Many people forego using eye creams, choosing instead to use their regular face moisturizer on their eyes. After all, eye cream is just moisturizer, isn’t it? Well, let’s look at the differences.
At their core, moisturizers are similar, using a lot of the same basic ingredients, such as oils, emollients, and emulsifiers; however, there are some key differences:
Moisturizers are intended for the entire face, sometimes even for the rest of the body, and tend to be thick and rich. This makes them great for all over use, but they are not formulated specifically for thinner skin; eye creams, on the other hand, are typically lighter and less oily, making them better suited for the thin skin around the eyes.
Many face moisturizers and creams will have general anti-aging peptides and vitamins, while some have no actives at all and are just formulated for moisturizing your skin. In comparison, eye creams and serums are formulated with blends of vitamins and peptides that are specifically designed to improve common eye area issues, including bags, crow’s feet, and dark circles. Some eye creams even contain caffeine, which may help tighten or firm fine lines around the eyes.
Moisturizers tend to have ingredients, such as fragrances, that are fine for most skin, but may irritate the eye area or the eyes themselves. Eye creams are specifically formulated to exclude any ingredients that could irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes, making them safer to use near your eye area.
So, all in all, is it worth it to use a separate eye cream, rather than just your regular moisturizer? They both have a lot of similar qualities; however, eye creams are designed to be better suited to treat and moisturize the eye area. With that in mind, even if you love the moisturizer you’re using, it’s better to use a separate eye cream to prevent irritation and see better anti-aging results.