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Eye Cream vs Serum, Which Is The Better Option?

Depending on your skin's needs, choosing between an eye cream or serum can be an important decision.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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The skin around our eyes is sensitive, delicate, and requires special care to protect it from the damaging effects of the sun and the environment. To get the best results from eye care products we need to understand how they work and why they are so effective.

With a good skincare routine and regular use of the correct products, we can ensure that our under-eyes look bright, radiant, and healthy for longer. Sometimes, choosing between these two can confuse people; eye creams and eye serums both have unique benefits when it comes to ensuring the soft skin in this area looks fresh and buoyant, but how are they different? Let’s take a look.

How eye cream is made

The first things we need to consider when determining the difference between these two types of products are their formulas and the materials they’re made from.

For an eye cream to have visible results it needs to be rich enough to deliver active ingredients to target fine lines and wrinkles and it also has to hydrate the skin to prevent those lines from becoming deeper set. This is why creams usually have thicker bases because they are formulated with added ingredients to thoroughly moisturize the area. Many of these creams are also packed with moisturizing oils and added extracts to improve skin elasticity for a plumper appearance and smoother texture.

How eye serum is made

For eye serums to work effectively they need to be lightweight and quickly deliver active ingredients to target signs of aging in the skin. Because they are usually thinner than creams, the softer formula allows your skin to absorb them more efficiently. Eye serums are super fast-acting which means they are a lot more effective at reducing wrinkles and crow’s feet and are able to target these problem areas more rapidly.

What’s the difference?

Okay, so do they offer the same type of skincare treatment, or is there a real difference? The main difference between the two is that eye serums offer faster results in terms of hydration and other anti-aging properties because they have thinner compositions and are absorbed by the skin more easily. This makes them highly effective at tackling wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness in the eye area quicker than eye moisturizers.

With creams, the thicker texture means they absorb into the skin at a slower rate, but they are formulated with stronger hydrating ingredients and added oils to improve the elasticity of the skin around the eye area. Creams are a lot richer than other skincare products and as a result, they are definitely most effective on dry or dehydrated skin and are less suitable to use on oily skin.

Decisions decisions

Which type to choose? Well, this entirely depends on what you’re after from your skincare routine. Some people prefer using cream because it provides an intensive dose of moisture in just a single product, but you may find that you prefer a serum because of its fast-acting effects and its ability to deep cleanse your pores whilst increasing skin flexibility and reducing puffiness.

Know your own skin

At the end of the day, you should evaluate your own skin type and condition to make a proper choice about which one would be best for you personally.

We love both products and would find a way to include the pair into our daily routines, however if you have particularly dry, oily, or sensitive skin, you’ll have to pick what is more appropriate to manage those issues.

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