“Eye cream or patches: what is better and should they be used together?”

“Patches have long pushed morning coffee into the background. But can they replace the good old cream, and how to take care of the eye area in general?”

Reader marieclaire.ru, 26

Specialist’s response:

The skin of the eyelids is very sensitive and thin – 0.04 mm (for comparison, on the palms and soles of the feet — 1.6 mm). There are few sebaceous glands on it, so wrinkles appear in this area earlier than in other areas of the face, and any remedy is absorbed instantly. The main causes of wrinkles are a lack of hydration and the effect of UV radiation. And also lack of sleep, fatigue and stress.

It’s in vain to think that you can only get rid of patches, and the cream is needed for girls over 35. These are not interchangeable means, as many people think. They have different effects.

Patches are a means for instant effect. The result is here and now: it removes puffiness, traces of fatigue and smoothes the skin. They can be used at any convenient time and in any place. They provide a cumulative effect when using the course, especially if there are peptides in the composition. But most often they do not solve the problem itself.

The cream also has a cumulative effect and has a persistent anti-aging effect. It is achieved gradually, the result is noticeable after 5-7 applications.

The cream must be in care if:

  • the skin around the eyes is dull and dry,

  • it loses firmness and elasticity,

  • it shows creases, facial wrinkles and “crow’s feet”.

It is not always the influence of age. Although, undoubtedly, after 25, the production of its own collagen in the skin decreases. Problems in this delicate area often appear in 20 years. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on the condition of the skin.

The ideal option is a combination of patches and cream. In combination, they will give a faster and more visible result.

When and how to use

The cream should be applied in the morning and evening, after cleansing and toning. Apply the product with the pad of the ring finger (because the force of its pressure on the skin is the weakest), patting movements. Move along the upper protruding bone from the inner corner of the eye to the outer. On the bottom — from the outside to the inside.

For the best effect, apply patches over the cream. If the wrinkles are most on the outer corner of the eyelid, glue the wide side on them, and the narrow side on the inner corner of the eye. If there is puffiness or bags under the eyes, apply the wide part to the inner corner, and the narrow part to the ears.

Evaluate which part is more problematic, but remember: any method will be correct. Try not to keep them longer than 15-20 minutes. It is effective to use patches not only in the morning, but also in the evening, especially if you work at a computer or phone. Because of gadgets, we blink and squint more often. This provokes dry skin.  Patches will moisturize and erase traces of fatigue.

A few facts about patches to dispel the most common misconceptions:

  • One pair of patches is one application! There is no need to save money by putting them back in the packaging and using them again. So you risk getting irritation, acne and other troubles.

  • Patches are good to apply not only to the area under the eyes, but also to nasolabial folds, brow wrinkles and Venus rings on the neck.

  • Chilled patches better relieve puffiness, but do not prevent its appearance in the future!

  • Fabric patches, unlike hydrogel patches, are absorbed very quickly and can dry the skin.

  • Homemade patches, such as toner-soaked cotton pads, will help moisturize the skin around the eyes.

How to choose patches and cream, which components to pay attention to?

Choose care for the skin around the eyes, focusing on its current state, needs and problems that need to be solved. Almost all patches and creams moisturize and nourish the skin. But the rest of the functions depend on the active ingredients. Which ones should I pay attention to?

  • From puffiness – extracts of green tea, agave, aloe, tea tree, caffeine, vitamin K.

  • From dark circles — lightening components: vitamin C, niacinamide, glutathione.

  • From wrinkles – collagen, coenzyme Q10, peptides, epidermal growth factor (EGF), adenosine, antioxidants.

  • From dryness – shea butter, aloe and/or chamomile extract, rose oil.

  • To increase the tone — snail mucin, collagen, peptides.

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