The RIGHT Way to Apply Eye Cream, Once and for All
By now we all know to use eye cream, gels, or oils, to curb the effects of the environment and natural aging, but there’s still a significant debate out there about how exactly we should be applying these formulas. We chatted with Dr. Jessica Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist at the New York Dermatology Group and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, to find out her take on proper application.
According to Dr. Weiser, “Eye cream should be applied by gently tapping the cream onto the lower eyelid skin starting at the inner corner and moving outward around the crow's feet.” Be sure to avoid the upper eyelid. Weiser warns that rubbing or squeezing the skin can have unsightly permanent effects like stretching, distortion, and other visual damage. Yikes!
Camille Obadia, the French founder of the celebrity spa Beaute Oblige in New York City and creator of the anti-aging skincare line Camille Obadia, supported Weiser’s sentiments, advising, “Always apply eye cream around the eye area by gently tapping with the tip of your finger but avoiding the upper eyelid.”
Obadia also warns her clients that timing is key when trying to look more awake, offering, “It’s best to use eye cream first thing in the morning and under your makeup to resolve eye puffiness.”
As beauty editors, we love to double down and use a super-hydrating formula at night that takes longer to absorb while sticking to a cooling gel formula in the morning.
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How do you apply eye cream? Let us know in the comments!