Right after I post my skincare routine I always get loads of questions about eye cream. . . Do I use one? Did they somehow miss it? Did I forget to mention it? The answer is NO, and here’s why I don’t use an eye cream. . .
It’s shocking, I know, especially since we’ve all been convinced by the marketing and advertising that we absolutely, positively, NEED to use a separate eye cream. And we’re all so desperate (desperate? no, not desperate), just really really hopeful that something will take away our under eye wrinkles that we believe the marketing. I so want to believe that there’s a magical cream that will make my crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles disappear.
Unfortunately, after trying quite a few in the past, the only thing I believe eye creams do is to separate me from my money. I mean, if there’s an eye cream that really can erase my eye wrinkles, why wouldn’t I use it on my whole face? Same goes for a neck cream. People are always asking me if I know of a neck cream to tighten and firm their skin. Believe me, if there was a cream that could tighten and firm skin, we’d know about it, and we wouldn’t want it just for our necks, we’d want to put it everywhere!!
My point is that there are only a certain number of active ingredients that can actually penetrate your skin and make it change for the better, so it doesn’t matter if it says “eye cream” or “face cream” on the bottle. In my skincare routine I look for products with active ingredients that have studies behind them that prove that they work or have the potential to work, and I put them all over my face (including around my eyes), neck, chest and backs of hands. Basically everywhere I want to see improvements in my skin.
Just because the label says “eye cream” or “neck cream” doesn’t make it better or more effective than any other kind of product because it’s all about the active ingredients. In fact, if you look at the labels of most eye or neck creams, you’ll see the exact same active ingredients as in their sister face lotions.
For example, here’s the ingredient label from Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream:
and the ingredient label from Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer:
See any difference? They’re almost identical.
The main difference between the two products is the price tag. That eye cream will cost you $20.99 for 1/2 an ounce while the face cream is the same price for twice as much.
So for me it doesn’t matter whether the label says eye cream, face cream or neck cream. What matters is the active ingredients. It’s important to do your homework, identify the ingredients that work for your skin without causing irritation, and use those everywhere you want to anti-age!
Shop my fave anti-aging creams & serums to use all over:
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