The usefulness or otherwise of eye cream is something people occasionally ask me about and I was reminded of the topic when Nadine Baggott recently uploaded this video about eye products that work (there is also part two, focusing on high street products).
First of all, if you have been looking for skincare vloggers who are no longer 21, Nadine is very much worth following (and if you don’t follow Caroline Hirons, get that sorted as well). Second, I do generally agree with her about eye cream. Bottom line, if you have no time for the video: a separate eye cream is not necessary, you can use most of your serums and moisturisers (especially serums) under the eyes as well. Often, eye creams are in fact virtually identical to the serums or moisturisers in the same line, just in a smaller pot. So Nadine recommends buying a dedicated eye cream only if it has specific ingredients that your face products don’t have – like caffeine, for depuffing. The eye cream should do something the face products do not.
All this is correct. However, I think people often forget another reason why one would want to use an eye cream: depending on what you use on your face, it may not be perfect for your eyes. Sure, you can take your hyaluronic serum around the eyes without any issues and it will be helpful. I would NOT do that with my strong vitamin C and retinol products, however. And even if you don’t use anything as drastic, you may want to use a gel for the eyes and a more nourishing moisturiser for the face – or the other way around. It is quite common to have an oily face with dry undereyes and it can be difficult to find a product that is perfect for both areas. In my case, I in fact prefer my eye creams quite rich, but wouldn’t put the same stuff all over my face. I also like my eye cream to have a little retinol, but the retinoids I use on my face don’t really work around the eyes.
What I’m saying is that if you want a minimal skincare routine, by all means, cut out the eye cream. It will be simpler, faster and cheaper. But if you’ve found dedicated eye products that suit your eyes better than any non-eye cream or serum, do not feel bad about using them. Nobody knows your face better than you do. If you think it needs eye cream, you’re probably right.