Eye Creams Versus Moisturizers

Ever wonder if you need an eye cream just because the skin around your eyelids is thinner, more sensitive and lacks oil glands? Modern marketing certainly would make you think the answer is a resounding “absolutely.” And that would be an accurate response if your moisturizer didn’t consist of emollients that help hydrate the drier skin around your eyes and contained harsh ingredients like alcohol or fragrance that can cause irritation to the delicate skin around your eyes.

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Eye creams are basically moisturizers that are modified to be more gentle on the skin.

But if your moisturizer contains quality ingredients that are sensitive on your skin, especially if those ingredients are plant based like the ones we use, the chances are quite good that the moisturizer you use on your face can also be used as a bona fide eye cream.

The whole reason eye creams are a “thing” is because of their marketing claims that they will reduce puffiness, fix dark coloration, and eliminate wrinkles. Some may accomplish this to a certain extent. But if you are looking for an eye cream to work overnight, you are going to be disappointed. You have to use an eye cream regularly for 4 – 6 weeks before results can be seen and again they will only be seen if the ingredients you are using are good ones.

Some key natural ingredients you can look out for are 1) calendula which can fight under-eye puffiness (so can tea bags and cucumber slices); 2) Vitamin A and the antioxidant Vitamin C help increase collagen production which helps fight wrinkles; and 3) hemp seed oil which contains anti-inflammatory properties due to vitamins A and D in addition to being able to improve moisture and skin elasticity from its balanced amount of essential fatty acids (omega 3s and omega 6s).

The four moisturizers we make are a good place to start your search for an effective moisturizer for your face. And if you get adventurous or want laugh in the face of eye cream hype, you can try a small dab around your eye but ONLY IF you read the ingredients first. That’s because there is still a chance your eyes and skin could be sensitive to them even though they contain natural plant based ingredients. After all, poison ivy is a natural plant and nobody wants to put that anywhere on their skin.  So while our formulas are based on herbal traditions and designed to be safe and gentle, we want you to understand that allergies and sensitivities exist.

One last thought on eye cream hype: in addition to applying an eye cream or a moisturizer, remember to stay hydrated and wear sunglasses and/or wide brim hats.

Stay Natural,

Jessica

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.

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