We want, nay need different things in the morning (coffee) and at night (our friend's HBO GO login). So do our tired eyes.
Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau illuminated me on this recently—as well as the proper way to apply eye cream—and since switching up my formulas for the a.m. and p.m., I've never looked less sleep deprived.
"In the morning, there is puffiness from water retention from yawning before bed combined with laying flat all night," explains Rouleau. "At night, your skin is in its reparative state." The best solutions for each? Coming right up.
In the Morning...
During the day, Rouleau recommends using an eye cream that's high in antioxidants to protect the eye area from environmental free radical damage. Another, game-changing characteristic is a formula with a little nip to it.
"An eye treatment that provides a cooling sensation to the eye area will reduce the appearance of puffiness and morning darkness," she explains. An ingredient that Rouleau loves is Vitamin C, which stimulates collagen, fights free radical damage, and reduces undereye pigmentation. You can find it in her Vitamin C Eye Brightener, which has a cooling gel texture.
"Before bed, use a nourishing eye cream to provide essential hydration to the delicate skin around the eye," advises Rouleau. "It should be formulated with the highest concentration of wrinkle-repairing and firming ingredients, like peptides and antioxidants, to help to improve and correct the appearance of dryness, fatigue, and expression lines."
While the formula can be richer than its morning counterpart, you don't want it to be weighed down by heavy oils, like mineral oil and petrolatum, that tug on skin and can deposit into the eyes. Lastly, it should also be fragrance free. "Avoid eye creams with fragrance, perfume, or parfum listed on the bottle or jar as it can lead to watery, irritated eyes."
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