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Do I Need an Eye Cream?

Ask Bella: Do I Really Need an Eye Cream?

Have you ever wondered if an eye cream is really necessary? A reader posed just that question, asking:

I recently went to Sephora to replenish some of my basics — moisturizer, eyeliner, concealer, etc. A saleswoman asked if I had any questions and I did; I can never seem to make my concealer stay put! She said I needed to start using an eye cream and that it would make my concealer stay. I know there are many benefits for using eye cream, but is this one of them? Or was she just trying to make a sale?

It's always tough to know whether a salesperson is being sincere about what beauty products are actually worth the purchase, or whether he or she is trying to make their sales goals, but when it comes to eye creams, I've got some opinions. Find out my answer when you read more.

In short, whether or not you wear eye cream is a personal choice. I find that my concealer just doesn't look as smooth or wear quite as long if I don't use an eye cream. (Actually, I prefer a gel.) I even use my eye cream to refresh my concealer by early afternoon, and I love the rejuvenating results it provides. Do I see a difference in the reduction of dark circles and fine lines with my favorite eye cream? While my eyes are slightly smoother and lighter in appearance when I wear it, I don't notice a life-altering change.

However, since skin surrounding the eyes is typically one of the first places to show wrinkles and dark circles, adding hydration to the area through use of an emollient eye cream can never hurt, particularly for those who experience crepiness with their makeup. If you're looking to test the waters, there are some great affordable creams available. However, if you decide to go without a cream, to keep your concealer from slipping, I recommend following Bobbi Brown's advice, which is to set your concealer with a yellow-based loose powder to prevent it from heading south.

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blondie829 blondie829 7 years
Clinique All About Eyes is the absolute best. I've been using it since I was 16 (I'm 25 now) and I have no wrinkles around my eyes.
gigill gigill 7 years
Lush makes a really nice cream. I'm currently one by Vasanti, which is also really good. I definitely notice a difference in moisture, appearance and how my makeup looks so I say eye creams are a good purchase. I find when I use my regular moisturizer in the area it can sting a little because it's not designed to go into that delicate area.
bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
I'm with GummiBears and GlowingMoon. Anyone have any suggestions that won't bring me out in milia? I'd like to be more attentive to my eyes, but they just seem to end up bumpy.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
you cant expect your eye area to look great without hydration. of course you need an eye cream. i also prefer light creams, almost gel-like. thick ones just tug on my skin while i try and spread them
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm with GummiBears. I had a problem with eye cream because it gave me milia.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
My problem is finding an eye cream that won't break me out in milia. I hate those suckers X(.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
Thanks rmonty82, you helped me! I am going to go check out some of your suggestions! :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
My aunt who is nearly 70 has almost no crows feet. When I asked her secret, she said she started with eye cream at a young age and has been applying it religiously ever since. I definitely notice a difference in my face on days when I don't use the cream compared to those when I do.
ren_kr ren_kr 7 years
I just think eye creams are only a necessity when you are older or if you ever get that tight feeling around your eyes. That said, it is still a great time to start getting in the habit to keep your orbital area moisturized and there are definitely cheaper alternatives in drugstores that work great if you don't absolutely need it now! My question is if toner is a necessity! Sales people are always pestering me that I must use it or my skin might as well shrivel up and dry up. But most toners that i've used either dried out my skin or broke me out due to sensitivity I assume.
rmonty82 rmonty82 7 years
I have been using eye cream since I was 17. I first started out with the Kiehls avacado eye cream, because of the smooth dewy finish it gives, and now at age 27 I use Korres Evening Primrose eye cream with spf6. At night I use the Burts Bees magnolia and pomegranite anti-aging eye cream. I am a bit obsesed. For the sales woman at Sephora, she is probably right. I used to work at Sephora and everyone is well trained, just dont be taken for granted. Get samples, try them out at home to make sure you don't get an allergic reaction, and research the products online. Then go back to the store and buy the product that worked the best for you. I have done many years of trial and error. Also an eye cream should last you 6-12 months. If your eye cream is used up before then, you are using too much. I hoped this helped someone out there. Like I said I'm obsessed.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
the second best thing i did for my skin last year was start using an eye cream. I think it is important to use an eye cream. I am 19 and when people find out I use an eye cream they say "your only 19 you don't need it yet", they don't realize I use it to help prevent any problems in the future.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I think an eye cream is an important part of a beauty routine in general! Eye creams are formulated especially for the delicate skin around the eye, and a regular day cream/lotion might irritate the skin and won't address the problems you may have with your eye area later in life. The eye cream I use is certified organic and has extra virgin primrose oil to fight free radicals and fine lines. Couldn't live without it anymore!
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