Friday, August 7, 2009

Quick Tip: Where to Apply Eye Cream

If you read my previous post, you now know that you don't necessarily need to run out and purchase a special eye cream just to hydrate the area. However, since the skin around the eyes is thinner, it absorbs product more readily. As Mariella commented on my last post, using a product on the eyes that is too rich can cause tiny white bumps, called milia, to form. It should be noted that even eye creams can cause this if they're not designed for your skin type.

You can reduce the chances of this happening with this simple application method. Moisturizer, whether you're using eye cream or just your daily facial lotion, should not be placed any closer to the eye than the orbital bone- the circular bone that makes up your eye socket. A fool proof way of doing this is to apply the moisturizer in a triangle pattern to the bone around the eye- use no more than a small, pea-sized dab for BOTH eyes. Apply one dot to the brow-bone above the pupil, one on the bone below the pupil, and one on the outer corner, again, on the actual bone. Use your ring finger to gently pat the product into place, and that's it! Since the skin on your eyes is paper thin, it will literally pull the moisture into the areas that need it.

As an added bonus, you may notice less eyeshadow creasing and mascara smudging, since too much eye cream and incorrect placement are often culprits that cause these isses!


Anastasia said...

Holy crap. I've been seeing milia on my face and having no clue what it was or why it suddenly appeared. Not on my eyes, though, but close - above my cheekbone where I'd normally highlight.

Wonder which product caused it.

Mariella said...

@ Ana, I have it close to my browbone too, on the right side only, no idea what caused it. But I don't have it in the areas where I have been applying eye cream (or rather gel) for like 5-6 years.

Unknown said...

I noticed them on myself years ago, and thought I was stuck with them- I was told at one point that extraction by a dermatologist was my only option.

I should say that mine were never diagnosed, that I can recall, as milia, but there were tiny, yet noticeable bumps beneath my eyes along the inner orbit. I have had great results(as in they're basically gone!)reducing them with the use of Glycolic Acid products- notably the Mario Badescu Glycolic Toner and DDF Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash.

Of course, I am not a doctor, so this is just what has worked for me!

It's Me said...

THANK YOU! I was going to post a comment on your previous post, but just NOW got to a computer to play around.

Plus, ingredients in your daily moisturizer MAY NOT BE EYE SAFE. It is NOT tested for around the eye area!

Until I learned (thank you school) why eye cream was important if you wanted to moisturize your eyes (different skin, plus different ingredients in the cream -- the anti-aging properties in eye cream are typically stronger than a face cream, as well as tested for eye-safety!), I had the little bumpies too :-( Glad that I use eye cream and have now for years -- the little bumps ARE gone!

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