Calling someone thick skinned isn't exactly a compliment, but from a wrinkle-fighting standpoint, being thick skinned is actually an advantage.
The more 'plumped up' skin is, the firmer it is and smoother it appears.
I couldn't help overhearing a comment in a beauty department recently. Two customers were looking at skin care products when one commented "I don't believe all that stuff about needing a special cream for the eye area – they just say that so they can sell you more products."
Eye Cream? I Beg to Differ
Was she right?
She was dead right about the 'so they can sell you more products' part. Of course cosmetics companies want to sell you more products – they exist to sell you more products.
As for whether special creams are needed for the eye area – I beg to differ.
If I were more of a meddler, I might have entered the conversation and told her to try treating the skin around her eyes the same as her hands or feet for a spell. I'm sure she wouldn't be too pleased with the results.
The eye area is the first place to show signs of age and wrinkling with 'crows feet' and fine lines.
So, although it isn't health hazardous to disregard the eye area, this particularly delicate skin does benefit visibly with special care.
Without getting into too much nerdy stuff (there are links to that part below), let's take a quick look at our body's largest organ.
The Skinny on Skin
Human skin is made up of many layers. The illustration above should give you an idea of how complex it is.
If the skin were removed (from the body of an average-sized adult) and laid out flat, it would cover between 1,5 to 2 square meters (16 to 21 square feet).
The skin varies in thickness throughout the body.
The epidermis measures in at approximately 3 mm (0.11 inch) on the soles and palms.
The thinnest skin is behind our ears – measuring approximately 0.05 mm (0.0019 inch) in thickness. The skin around the eye area isn't much thicker.
When formulating a product for the skin around the eyes, it should be a given that the product is easy to apply (without rubbing or pulling the skin) and quickly absorbed.
The Eyes Have it
In my world, a good eye cream is not only feathery light and melts in quickly, but is also completely free of perfume.
It was because of these requirements that I got serious about developing emulsions way back when (translation: about a million years ago).
Developing many products for the face, neck, and eye area has taught me that eye cream will also function beautifully for the face and neck. If I had to choose between eye cream and face cream, the eyes would have it – hands down.
Do TellDo you use a separate product for your eye area? What are your eye area product requirements?
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