The Beginner’s Guide To Eye Cream: All The Facts

Eye cream; with oh-so many to choose from it can be a little daunting, even for the beauty savvy. Most of use are left wondering where to start? When to begin using one? And most importantly, which one to invest in?

It’s a beauty minefield.

So we’re here to make things a whole lot easier, whatever your eye cream SOS, we’ve got the answer…

What age should I start wearing eye cream?

As a general rule start using eye cream at 18, although it’s way to early to be worrying about wrinkles then, it’s still important to keep eyes hydrated. Beauty Therapist and Skincare Expert, Ada Ooi, explains why, “our eye area lacks sebaceous glands – which means the skin doesn’t get oil to the surface so it’s easy for dryness to set in. Think about it, whenever your face skin needs moisture, your eyes need a shot of hydration as well.” Well moisturised peepers will help your eyes look bright no matter what your age.

Ok great, so which eye cream is right for me?

This is where your age becomes a bigger factor, as you get older your skin craves different things. Here’s what to look for…

Under 28’s:

“For you it’s all about hydration. Look out for ingredients like marine algae as it’ll boost moisture” explains Ada. Super antioxidants like raspberry, green tea and vitamin C and E, will also help brighten up eyes and fade dark circles – perfect for hiding a late night.


Super Facialist By Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Eye Cream, £12.99

This Works Perfect Eyes Recovery Cream, £28

Age 28 onwards: 

Our eyes lack collagen and elastin fibres (that stop skin from sagging), “keep your eyes looking young by looking for ingredients like Squalene. Squalene can reduce wrinkles, reverse UV damage and lighten dullness” says Ada. Our body’s naturally produce squalane, but levels usually start to decline after we hit our mid 20s, so it’s better to start topping up early.


Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, £32

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, £24.50

Age 35 onwards:

You need ingredients that are seriously hardworking and can inject moisture into the skin, like hyaluronic acid – which will give a major hydration hit. Peptides are another hero ingredient, they act like a messenger, giving signals for the skin to produce collagen, so it looks smooth and youthful.


Formula Advanced Super Peptides Firm & Lift Eye Cream, £12

SkinCeuticals A.G.E Eye Complex, £59.95


How should I store my eye cream?

Eye creams are best kept in cool places to keep the active ingredients from being disturbed by the heat (so steamy bathrooms are a no, no), instead, keep it in the fridge. 

How much eye cream should I use?

A pea-sized drop should be enough for both eyes.

How do I apply eye cream?

Before putting on your eye cream, warm it a little between both fingers. Then apply the cream at the bottom of your eye sockets using your ring finger and gently draw a few inward circles. Repeat this motion just above the eyebrows with any leftover cream on your fingertips. Then, very gently tap the skin in the area, this will help the cream penetrate the skin. 

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By Victoria Jowett