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The short answer is, you probably shouldn’t, but you can. A moisturizer can and will moisturize the area around the eyes. But the eye area requires more than moisturizing to maintain its health and resiliency and moisturizers may not have all of the ingredients that the eye area needs. Let’s dig into the details so you can make the right decision for your skin.

There is this false narrative that we see pop up from time to time that eye creams are unnecessary and essentially the same thing as a moisturizer. But for trustworthy skincare companies, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Eye creams were developed because the skin around the eye is the thinnest on the body and behaves differently than the rest of your skin. In some areas around the eye, the skin is actually less than one millimeter thick! The eye area also has a lower amount of oil glands than the rest of the skin. This means it is very susceptible to moisture loss, breaking down, irritation, and inflammation. As a result, the eye area is often the first place we see signs of aging.

Quality eye creams are developed to address each of these concerns in ways that a moisturizer cannot. A moisturizer’s job is really quite simple - treat and prevent dry skin and protect the skin from environmental elements that cause dryness or irritation. Eye creams do more since they are specifically formulated to be extra mild for the sensitive skin around the eye area. Many are formulated to encourage collagen production which is important for any anti-aging routine. Additionally, you should check to see if some of these ingredients are in an eye cream before purchasing:

Peptides, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid

A combination of these ingredients is often included in eye creams as they help with things like fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, puffiness and/or have antioxidant properties. And remember, eye creams are not a quick fix. They should be used daily as part of your long-term, preventative care. That is how you will see the best results around this important area of the face.

Bottom line: targeted treatments are designed to treat specific conditions or concerns. Eye creams do exactly that. They’re specifically formulated to give the skin around the eyes what it needs, where it needs it. And that’s why the most complete skincare routines always include an effective eye cream.