Do You Really Need an Eye Creme? Why Your Eyes Can Look 20 Years Older Than the Rest of Your Face


Jonathan Hunsaker: Welcome, everyone, to another
episode of Empowering You Organically. I’m your host, Jonathan Hunsaker, joined by
my co-host, TeriAnn Trevenen. TeriAnn Trevenen: Hey, everyone! Jonathan Hunsaker: So, today’s podcast, we
are talking about if you need to use an eye cream or not. As most of you know, we have launched our
vitamin C serum, and the response has been through the roof. And so, we’ve gotten a lot more questions
about different skincare products. Do you need eye cremes? Do you need these other things? So, we’re going to make several podcasts throughout
the next couple months just talking about different skincare products. So, TeriAnn, let’s talk about it. Do you really need an eye cream? TeriAnn Trevenen: Yeah. So, there’s a lot of buzz around this, there’s
a lot of myths out there, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there around eye cremes. Did you know that your eyes can look up to
20 years older than the rest of your face? This is due to dark circles, puffiness around
the eyes, and dark circles occur because the skin below the eye is so thin it actually
shows the blood pumping around your eye, and then the puffiness makes this even worse. So, a lot of products out there promise to
reduce or even erase the signs of aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles, but aren’t
eye cremes just more expensive moisturizes in a smaller package? No. This isn’t always the case. Patricia Farris, who is an MD in dermatology,
has talked about the fact that eye cremes are formulated specifically for the delicate
skin around the eye, so they tend to be thicker. They contain more oil than a regular face
lotion, and they have a lot of active ingredients aimed at the problems we see around our eyes. So, with a regular face lotion, you’re going
to want something that’s a lot lighter for your everyday lotion for your skin, but specifically
around your eyes, that skin is so delicate, and you’re going to want something that has
a bit more moisture, it’s a bit thicker and heavier, and that is where eye cremes come
in. Also, with our eyes and the skin around your
eyes, you’re more prone to dryness, to show age, to show fatigue. We develop a lot of wrinkles because we’re
squinting or doing different things with our eyes. Our eyes show a lot of emotions. So again, eye cremes can address these issues
we see with our eyes, with that skin that’s so much thinner than the rest of our skin
on our face, and then also, with how expressive we are with our eyes and all of those lovely
little wrinkles that we all get. Jonathan Hunsaker: Crow’s feet, right? TeriAnn Trevenen: Yes, right. You close your eyes, and- Jonathan Hunsaker: I’ve got them all. TeriAnn Trevenen: So yeah, so eye cremes,
there is a purpose for them, but you have to make sure you’re getting a product that’s
formulated specifically for your eyes and that works for those wrinkles, that thin skin,
and those dark circles. Something interesting to note about the skin
around your eyes, eyes lose moisture around 50 percent faster than the rest of your face
when it comes to the skin around your eyes. So, it’s actually the driest area of your
face. The skin is so delicate, it doesn’t show patchy
dryness on the surface. So, it’s really good at masking the way that
it’s aging, and you can’t really see it right off the bat, but it is happening, and you
can’t tell how quickly it’s happening because of how thin it is. But, like the rest of our face, it is aging,
and it has a lot of those issues that we experience with the skin on our face. So, we need to be taking care of our eyes
just as much as we’re taking care of the rest of the skin on our face. So, here are the top five reasons you would
want to use an eye cream to get rid of those things we talked about and to really heal
and protect that skin around your eyes, which is so sensitive. Number one – minimize the look of dark circles. We all seem to have this issue, and even more
so as we age. Nothing highlights your lack of sleep more
than a set of dark circles hanging around your eyes. When you’re tired, a chemical called cortisol
builds up in your body to give you energy to stay awake. This internal energy shot causes blood vessels
to inflate, causing them to push up against the thin skin around your eyes, creating those
dark circles. One of the well-known uses for undereye cream
is to help mask those dark undereye circles, and there are many products out there claiming
to do this, but just consider the ingredients that are in your products and make sure it’s
something that’s actually going to help with that. Dark circles under the eyes come from genes,
sun damage, age, and that blood buildup. So, there’s a lot of different ingredients
that you can use to combat that and work through that. Number two – say goodbye to puffiness. You’ve likely fallen victim to undereye bags
