Killer Eyes – a skin care trick that takes you a long way

The average price of 2018’s most popular and highly recommended eye creams is HK$315 (US$40) and they are usually no more than 15ml. Compared with facial moisturisers, they are at least 2.6 times more expensive per millilitre and applies to only approximately 24 mm of skin surrounding our eyes (where the average body surface area is 1.7 m2).Why do we invest so much into such a small surface area of our body? Our eyes are a powerful communicator of body language, how we feel, and even our confidence. When we feel tired and drained, chances are we look it too.  The appearance of our eyes inevitably changes due to aging. Loss of skin elasticity, muscle, and changes in fat distribution are hallmarks of aging and can create dark circles, wrinkles, and saggy skin. Interestingly, the length of our eyelid increases with age from an average of 10.4mm to 18.6mm by the time we are 90 years old. These changes are due to a combination of genetic, biological, and lifestyle factors such as exposure to sunlight, nutrition, as well as alcohol and nicotine use.This means that if we want to improve and retain the appearance of our eyes, an understanding of what skincare works combined with a broader investment in our overall health and wellness is needed. And if we want to look the best version of ourselves, taking care of that 24mm of skin is a crucial element. 

Know what Your Skin Needs

Skin Care Moisturisers

To minimise dry, sensitive, or wrinkled skin around the eyes, your moisturiser should contain the following components (Natural ingredients and fragrance-free is recommended): 



Hydration – e.g. Algae extract, hyaluronic acid

Improves suppleness and improves skin resilience

Humectant – e.g. Glycerin, 1,3 Propanediol

Draws water from the environment into skin surface

Occlusives – Grape seed oil, Evening Primerose Oil

Skin protector that limits water evaporation from the skin

Cell Repair and New Cell Growth – e.g.  Squalene, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3

 Antibacterial; Antioxidant; Minimises sun damage and age spots; Promotes cell growth

Nutrient rich substance – e.g. plant extracts, essential oils, hydrosols

Tip: Looking to reduce puffiness? Try an eye cream with cucumber extract.

Wellbeing Care

Adopting a healthier lifestyle supplemented with a few natural tricks can make the difference between good skin and great skin!

Tip 1: Put a reminder on top of your computer screen as a reminder to relax your gaze. Strained eyes are more likely to feel dry and fatigued.

Tip 2: Exercising 30 minutes a day helps bring nutrients and oxygen to your skin, giving it a natural glow.

Tip 3: Place chilled green tea bags on top of your eye bags for 15 minutes to reduce puffiness and promote tightness

Want to learn how your lifestyle can impact your skin? Read “Care for Yourself and Your Skin will Follow”