The needs of your skin change with the hours, the seasons, and, most noticeably, with the years. Your eye area is the most sensitive to time, which is why you should care for the skin here in two distinct stages.
Age is only a number ... until it comes down to the nitty-gritty of devising an effective skincare routine. As time shifts by, the needs of your skin inevitably change.
A complexion once served best by hydrating moisturisers is now calling out for antioxidant-rich nourishment. Because the thinnest of skin surrounds your eyes, it's not a surprise that this area is the first to show signs of ageing.
Caring for the skin around your eyes is best approached in two distinct phases:
- Phase 1: preventative hydration partnered with SPF and antioxidant defence
- Phase 2: curative anti-wrinkle actives with firming and smoothing effects
The question 'At what age should I start using eye cream?' is a little misleading. Proper care of the eye area begins in Phase 1, which should be initiated as soon as you develop a skincare routine.
Phase 1: You should start using an eye cream when you first begin to moisturise.
The eye area is easily neglected. It's small and easy to forget. It's also an area you're constantly advised to be delicate with. To use your weakest finger and lightest pressure on. To keep heavy creams away from.
Let's face it: you've probably been scared away from eye cream for these very reasons. But you can safely rely on our carefully selected product recommendations.
Preventative skincare is difficult to adhere to because results are not seen. However, if you're consistent, it's the most effective phase. These treatments prevent wrinkles from forming, which is far easier than fighting to reverse them.
Phase-1 eye creams combine nourishing hydration with antioxidant actives to build resilience that defends skin from external stressors such as UV light.
Prevent wrinkles before they form by integrating one of our favourite eye creams into your routine:
- Nuxe Prodigieux Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Eye Cream
- Burt's Bees Sensitive Eye Cream
- Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream
For 360-degree care, be sure to use sun protection too. We recommend Invisible Zinc Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 30+.
2. You should switch to an eye cream with anti-wrinkle actives anywhere from your late 20s to mid-30s.
Your skin actually inherits a blueprint for how it'll age. This is called your 'intrinsic ageing factor'. However, this isn't the end of the story.
Skin is also affected by the way your lifestyle choices, or 'extrinsic ageing factors'. Direct sunlight, pollution, and inadequate nutrition can accelerate what genetics has predetermined.
The difference in biology between skin types is the reason why we advise such a large bracket for the commencement of Phase-2 eye care. To determine whether you fit in the beginning or end of this bracket, you should look at the skin condition of your blood relatives.
When did your mother's skin first start to show fine lines? What about your fathers'? What does your grandmother's skin look like?
Phase-2 eye care integrates proven anti-wrinkle ingredients into your eye care routine. While there are many to pick from, we strongly recommend either retinoids (vitamin A) or peptides. These well-studied, efficacious ingredients firm skin by boosting internal collagen production, a factor that naturally slows with age.
Choose from one of Adore Beauty's approved retinoid and peptide eye treatments:
- StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment
- Decléor Expression de l'Âge Relaxing Eye Cream
- Dr LeWinn's Line Smoothing Complex S8 Eye Recovery Complex
You can learn more about these anti-wrinkle actives by heading over to our Ultimate Guide article, 'What's the Most Effective Way to Treat Eye Wrinkles Without Surgery?'