Be honest, do you know where your eye contour is and do you know why it’s so important to take care of it? After being asked this question over and over on social media, I thought it’s best that we bring this subject to the blog.
A mystery for some, but a walk in the park for lots of people, the eye contour is an area of your skin that requires great care and attention. So what is your eye contour and are you missing a trick if you don’t include this area in your eye cream application? Let’s find out…
What is my eye contour?
Your eye contour is your orbital bone, aka your eye socket. It’s made up of 7 fragile bones that keep your eyeball safely secure and in place – this sounds pretty weird when you write it down!
Where is my eye contour?
The eye contour is the circular hollow that starts at the outer corner of your eyes, and that goes right around up to your brow bone.
Why should I take extra care around my eye contour?
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate on your face. All of the blinking, smiling and frowning that we do all day, alongside the environmental damage that we encounter on a daily basis makes our eye area the most common area likely to show the signs of ageing more than any other part of your face.
Another thing to point out is the fact the skin around your eye contour has no sebaceous glands; this means that this area is more prone to dryness and sensitivity, as there is less of a barrier of protection there.
If you want to get rid of fine lines…
Great for both a short and longterm radiant result, Vichy’s LiftActiv Micro Hyalu Patches will tighten, brighten and firm your eye contour. How? With 160 micro-needles that contain 100% hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, of course! Sensitive skin-friendly, and a less scary option for those who want to avoid going under the knife, these overnight eye masks don’t irritate; instead, they work hard to boost collagen production, smoothing away fine lines to create a more taut appearance.
If you have sensitive skin around your eyes…
Toleriane Ultra Eyes is a cult-favourite eye cream with gentle but effective calming properties. Not only will it keep your eye contour soft, hydrated and supple, it will also help to prevent itchiness and discomfort. Niacinamide is the star ingredient within this formula; its gentle decongestant powers are second to none, and its soothing abilities help to rebuild a weakened skin surface.
If you experience puffiness…
Refreshing and cooling, the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Hydrating Eye Mask is a fresh dose of relief for puffy eyes. Formulated with rejuvenating ingredients such as Irish moss to calm and innovative horse chestnut to improve circulation, your eye contour feels instantly awakened after using this gel-cream.
Choose to apply this every morning to soothe, or if your eyes are in need of an extra bit of TLC, use this as an overnight eye mask, and you’ll wake up to smooth, de-puffed eyes.
If you have dark circles…
FECC (Fractionated Eye-Contour Concentrate) is loved for its exceptional ability to brighten discolouration around your eye contour. An eye treatment that wears many hats, its radiance-boosting abilities will even help to fade discolouration on your eyelids thanks to its scientifically advanced formula. The combination of antioxidants and protein technologies work effortlessly together to restore radiance back to around your eyes.
How should I apply eye cream?
1) Always use your ring finger to apply eye cream as it’s the finger with the lightest touch, giving you the most gentle application method without pulling or tugging.
2) Never use more than a pea-sized amount of eye cream.
3) Place the cream where you can feel your orbital bone: around your eye, underneath your eye and up to your brow bone.
4) Instead of rubbing, tap the eye cream into your skin to aid circulation.
Top tip: When you use your eye cream, it travels. Avoid applying the cream too close to your lash line and steer clear of the product going inside your eye or overburdening the delicate skin around your eyes.