A good eye cream is your best friend when it comes to smoothing fine lines and banishing bags—but what happens when you start using the wrong one?
I’ve always been picky about what I put on my sensitive, combination skin—except when it comes to eye cream. For the most part, I just throw whatever new tube or pot I come across into rotation, working under the theory that as long as I keep the delicate area around my eyes hydrated, I’m good.
Not so, as it turns out. A recent spate of small red bumps that popped up around my eyes exposed the error of my ways; apparently using the wrong kind of eye cream can lead to some nasty side effects and send you running to your dermatologist. Read on for some common complaints and what to do about them.
Red, itchy skin around the eyes
Anti-wrinkle ingredients like glycolic and retinoic acids have an exfoliating action that can be too potent for sensitive skin, causing an itchy, burning sensation. Other potential enemies in eye formulas include vitamin K, caffeine and high amounts of alcohol, which can “aggravate reactive skin,” according to Cohen.
If you want to take out the big anti-aging guns without antagonizing your skin, look for creams containing peptides, ceramides, hyaluronic acid or vitamin C. These promote plumpness by helping skin retain moisture and by reducing inflammation.
Schaf Eye Cream. www.schafskincare.com