The thickness of your skin varies, and the skin on your face is thinner than on most of your body. 

The skin around your eyes and eyelids is the thinnest of all and can be highly sensitive. This means it can dry out more quickly, is more vulnerable to environmental aggressors, and is more prone to various signs of aging. 

The eye area also has less sebum oil a, natural moisturizer, So suffice to say the skin around your eyes must be treated with care. This is where eye cream comes in.

What is Eye Cream?

Eye creams are special moisturisers formulated to be applied on the skin under and around the eyes. Eye creams contain either emollients or humectants or a combination of both. Emollients, like glycerin, fill in cracks and roughness, helping to smooth the skin. While Humectants, like hyaluronic acid and bionic acid, pull in water from deeper skin layers.

Adding an eye cream to your daily skincare routine can help keep this skin moisturized to prevent dryness, while also helping to maintain a healthy skin barrier and promoting under-eye skin that appears smoother, plumper, and firmer. When used consistently as part of your daily regimen, eye creams can also help reduce the appearance of aging and fatigue around the eyes, providing important moisture and care to this fragile area.

How & When is it used?

Thin to Thick!

As a general rule of thumb, when confused about what product to kick off your routine with, begin with the moisturisation part, starting with the thinnest and working your way up. 

Tip: Eye creams are famously thin in consistency.

Speaking of consistency, in order to get the best results in your facial care routine, it is important to never skip your eye cream.

To use an eye cream, dispense the cream onto your ring finger and apply in small dots around your entire eye contour twice daily, as part of your daytime and nighttime skincare routine. Gently blend the eye cream onto your entire eye area—including the under-eye area, crow’s feet, eyelid, and brow bone—using upward motions, until the cream is completely absorbed. 

Once absorbed, follow with the rest of your skincare routine. Avoid pulling on the skin under your eyes and using direct contact with your eyes. If contact with your eyes occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.

Who is it for?

A common misconception is that eye creams are for people with mature skin or people who already exhibit signs of aging. Eye creams are for whoever wants a balanced skincare routine, There’s no exact age at which you should start using an eye cream and eye creams can be used on all skin types. 

Can you use face cream around your eyes?

Not quite.

Although they may appear interchangeable for obvious reasons, the eye is part of the face after all. Eye creams and face moisturizers can be formulated very differently—including varying ingredients, textures, and concentrations. Therefore, your face cream may not always be suitable for use around your eyes. So if you’re on a budget, or don’t quite see the necessity, always read the product label closely to be sure whether your moisturizer is formulated for use on your entire face, including the delicate skin around the eye.

Rí na mara Eye Cream

Rí na mara deeply conditioning eye cream, moisturizes, and helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Our highly nurturing formula contains organic seaweed extracts, naturally derived Hyaluronic acid, and anti-oxidant-rich ingredients selected to visibly lift and firm the delicate eye contour, while also reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.

Benefits of seaweed in your eye cream

1. Brightens skin

Fun fact: Seaweed contains more vitamin C than oranges and Rí na Mara eye cream is formulated with vitamin C-rich Laminaria. 

Dark circles are a common symptom of tired eyes. When you notice dark circles under your eyes after a night or two of broken sleep, you’re actually seeing a network of blood vessels just under the skin. Vitamin C helps reduce and prevent dark circles under the eyes by strengthening the otherwise thin, delicate skin under the eyes. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties make skin more elastic and resilient, helping conceal the blood vessels underneath. It also delivers a glow and radiance that livens up the skin both aesthetically and physically. 

2. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Seaweed is famous for its anti-aging benefits. As dryness is a common symptom of aging skin, fine lines are a common symptom of dry skin. Seaweed helps to smooth these fine lines. Laminaria, for example, has a strong firming effect, that fights cutaneous sagging, stimulates natural hyaluronic acid, promotes collagen synthesis, and encourages cell renewal. It is rich in amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants keeping your skin looking plump and youthful. 

3. Protect the skin barrier

Seaweed contains essential fatty acids that help maintain your skin’s barrier. Polysaccharides such as alginic acid, help to lock moisture into your skin, and when moisture is trapped, the delicate skin around your eye won’t run dry.

4. Moisture delivery

Seaweed is full of humectants (things that draw in and retain moisture from the environment). Brown algae contain active ingredients such as phlorotannin antioxidants, bioactive polysaccharides, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. These extracts don’t just deliver moisture to the skin but reduce inflammation and help improve skin elasticity. Everything the skin around your eye needs. 

5. Safe for use around the eyes

Thanks to the incredible benefits of seaweed. Rí na Mara conditioning eye cream contains no parabens, no sodium lauryl sulfate, no harsh chemicals, no GMOs, no animal testing or derivatives, and no mineral oil.

It contains natural ingredients, goes through soft manufacturing processes, and environmentally friendly practices, and has no irradiation of the end product.

6. Suitable for sensitive skin

The anti-inflammatory properties of seaweed are beneficial for sensitive skin. In all our products, we source the highest quality naturally active botanical ingredients and incorporate the purest natural ingredients from marine or plant origin which are suitable for sensitive and all skin types. 

In short, eye cream is a skincare essential, suitable for all skin types and any stage in your skincare journey. So whether you’re working hard in front of computer screens or pulling all-nighters. Tired eyes are sure to be a regular occurrence so add one more item to your new year regime and refresh your tired eyes with Ri na Mara deeply conditioning eye cream.