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Can You Use Face Cream As Eye Cream?

We're all looking to give our face the love it deserves, but is using face cream around your eyes a good idea?
Updated: November 9, 2022
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As skincare junkies, we know that sometimes we can go a little overboard with our spending. After all, there are so many products, and so many skincare needs we have to address, and we all want to treat our skin with the best stuff possible. But there comes a time when the purse strings need to be tightened, and as a result, we can all find ourselves cutting corners when it comes to our cosmetics routine. A common mishap that people commit is mixing and matching products when they should be left alone in their own categories. A prime example revolves around thinking face cream can act as a proper substitute for eye cream. This is a bad idea and here’s why.

Know your own skin

Everyone’s skin is different. Beyond the main 5 skin types – normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and combination, there are endless layers and variations within those types that may require very specific treatments and products. This fact alone should dissuade you from using certain specialist products in areas where they aren’t meant to be applied, but we get it, sometimes you feel like throwing the dice for the sake of convenience and saving a bit of coin. Even if you have “normal” skin and think you’re invincible, we’d always recommend you don’t get too adventurous.

The purpose of face cream and eye cream

Let’s be honest, face cream and eye cream do the same thing. If you want to moisturize and cleanse your skin while giving it a potent dose of healthy nutrients and nourishing ingredients, you want to use these products. Many folks like to use these products to diminish the visual signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet, but facial and eye creams also minimize puffiness in the morning, reduce blemishes and redness, and give your skin an overall boost of life and youthful appearance. They’re certainly a staple of our skincare routine.

So what’s the difference?

Besides the price which sees eye cream generally come in as more expensive, the difference between the two products lies in the intensity of the formula. Despite both items containing more or less the same ingredients, face cream is designed to be more powerful in its execution while eye creams are much more concentrated in their chemical makeup.

Using face cream under your eyes is a bad idea

Look, we’re not saying it’s a life or death situation, but you can save yourself a lot of frustration and discomfort if you refrain from taking that facial moisturizer to your baggy eyes. The skin on your face is generally quite resilient and can take more of a beating, face scrub for example subjects your skin to harsh granules and most people deal with them relatively well. The skin under your eyes is much thinner and more delicate in basically every sense. In other words, it is more sensitive and prone to reactions. Using face cream in that area could cause irritation and possible unwanted side effects such as breakouts and redness.

The last word

We’re not saying something awful will happen if you use face cream under your eyes, you could handle it extremely well, but as a general rule we would recommend you don’t take the unnecessary risk, and it would be irresponsible of us to suggest otherwise.

Both products are great at what they do and should be used appropriately.

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