For such a small area, there are a surprising amount of skincare complaints that affect the delicate area under our eyes.
From crow's feet to dark circles and wrinkles, and from irritated skin to bags, the area directly under our eyes is sensitive enough that it needs a little help from us, perhaps more than any other part of our face or body.
Since it is so thin and delicate, the area is also commonly the earliest area to show signs of aging.
But what can you do about it?
Applying a night-time eye serum may just be the way to keep your under eye skin healthy and youthful, and starting early, before any signs of aging have surfaced, is almost certainly the best way to keep the ravages of time at bay.
But how, why and which?!
We've got you sorted, but first things first:
What is Eye Serum?
A serum is a highly concentrated skincare cream that contains a much higher percentage of active ingredients than creams do.
The purpose of a serum is to create a protective barrier over the skin that keeps these ingredients in for as long as possible to do their job and to feed the skin with multiple botanicals and nutrients.
An eye serum, in particular, is used to achieve this for the particularly sensitive and easily damaged skin around and below the eyes - preventing wrinkles, dark lines and similar.
When to Use Eye Cream or Serums
While the question of when to apply eye serum may seem like it could be quite complicated since it is for other skincare products, it's actually super simple.
Eye serum or eye cream should always be the last stage of your skincare routine, no matter what other products are involved.
This means that at night time eye cream should be the last thing you do before bed, and in the morning eye cream should be the last thing you do before you leave the house - simple!
Should You Put Eye Cream on Eyelids?
Generally, wrinkle's, crows feet, dark circles, and most other signs of aging in the eye area appear below the eye. This, combined with the fact that below the eye is one of the softest and most delicate skin areas on our body makes it apparent that applying eye cream or serum here every day is a very good idea.
But what about the top eyelids?
This is a more common question than you might think, and the answer is while you can and it'll be harmless, there isn't much reason to.
Our eyelids are typically naturally wrinkled anyway and aren't visible to the majority of people we talk to on a daily basis (as long as our eyes are open!).
Applying eye serum to our eyelids is completely harmless, and will even help protect the skin of our eyelids, so for all means go for it if this is important to you!
But, for the reasons listed above, it is completely fine if you miss them out too.
Can I Use Eye Cream on my Face?
Not only is the answer yes, but many Korean celebrities swear by it!
Eye cream and moisturizer do many similar things anyway but eye creams/serums tend to be much gentler and more concentrated due to how delicate the area is.
It's perhaps this fact that's behind the trend growing in Korea, but it's worth remembering that eye serum is generally more expensive than moisturizer too, so doing this regularly may become a pricey habit!
When to Start Using Eye Cream
Since our night-time eye serum has powerful anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties, customers often assume that it is for aging people only.
This actually couldn't be further from the truth and the reason is prevention.
When wrinkles and signs of aging begin to appear, eye serum can still help to reverse those signs and prevent the wrinkles from getting any worse. However, at this point, you can't reverse everything entirely and look like you're 20 again!
But if you start using eye serum in your 20s and 30s, the skin around your eyes will be healthy, hydrated and protected for the vast majority of your life, giving you years of extra time before these signs of aging ever become visible, and continuing to slow their development even then!
In that sense, it is best to start on eye creams as early as possible in order to get a headstart on those who aren't even thinking about it yet!
How to Apply Eye Cream the Correct Way
If you're wondering how to use eye serum or under eye cream, whether to use eye cream or moisturizer first or of course when to put on eye cream, you're in the right place as we're about to break down the most effective method!
Step 1: Make Sure Your Face is Clean!
Cleansing is arguably the most important part of the whole process, as using an eye serum when your pores are full of sebum and foreign objects is only going to seal all of that stuff in, causing more problems than it solves.
We recommend doing a Korean double cleanse if you have both types of cleanser available, but just cleaning your face thoroughly with your favourite cleanser will do the trick otherwise!
Simply gentle massage your cleanser into your skin in a circular motion, then rinse gently and pat dry.
Step 2: Exfoliate Your Skin and/or Use a Mask
Using a gentle scrub to exfoliate your skin helps remove the dead skin and any other debris or blockages that may be remaining after your cleanse.
A nice clay face mask or sheet mask will do the same thing, or do really push the boat out and make sure your eye skin care routine really goes to the next level, do both!
Step 3: Use a Toner
Using a good quality toner with a cotton pad will remove the last traces of dirt that may be remaining, soothe any irritation or red marks and help to close your pores.
Step 4: Moisturizer
This isn't strictly anything to do with the question of how to apply eye serum, but we are putting it here anyway because ideally, you should never cleanse your face without moisturizing straight after.
This is because your skin is at it's cleanest (obviously) and most hydrated straight after being cleaned, so applying moisturizer allows you to keep all of that moisture locked in. The ideal product for this is one that contains Hyaluronic Acid.
Step 5: Eye Cream Time!
Now that we've definitively answered the question of whether you apply eye cream before or after moisturizer, it's time for the reason you're here!
We always talk about the importance of using gentle, all-natural skincare products with no synthetic or irritating chemicals because we truly believe this, but even if you disagree, the one time this isn't debatable is when we're talking about the skin around your eyes.
This skin is thinner, softer, and easier to damage than our skin anywhere else, so using a kind eye serum with natural ingredients is necessary to avoid redness, irritation, dry skin and other damage.
Our dark eye all-natural eye serum is specifically formulated for this purpose and uses natural active ingredients such as vitamin E, aloe vera and rose oil, with zero parabens, manmade chemicals or other nasties.
This is the best eye serum on the market thanks to the effort we put into its formula and is one of the very few eye serums that are light enough to immediately apply makeup after!
When the time comes to apply your eye serum, you should be sure to use as little as possible.
Seriously, just a few tiny dots will do!
Put a tiny amount on your finger and dab several tiny dots along the top of your cheekbone. Once you've done this, use the tip of your ring finger to gently pat the cream in as opposed to rubbing it.
This is important because rubbing your eye with your index or middle finger generally puts a lot more pressure on and can quite easily damage the skin under your eyes.
Eye Cream Before and After
The above before and after eye cream image comes from a study in laboratory conditions and shows the reduction in wrinkles of up to 75% that can be seen after just 2 months eye serum use.
The below image from the same study shows a reduction in wrinkle depth and size that was achieved in only 28 days eye serum use:
We hope this guide has given you enough information on how to use eye serum effectively to delay the signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark lines and crow's feet.
As the study linked above shows, eye serums can not only prevent the signs of aging but reverse them too, making you look younger and more beautiful than ever!
To learn more, click on one of the images below, otherwise, join us next time for another useful guide!