One of the many lovely responsibilities that comes with getting older is the adoption of an anti-aging routine. As you age, words like “retinol,” “hyaluronic acid,” and “Botox” suddenly become part of your vocabulary. Heavy-duty treatments aside, most dermatologists agree that your twenties is a great time to start an eye cream routine.
You might not be showing any signs of aging in your twenties or sometimes thirties, but it’s never too early to get a jump on preventing lines, says Erin Gilbert, M.D., celebrity skin expert. “The most important thing you can do is to adopt a good skin-care routine,” she says. “Using eye cream at an early age will not only get you on the road to preventing damage from occurring, but it will also begin protecting your skin from environmental aggressors.”
Eye cream is something that dermatologists all agree we should use to help moisturize sensitive eye skin and ward off fine lines. But, there’s not much out there by way of what to use or how to use them—and more importantly, when to use them.
Your eye cream really does need that time to settle into the skin. Applying it in the morning, then putting more products on top of it, makes it harder for it to absorb into the skin and can make those other products dissolve more easily. That’s why it’s best to use eye creams at night. Plus, your skin rejuvenates and repairs itself while you’re sleeping (like the rest of your body), so while your skin is working, it might as well have something to work with.
There’s also a specific way you should be applying your eye cream. You don’t want to apply just underneath your eyes where you may see puffiness or dark circles. Instead, you should apply eye cream all around the orbital bone to get at all the wrinkles and creases that crop up around your eyes.
Use your ring finger to dot your eye cream underneath and around your eye. It’s your weakest finger, perfect for applying products to the delicate eye area. With a patting motion, blend the cream in. Don’t smear or pull the cream around your eye, which could irritate the skin.
And now that you know how to apply it, we recommend this SwissZell Instant Eye Wrinkle Defense Cream ($125, Swisszell.com) In addition to de-puffing /anti-aging effect, this formula contains milk protein, for intense hydration and botanical extracts to fight signs of aging, and can help banish dark circles. Also, the super-gentle formula won’t cause any irritation if you get sloppy with your application.