Thin and delicate, the eye contour requires the application of a suitable care product. However, it is not immune to misconceptions. Let's clarify these points in this article to better understand eye contour care.
The truths and myths about eye contour care.
- Misconception #1: All moisturizing creams can be applied to the eye contour area
- Misconception No. 2: Eye contour treatments should be applied morning and evening
- Misconception #3: An eye contour treatment should be chosen based on one's age
- Misconception #4: Eye contour care should only be applied under the eyelid
- Misconception No.5: Eye contour care will be more effective if applied through massage
Misconception #1: All moisturizing creams can be applied to the eye contour area.
FALSE. The skin located around the eye contour is approximately four to five times thinner than that covering the rest of the face, making it sensitive and vulnerable to irritations and various external aggressors. Moreover, this area contains almost no sebaceous glands, which are responsible for sebum production, thus presenting a hydrolipidic film that is weakened.
Therefore, it is crucial to provide it with hydration, but not all facial moisturizers are suitable. Indeed, one of the characteristics of eye contour treatments is that they have been previously ophthalmologically tested, as the product is likely to migrate into the eye by capillarity after application. This is not the case for the majority of facial treatments. Moreover, these treatments sometimes have overly greasy textures, not suitable for the eye contour, or are too rich in active ingredients. These excesses could contribute to increasing the sensitivity of this area.
Finally, the eye contour often faces concerns unique to it, such as dark circles and puffiness , for instance. Certain eye contour treatments are specifically formulated to reduce these, like our eye serum, enriched with caffeine. If you wish to prevent the appearance of crow's feet wrinkles and dehydration fine lines in this area, we recommend our eye contour cream based on Q10 (INCI: Ubiquinone).
Misconception No. 2: Eye contour treatments should be applied morning and evening.
TRUE. Taking care of the eye contour is a delicate operation that should be performed morning and night. Applied in the morning, this type of care helps to refresh the gaze and brighten it after a night's sleep. Moreover, it is about protecting this fragile area from potential external aggressions it could suffer during the day (UV rays, pollution, wind...).
Using an eye contour treatment in the evening helps to promote cellular renewal that occurs during the night, as well as to firm up the area. Finally, even though sleep plays a significant role in this regard, using an eye contour treatment in the evening helps to prevent waking up with dark circles and puffy eyes the next morning. When applying the eye contour, be careful to only use a grain of rice-sized amount of product, to avoid congesting the area.
Misconception #3: An eye contour treatment should be chosen based on one's age.
TRUE AND FALSE. Age is a factor that impacts the condition of the skin around the eyes. It is true that concerns are often not the same at 20 years old and at 50 years old, targeting more so bags and dark circles or signs of skin sagging. However, the lifestyle also has a significant influence on the eye contour and partly shapes its appearance.
concerns that one should think when choosing an eye contour treatment, concerns that directly depend on one's age and habits.
Misconception #4: Eye contour care should only be applied under the eyelid.
FALSE. The care intended for the eye contour is applied both under the eyelid, from the inner corner of the eye to the temple, and above, just under the eyebrow arch. Indeed, even though no dark circles or bags are observed in this area, the zone above the eyelid is also very delicate and requires special care. Therefore, the application of moisturizing and possibly firming treatments is recommended to strengthen the entire eye contour and prevent skin sagging. Be careful not to use the treatment too close to the eyes, as an eye contour should not be applied at the edge of the eye.
Misconception No.5: Eye contour care will be more effective if applied through massage.
TRUE. Gently massaging the eye contour area while applying the product is highly recommended. This action ensures a better penetration of the active ingredients contained in the treatment, and also has decongesting and draining virtues, which are beneficial for reducing dark circles and puffiness.
Indeed, circular movements promote lymphatic circulation, which improves the drainage of toxins and waste, and prevents their accumulation. Light tapping, on the other hand, stimulates blood circulation and prevents the stagnation of blood pigments, which can give a bluish color to the lower eyelid.
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