How to apply eye contour cream

The skin around the eyes is very thin and fragile (that’s why you get wrinkles there first), and is one of the most sensitive areas of the body. They say that it’s 7 times as thin as the skin on the rest of your face. So it’s important to apply eye contour cream the right way so you don’t aggravate an existing condition or start a new one such as irritation, redness, swelling etc.

Here are ten useful tips to get the most from your cream.

1) First, choose an eye contour cream adapted to your skin type and to your particular problem, be it wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, dry skin etc.

2) Before applying, cleanse the eye area as well as your hands. Eyes are sensitive and you should avoid contact with bacteria that can cause infections. If your cream is in a jar, use either a small plastic spatula that you can clean after each use and keep in a sterile container or use a cotton swab as an applicator.

3) The ideal quantity for each eye is about the size of a small pea.

4) Dab a little cream on the back of your hand then apply a little at a time. This way you won’t have too much on your fingers and you’ll avoid applying it too thickly around the eye.

5) Always use your ring finger to apply it. This finger is the weakest one and is therefore perfect for applying product gently without harming the delicate fine skin around the eye.

6) PAT IT ON LIGHTLY! This is the only way to go. Never rub, pull, or stretch the skin or use a firm movement. A light pat will not harm the skin and has the extra advantage of increasing circulation thus creating a micro-drainage, ideal for diminishing dark circles and puffiness.

7) Begin the application at the inner corner of the eye, near the nose and continue outwards towards the temples. You can even go down to the cheekbone if your wrinkles go this far. If the cream is suitable (do read the warning on the packaging, the cream may not be suitable for the upper eyelid because of certain active ingredients), go up from the temple to the brow bone, then stop at the inner corner, near the nose. Your movement will be in a C-shape. Repeat the movement, still patting lightly; to make sure the cream has penetrated sufficiently. Be careful; don’t apply the cream on the mobile lid unless it’s designed for this purpose.

8) Important: don’t go too close to the eye. Stay near the brow bone. Eye contour creams can run, even when they’re absorbed into the skin, and could reach the delicate eyelash root area, causing irritation, eye swelling or even blurred vision.

9) Apply it twice a day, morning and night. It can be very useful to treat and prevent puffiness, dark circles and signs of ageing.

10) Certain eye contour creams have anti-wrinkle ingredients and can also be used on the lip contour. The skin of this area is also thinner than the rest of the face. Wrinkles often occur here, soon after the eyes. So your eye contour cream has specific characteristics that can be good for you lip contour too. Try it and see!

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