What’s the difference between eye cream and regular moisturizer? Can’t you just use the same cream for your whole face? Do you REALLY need to use an eye cream? I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile to weigh in on these questions that have stumped me forever. Over the years, I’ve turned to google searching and product reviews like any true millennial and realized so many other beauty lovers have the same predicament- there is so much mixed feedback out there!

Here are some facts:

  • The skin around your eyes is different from the rest of your face for a few reasons. First, it contains no oil glands (like lips), which contributes to fine lines and wrinkles showing here first.
  • The skin on your eyelids is also much thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face.
  • You don’t actually need to use a lot of product on the eye area. In fact, over saturation could cause irritation and counter productive effects.

Throughout most of my 20s, I’ve used one moisturizer for day and one for night over my entire face including eye area, with no issues. Naturally as we approach our 30s+, anti-aging advertising tells us that we need a separate cream for our much more delicate eye area. The trouble is, eye creams can be expensive (some luxury serums can run up to $300!) for a very small amount of product.

Can we skip it?

It was not until the last few years I’ve noticed the differences in my own skin, and tend to rely own my own experiences rather than information from opposing sides. For someone like myself with hereditary dark circles and puffiness, an eye cream or serum makes all the difference! Ingredients like caffeine, hyaluronic acid, neuropeptides and retinol may not be included in your regular moisturizer (although many do contain these ingredients) and target these issues specifically. I suppose the need for an eye cream is specific to the individual. If your under eye issues are similar to mine, or you notice a more significant loss of moisture and elasticity in this area, then you will definitely benefit from a targeted product. If you are blessed with a consistent texture in your skin, you may be able to skip it and use one moisturizer for your whole face.

Do you guys use an eye cream? If so, which one and why do you love? I’d love to hear!




  1. September 18, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Ahhh i needed to hear this! I am always in a predicament when it comes to this and a lot of the use I skip it (unless I need a good dose of caffeine for puffiness). I had NO idea that there were no oil glands in the eye area, makes so much sense! Thanks for the tips xo

  2. Georgia
    September 23, 2017 / 6:01 am

    I use Deciem 5% caffeine at night, but not everyday it’s pretty heavy and can thin the senitve lining around eyes like you said. I also use the Rose hydrated eye gel from Fresh in the morning, the gel base feels very light and refreshing. I’m a huge fan of eye masks! Would love to hear your opinion on some you’ve tried.

  3. January 18, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    for years I resisted buying a separate eye cream. Now I use eucerin because of the SPF protection. I have also tried byTerry with very good results, though not sure the expense is worth it.

    • sixelementblog
      January 28, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      I can relate, I’ve tried so many and still looking for my go-to!

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