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The skin around your eyes is almost 10 times thinner than the rest of your face, so experts recommend that you start using natural eye creams as early as your 20s to prevent and protect your eyes from signs of aging such as crow’s feet and dark circles.
Why wrinkles? Because this skin is so delicate, it’s more likely to lose collagen, which is responsible for keeping skin smooth, soft, and supple. And because your eyes are almost always moving—blinking, winking, and smiling—the sensitive skin around them is the first to form fine lines and wrinkles.
Uncover the culprits to dark circles and hyperpigmentation: Dark circles can show up especially after a night of little-to-no sleep or during a period of high stress. When you’ve got tired eyes, your blood vessels actually grow in size, making them appear more pronounced beneath your thin under-eye skin. Dark circles and hyperpigmentation are also tied to aging (your under-eye skin gets thinner as you age), poor circulation, genetics (dark circles can be hereditary), and environmental factors, such as sun damage, that strip and dehydrate your skin.
Don’t let blue light get you down: There’s another form of light damage: high-energy visible (HEV) light, also known as blue light, which harms the eye area’s delicate skin. Computer, smartphone, and TV screens emit blue light rays that cause free radical damage and accelerate the aging process. Blue light can penetrate farther into skin than the sun’s UVA light, causing deeper damage that eventually shows up as wrinkles, rough texture, and brown spots.
The good news? A broad- spectrum sunscreen with antioxidants can protect the eye-area skin against blue light’s oxidative damage, and there are plenty of brightening, tightening, dark-circle-diminishing, and line-filling eye creams that you can layer beneath your SPF.
Look for These Ingredients in Natural Eye Creams
The following natural eye cream ingredients tend to be among the most effective:
- Hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate skin and lessen wrinkles.
- CaffeinE to counter puffiness and under-eye circles by constricting blood vessels.
- Ceramides to smooth skin.
- Vitamins A and C to improve collagen production.
Get glowing with Burt’s Bees Truly Glowing Eye Gel Cream. The Hydrate & Glow Complex is a blend of proteins, humectants, and oils from peas, mangos, capuaçu seeds, safflower seeds, and jojoba seeds that plump and hydrate your skin above and below the surface. Your skin will reflect more light and appear to glow.
Puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines disappear with Andalou Naturals CannaCell D.Puff Eye Cream. Hemp stem cells, organic hemp seed oil, aloe, horse chestnut extract, vitamin C, resveratrol, and goji berry extract plump, smooth, and brighten your eye area. Gently massage around eyes with the built-in applicator.
Refresh your eye area with Evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm. Wild carrot seed oil revitalizes tired skin, minimizes hyperpigmentation, and smooths the delicate skin around the eyes. Shea butter fortifies and protects, avocado oil plumps, sunflower seed oil nourishes with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, and rosehip seed oil softens fine lines and sun damage. Apply above and below the eye area or use all over your face to help seal in moisture.
Look refreshed with Pacifica Vegan Collagen Recovery Eye Cream. Vegan collagen proteins produced through a plant-based fermentation process are infused into this moisturizing eye cream that easily absorbs. Hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and flower extracts of chamomile, calendula, orange, jasmine, and arnica boost hydration and perk up the eye area. The fragrant flower extracts leave a subtle floral scent.
You won’t believe your eyes when you see the transformative effects of Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment. The eye gel erases fine lines and wrinkles with retinol, while aloe-infused beads, antioxidant grape seed, and adaptogenic reishi mushroom extracts moisturize and protect the delicate skin around the eyes from free-radical damage.