at some point. Lack of sleep is no joke, and surely not the
look you’re going for. Due to the horizontal nature of sleeping,
blood and fluid accumulate beneath your eyes every night as you sleep. When you wake up, your body takes time to
trickle these fluids back into the body and it can take even longer when you’re tired. There’s nothing I hate worse than not getting
enough sleep and waking up, and your eyes just look like you took a beating, like you
were in the boxing ring, even though you weren’t in the boxing ring. It’s the worst. Jonathan Hunsaker: Well, I find it happens
to me, too, if I have sugar, or too much sugar the night before, that I wake up the next
day and my face is all puffy. TeriAnn Trevenen: Of flying. Flying is the worst. Jonathan Hunsaker: Flying does it, alcohol,
there’s a lot of things that create the puffiness in the face. TeriAnn Trevenen: Yeah, make you look so tired,
and especially around your eyes is the worst. Number three – reduce wrinkles. Whether you’re a victim of smile lines or
sun damage, undereye wrinkles are a fact of life. Luckily, there are a few products you can
use to help reduce them and keep your skin looking youthful. Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun
damage and your skin, making less collagen as you age, and collagen is one of those things
that helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity, so important when it comes to the health of
your eyes. Number four – eye cremes can help to prevent
wrinkles. Of course, getting rid of present wrinkles
is something most of us think to do, but many people neglect the importance of prevention,
and this goes for a lot of different things in our lives when it comes to prevention with
our health, with our skin, but especially, with our eyes. Being proactive about potential wrinkles by
using anti-aging products will save yourself the stress and hassle of waiting until they
appear. Skin around the eyes is 40 percent thinner,
like we talked about, and it’s also the least elastic part of your face. That means that that area around your eye
isn’t going to bounce back like your cheeks may, or other areas of your face. It’s a lot harder when it comes to that skin
around your eyes to keep it healthy, keep it vibrant, and keep it hydrated. And so, I think you really have to be careful
there when it comes to prevention and really make sure that you’re taking care of the skin
around your eyes. Jonathan Hunsaker: Well, and I’m just going
to interrupt for a quick second. I mean it goes for everything in life. It seems like we go through this podcast and
we talk about all kinds of different subjects, and prevention constantly comes up. I know it’s easy and it’s at our forefront
of our mind once we see the wrinkle, or once we feel unhealthy, or once things start deteriorating,
but really, if you just start a little bit earlier and pay attention to it, you can prevent
the wrinkles, right? So, not only can you repair those, but if
you’re 30-35, like consider starting to use an eye cream now, and it’s going to make a
world of difference, rather than waiting until 45-50-55 for the other side. TeriAnn Trevenen: Absolutely. Number five in reasons why you would want
to use an eye cream, it’s a great way to prep your skin for makeup. While there are plenty of products that will
prep your skin for your daily makeup routine, undereye cream is one that most people overlook. With its firming and smoothing qualities,
it has the power to make all the difference in how your makeup applies and wears throughout
the day. Think about what we just talked about with
the skin being so thin around your eyes, and it’s a lot more dry than you think it is. So, when you put makeup onto dry skin, it
really does apply well and it doesn’t apply evenly, and keeping your eyes hydrated is
going to help it to go on better, to be smooth, to last longer, and just all of those good
benefits of your skin being prepped for makeup, you want to do the same thing with your eye. And I’m just going to put a plug out there
that, if you’re wearing makeup, you should be wearing an organic, clean makeup. They’re out there, they’re becoming more prevalent
in the industry. Like you absolutely should be looking for
a clean makeup. So, speaking of products that we can use,
like makeup, and having organic makeup, there are a lot of products out there when it comes
to your eyes and eye cremes. But there are some things that you really
need to be careful of when it comes to your eye cream. We did a podcast, a couple of podcasts a while
back, episode 55 and 56, where we talked about ingredients to avoid in your skincare and
some of the regulations around skincare in the United States. So, if you haven’t checked those out, make
sure to go back and check those out. You would certainly want to look for all of
those things when you’re looking at something for your eyes. But we’re going to talk about the top three
