Ask Alex: Eye creams

by Alex Hushcha

Question: Do you believe in eye creams?
Yes, to a certain degree. You aren't going to magically get rid of dark circles and all your lines with an eye cream. 

Damn.

A targeted treatment for extra hydration will definitely plump up the eye area and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also work below the surface of the skin to help prevent more wrinkles. No product is getting rid of dark circles. None, unfortunately. Depending on what's causing the dark circles, you may need to alter your lifestyle. For example, you can try to get more sleep, perhaps take an allergy medication, or stop rubbing your eyes as much. Or, you can also try to obtain an entirely new set of genes.

Getting rid of dark circles is going to be something you may have to look into more invasive treatment for because there is no wonder product. Fillers, for example, can help to an extent. Fine lines that you may currently have could be saved with a retinol product. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Eye Fusion PM and La Roche Posay Redermic C Eyes Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer Filler are both excellent choices. 

Keeping hydrating sheet masks in your fridge are another good option. When you wake up, you can throw them on your face and the cold will bring down the puffiness and inflammation while your skin takes a drink. 

But, what about caffeine?

Caffeine is going to constrict the blood vessels so it's a very temporary solution only if your dark circles are caused by circulation issues or blood pooling in that area. If it's caused by any other combination of environmental or genetic factors, you're out of luck. Hereditary dark circles like mine are just results of your skin being pigmented in that way and the addition of caffeine to your eye care routine will do nothing. It may be harsh, but it is the unfortunate truth. Caffeine will essentially do the same thing a cold spoon will do in the morning to reduce some puffiness and the visibility of dark under-eye rings. It could arguably do more work a few hours longer because a caffeine-concentrated cream will sink into your skin, but even then... For dark circles that are hereditary your best bet is a great concealer.