When is the right time to start using an eye cream

It is a much mentioned dilemma for both men and women who begin to see the first signs of ageing often around the eye area where the skin is thinner and more delicate.  Here at Totally Aesthetic we have our own thoughts and our favourite brands but we wanted to ask the best Consultant Ophthalmologist & Oculoplastic Surgeon, Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai the real facts!

What age should you start using an eye cream? 

Ideally, it is advisable to commence some form of a skincare regime once you reach your 20’s as a preventative benefits and then in your 30s onwards for anti-ageing benefits.

As we grow older, we lose natural fat padding from the skin under the eyebrows. This causes the brows to appear droopy, especially on the outer corner, which can also make the eyes look smaller. Crow’s feet around the outer corners of the eyes become more apparent as we hit our 30s.

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Drooping at the outer edge of the eyelid is also common, and it can give you a ‘beady’ look. The skin under the eyes is one of the thinnest on our body. As we age, it becomes thinner and more transparent, which in turn, makes the blood vessels underneath more visible.

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The fat pads under the eyes begin to droop, leading to hollowing and puffy bags. Moreover, factors such as sun exposure, allergies, make-up removal and rubbing can cause hyperpigmentation. While lack of sleep, dehydration through excess alcohol and caffeine consumption, poor skin care and loss of collagen caused by smoking are also culprits.

We like – Zenii Revitalising Eye Cream – £75  www.zenii.com


What are the main benefits of an eye cream? 

By selecting eye creams containing ingredients like plumping hyaluronic acid, brightening vitamin C, plus a sunscreen you can help to help reduce collagen loss. In addition, a prescription retinoic acid can fade pigmentation and thicken collagen.

Cosmeceutical formulations are very sophisticated now and can address fine lines / wrinkles / crows feet / dark circles and puffiness too. For faster results on discoloured and crepey skin, look into light doses of hyaluronic acid injections around the eyelid.

Can you recommend a good eye cream for the following (a) anti-ageing, (b) dark circles and (c) wrinkle prevention? 

There are several good products on the market from brands such as Obaji, but I would suggest one that addresses all of these like iS Clinical Youth Eye.

What should you look for in an eye cream-ingredients? Can you list – 

Vitamin C  and Vitamin B3 (antioxidants), Hyaluronic Acid and peptides (specially tripeptides which can help skin produce more collagen & elastin). For brightening under eye pigmentation ingredients like kojic acid and arbutin can help.

Are there different types of eye cream you should use depending on whether it is day or night? 

Yes, daytime Eye Creams are often contain sun screen and antioxidants that protect the skin from UVA/B rays. They are light on compounds like alpha-hydroxy acids and retinoids because these compounds have a tendency to make skin more sensitive to the sun. Night time creams are focused on moisture and recovery as the skin does the bulk of its repairing, restoring, and regenerating while we sleep.

We like – Vitage Age Defence Eye Firming Serum £36.00 www.vitage.co.uk

What is the best way to apply your eye cream? 

There are several ways to apply product dependent on the formulation ( gel / cream / serum) however whatever method you use, you should be gentle. Soft massage and patting/dabbing a small (think rice grain) amount on the brow bone and half an inch underneath the eye.

Do any ingredients interfere with makeup? 

There are some ingredients in makeup that are more likely to induce reactions in the skin or even allergic dermatitis, e.g. lanolin

How long should you wait before applying your make up?

It is sensible to give the eye cream at least 2-3 minutes to absorb before you put make up on it.

Happy eyes make beautiful and healthy faces!  Let us know what works best for you at hello@totallyaesthetic.com for your chance to win an eye cream.

Meet Dr Sabrina

When is the right time to start using an eye creamDr Sabrina Shah-Desai, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Oculoplastic Surgeon, Perfect Eyes Ltd www.perfecteyesltd.com