Everything You Need To Know About Eye Serums
Just like facial serums, eye serums are highly efficacious skincare products –able to bring about some of the most visible results in skincare routines. You may be acquainted with eye creams and their anti-ageing, firming benefits, but might be less familiar with the benefits of their serum counterparts.
To address dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging, an eye serum can be implemented. Especially for this thin and sensitive area of skin, a targeted approach will do the most to benefit it. So, what does eye serum do to improve the feel and appearance of skin?
See why this skincare step is so effective at brightening and strengthening skin at any age, and where to apply eye serum in your regime.
What are eye serums?
They may share a similar place in routines and be designed for the same small area of skin, but is eye serum the same as eye cream? As opposed to the thick texture and moisturising focus of eye creams, the texture and purpose of an eye serum shares more in common with facial serums.
Typically light weight, an eye serum includes a high concentration of potent ingredients, which are used to target specific concerns. Formulated in either a gel or water base, eye serums are created to absorb into especially thin skin. They do this by permeating skin layers without leaving behind residue.
How does eye serum work?
Given their closeness in formulation, you might be thinking can I use face serum under eyes? The eye area is 40% thinner than the rest of the face, and only thins more over time. Because of this, eye skin requires specially formulated skincare products, to ensure ingredients are implemented without overwhelming the dermal layers. When implemented to a skincare routine, an eye serum can provide the following anti-ageing and brightening benefits:
Common ingredients used in eye serum
The benefits of an eye serum depend on the ingredients used. All eye serums include high concentrations of potent ingredients. To improve the texture, feel and appearance of skin, eye serums may include the following skincare ingredients:
Vitamin C: L-ascorbic acid, the version of vitamin C used in Kiehl’s skincare, is the most effective form of the antioxidant. Used in an eye serum, L-ascorbic acid works to address skin ageing. Signs like fine lines are visibly reduced, while skin’s radiance is supported.
Botanical extracts: used to support the skin barrier, extracts like evening primrose hill and lavender essential oil can assist in strengthening the thin area of skin around the eyes.
Sodium hyaluronate & hyaluronic acid: a hero in skin hydration, hyaluronic acid absorbs deeply and retains essential moisture, helping skin to maintain plumpness. Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.
Tri-peptides: a protein component, tri-peptides are molecules. Used within an eye serum, Kiehl’s formula with tri-peptide complex helps to address the visible effects of puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
Kiehl’s range of supportive eye serums
Because of their targeted approach, eye serums can be tailored to your specific skin needs and routine. You can opt to enhance an anti-ageing regime or use an eye serum to target a concern you have around that area of skin. Alongside facial serums, eye serums can be layered on top of each other to achieve multiple benefits. Ensure the ingredients in separate products correlate before layering.
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum
Our brightening and strengthening formula can be used for both anti-ageing purposes and to refresh tired-looking eyes. In this serum, 10% Pure vitamin C is combined with hyaluronic acid and tri-peptides. Blue and brown under eye circles are visibly reduced for a brightened and refreshed eye area. Hydrating and protective, the serum also helps to visibly correct lines like crow’s feet and plump the delicate area of skin. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum
This potent formula targets the contour of eye areas, promoting a youthful and lifted feel and appearance. A blend of sodium hyaluronate and botanical extracts help to firm and hydrate skin, and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet. The addition of illuminating minerals promotes brightened skin and combats fatigue. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
How do you apply eye serum in a routine?
In a multi-step skincare routine, it’s important that you implement each product in the right order. Below, see where to apply eye serum in your regime.
- Morning and night, a cleanser purifies, clears and preps skin for products like eye serums. Use with lukewarm water to remove impurities and bring skin back to a neutral state.
- Apply your facial serum and eye serum. We recommend starting with your specially formulated eye skincare, before using facial serum on all other parts of the face.
- Allow a couple of minutes for serum to absorb before applying eye cream and moisturiser. This seals in your skincare routine and hydrates skin.
- SPF is your final morning routine step. Every day of the year, sunscreen protects against ageing skin and promotes skin cell health.
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