Everything you need to know about an under-eye skin care routine


The skin around our eyes is a study in extremes. It’s subjected to the constant strain generated by our body’s fastest, most frequently-used muscles. In fact, we make over 100,000 eye movements per day, many of which occur in less than 1/100th of a second – literally quicker than a blink of the eye! The problem? The skin around the eyes is also the body’s most delicate. It is the first place where signs of ageing appear, as it is 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face. Add to that the hours we spend each day squinting at our screens, and it’s no surprise that premature ageing around the eyes can add up to 20 years to a person’s perceived age. In addition, there is a lack of focus on proper eye care routine, poor lifestyle choices and inconsistent skincare routine. Already feeling strained? Here’s everything you need to know about undereye skincare.

Ingredients to look for

Hyaluronic Acid: This ingredient helps to increase hydration and elasticity around the under-eye area, which helps to keep fine lines at bay. To improve moisturisation and reduce water loss, choose an eye product that contains a combination of smaller and higher molecular Hyaluronic Acid.

Vitamin C: This holy grail ingredient aids in the production of collagen, the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, and the evenness of skin tone around the eyes. We highly recommend the BioLumin-C Eye Serum – this supercharged serum delivers Dermalogica’s ultra-stable Vitamin C complex to the skin’s most vulnerable areas, brightening and firming to address fine lines and wrinkles at their source. The end result is brighter, firmer and more resilient skin around the eyes.

D’Glucosyl Gallic Acid: It is a lesser-known ingredient and is activated by the skin’s natural microbiome that works to brighten dark circles and energise the skin around the sensitive eye area.

Sea Water Extract and Arctic Algae: These have a toning effect that helps to prevent the formation of wrinkles and heavy bags.

Dos and Don’ts for under eye care


Apply eye cream/serum on cleansed and exfoliated skin

Apply eye cream/serum on the orbital bone working from the outer corner inward

Use the ring finger to apply the eye product as it exerts light pressure

Gently massage the eye product until absorbed in the skin

Follow the product’s direction of use


Do not rub your eyes too much

Do not use alcohol-based products around the eyes

Do not use products with comedogenic ingredients

Do not pull or stretch your skin while cleansing or applying a product around the eye area

Do not use excess product

Do not apply the eye product near the lash line

With inputs from Hinaa Khan, Head of Education, Dermalogica India.

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