Retinol is considered to be the holy grail of skincare ingredients by derms, estheticians, and beauty bloggers alike due to its ability to virtually transform your face overnight! But while we know it should be a part of our weekly skincare regime, sometimes it can be kinda confusing knowing when and how to use it. Also, because it’s such a potent ingredient, the fear that it’ll mess up your skin is real, especially around the eye area.
When used correctly and carefully on the eye area, however, retinol can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and lessen the appearance of dark circles, which is why it’s crucial you know how to use it. To save you the trouble, we contacted the experts; Here’s the derm’s guide to using retinol around the eyes.
Why you need to use retinol…
Retinol helps with skin smoothing, the evening of pigmentation, enhancing of collagen production, and many other benefits. With every miracle worker product there are sometimes downsides, however, drying and flakiness can occur when you initially start using it, although with consistent applications these side effects reduce and the benefits will start to show.
Especially around the eyes..
And speaking of benefits, using retinoids around the eyes can have an effect on “dark circles, brown spots, and fine lines and wrinkles, such as crows feet,” says Tavernise. It can also help boost collagen production and we could all use a little more of that around the peepers, since the skin around the eye is the most delicate and takes a toll earlier than the rest of your visage. But before you go slathering on any ol’ retinoid you have lying around, just hold up. There’s a reason more and more eye-specific formulas are hitting beauty counters and drugstore shelves and that’s because you need to be cautious when using the high-potency stuff near this sensitive area.
Retinol eye creams
The area of the eyes is extremely reactive and therefore I always recommend that when using an eye cream, lotion, or gel, it be one that is manufactured and formulated specifically for use around the eyes. “It helps if it’s labeled as having been tested by ophthalmologists as well, checking every retinol label to triple check this right now. We also suggest being light-handed with your application in the form of a “less is better” approach. Follow the instructions and try not to apply it very close to bedtime (or too close to the lash line), as this puts you at an increased risk of the product migrating into the eyes and causing irritation.
Another heads up you should know about is after-care the next day. Because retinol essentially sheds dead layers of skin so you can grow new ones, you’re left extra exposed. Which means SPF (especially around the eyes) is critical. I recommend that individuals begin by using it once or twice a week and if it’s well tolerated, slowly increase the use to every day. Some individuals cannot tolerate it every day and get dry and flaky and in those cases, I recommend to use it the number of days your skin can tolerate it.
We hope you enjoyed reading this and will add retinol to your skincare regime as its important for your eyes.