ingredients to avoid when it comes to an eye cream. So, number one is parabens. Found in most products that contain any amount
of water, parabens are common in makeup and skincare products, as well as makeup removers. While preservatives work to prevent bacteria
from forming in your products, ingredients like parabens can also cause adverse reactions
in some when placed too close to the eye. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t
want a reaction in my eyes, and just all the things that can go wrong with your eyes, infections,
ingredients causing your ability to see and impairing your vision, you want to be so careful
with every product you use in your regimen, but think about being close to your eyes. Such delicate, sensitive skin. The liquid coming in and out of your eyes,
things that can get into your eyes, you just want to be so careful when it comes to avoiding
these ingredients we’re covering today, and beyond. The second one is heavy metals. Nickel and chrome, two heavy metals seen in
all sorts of makeup products, are known to be responsible for skin and eye allergies. However, don’t confuse these with metals such
as iron, which plays an important role in your body and is necessary for proper function. So again, go back and listen to our podcast
where we talk about ingredients you want to avoid, and we also give some information around
organizations that you can look at that will help guide you when it comes to heavy metals,
things that you want to be looking for when it comes to heavy metals that you don’t want
in your products, and educating you on that information. We’ll also put information in the show notes. And the last ingredient is retinols. Retinols are still the gold standard of anti-aging
ingredients. You have to be careful about where and how
you apply them. When used in close proximity to the sensitive
lining of the eye, retinols may precipitate dry eye and significant irritation. The solution is, don’t get too close to your
eye and use a retinol that’s specifically formulated for use in the area instead of
your facial retinol. So, you want to be really careful with this
ingredient as well. You want to make sure that you’re using it
in the right places. And again, when it comes to your eyes, the
ingredients you’re using close to your eyes is really important. So, make sure that you’re using an eye cream
that is safe to use around your eyes, especially with that skin and the sensitive skin around
your eyes, but also for things that may come in contact with your eyes, you want to make
sure they’re natural, they’re not going to impair your vision, cause infections, and
things, allergies and things of that nature. So, being super careful with a product as
far as eye cremes goes. So, having said that, to bust all of those
myths, eye cremes are super important, and they do serve a purpose. And that skin around our eyes is so sensitive. We talked about prevention, and we can prevent
aging from happening there, or aging happening as fast as it typically does, by using a good
eye cream that’s clean, high-quality, and specifically formulated to benefit your skin
around the eye. Jonathan Hunsaker: Well, and skincare, eye
cream, it’s not just for women. It’s for men as well. I mean men can greatly benefit from it. As I continue to age, I notice more and more
wrinkles, and I’m using eye cream, I’m using our vitamin C serum, I’m using all these things,
and it matters. I mean it really makes a difference. I don’t mind a little salt and pepper in my
hair, a little salt and pepper in the beard, but I don’t want to be overly wrinkled, right? I still want to look young and feel young. So, it’s not just for women, it’s for men
too. TeriAnn Trevenen: Absolutely, 100 percent. Jonathan Hunsaker: So, I didn’t contribute
too much to this podcast, I was just here being eye candy, “Ba-dom-ching,” but so, what
I will say, I know what you’re probably thinking, “Jon, what eye cream should I use?” And I just want to give a really quick plug
that Organixx has launched our very own eye cream called Renew, and all of the ingredients
are USDA-certified organic ingredients. TeriAnn has formulated it. It is phenomenal. I’m not going to tell you any more about it
on this podcast. Go to EmpoweringYouOrganically.com, check
out the show notes for everything from this podcast, and also, go find a link to our brand-new
Renew, and you can learn more about that there. Let’s see, what else? Like us on iTunes, subscribe to our podcast
so that we can continue to deliver more information around skincare, the things to avoid, the
things to look for. What do you need? What don’t you need? All of that good stuff. TeriAnn, any last words? TeriAnn Trevenen: I’m just super excited to
be covering this information today, and super excited about our eye cream, so go check it
out. Jonathan Hunsaker: Absolutely. Thanks, everybody, for tuning in, and we’ll
see you on the next show. TeriAnn Trevenen: Thanks, everyone

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