The way the eye area is talked about in beauty speak can often be off-putting. Words like ’tissue thin’, ‘delicate’ and ‘fragile’ can make you feel like the area is a minefield of potential beauty don’ts but with the right advice you can make your eye cream work to your best advantage. Here, our guide on how best to apply and use your eye cream.
If you’ve heard this before it’s because it is one of the most important aspects of applying skincare technique. Don’t be as heavy-handed with your eye cream as you would your moisturizer. Use your finger tips to dab in sideways motions along the bottom and top eyelids or in soft swiping action. Even better if you can use your ring finger to do this–the muscles in this finger are generally weaker so they’re not likely to pull or rub on this delicate area (which can cause irritation or wear and tear on the skin).
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Applying your eye cream at the wrong stage of your skincare routine can be detrimental. The aim is to get any skin care to absorb properly into the skin so it can work under the surface. The rule of thumb is apply your skincare from lightest product to heaviest, that way the heavier products can penetrate through the lighter ones to be properly absorbed. So if your eye cream is richer and denser than your moisturizer, apply after it. If it’s lighter than your serum, apply before and so on.
Don’t over do the eye cream. Three drops the size of the tip of your little finger should be enough on both the top and bottom eyelids. If you’re massaging this in and there’s still excess dial down the amount you’re using.
When applying eye cream it’s important not to neglect certain areas of the eye that are prone to aging. The corner of your eye extending out to your temple is where crow’s feet will occur so don’t be afraid to use all the way out to just before the hair line. There’s no harm in extending a little below the lower lid to the top of your cheek as the skin is fragile there too.
One thing to be careful to avoid is applying your cream too close to your actual eye. The cream will travel during the day as your skin heats up and can seep into your eyes.
Putting your eye cream in the fridge is great way to de-puff eye swiftly in the mornings and will feel even better when the warm weather sets in.
This article originally appeared on Vogue.com.au.