am. Is there anyone to whom this is not a compliment? No? I thought so. That’s why retinol became our BFF. This ingredient stimulates collagen production, which leads to skin strengthing. And then diminishes sunspots and fine lines — our skin tone and texture end up even.

But don’t forget there is a catch! Sensitive skin often doesn’t react well to retinol. And even if you have another skin type, there might still be issues, like your skin becoming photosensitive. That’s why eye products with retinol usually add hyaluronic acid and ceramides. These two hinder retinol irritations while nourishing and plumping the skin.


If your skin still can’t tolerate retinol, neuropeptides are an awesome alternative. The effect is similar: they both stimulate collagen and elastin production. But neuropeptides are gentler on the dermis. Briefly, neuropeptides work by reaching epidermal and dermal cells, fixing skin swelling, helping wound healing, and increasing the skin’s defense system. A safer option if you’re not into retinol, neuropeptides definitely deserve to be on the list with the best ingredients to look for in an eye cream.

P.S: These peptide-infused eye creams will help you a lot.

How to find the best eye cream?

Whenever I’m applying a beauty product, I have in mind the desired effect. Do I need hydration, brightness, or maybe both? I mean, don’t we all? So, it would be good to know which ingredients lead us to these goals. Different ingredients depend on the effects you are searching for. Caffeine is great in the fight with puffiness and dark circles. Retinol and vitamin C are great allies for anti-aging, while hyaluronic acid is good for hydration.

Next, never buy an eye cream packaged in a jar. The anti-aging ingredients, like retinol and antioxidants, can degrade the moment you open the jar! Secondly, listen to your skin and its needs!

The takeaway

Bear in mind the list of the best ingredients for eye creams. And please, make sure it’s fragrance- and alcohol-free! It’s a huge no-no for something you apply so close to the eye itself. Alcohol and fragrances dry the skin out and may cause eye irritation. In the end, remember: the filters on Instagram are great, but flawless skin is better!

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