What’s the best under eye cream for dryness?
The first place we see signs of ageing is usually that delicate area of skin under the eyes. It’s thinner and more sensitive than almost anywhere else on the body. The skin under the eyes contains no oil glands so it’s easy to see that this area is particularly prone to dryness. The dark circles we often get are due mostly to lymphatic congestion.
This congestion can be caused by allergies, nasal congestion, sinus problems, too much salt in the diet, lack of exercise – to name but a few. Gravity also plays a part, many women wake up with puffy eyes after using an eye cream at night. The obvious ‘culprit’ is the cream but much more likely is the fact that lying down your lymphatic system isn’t working – astronauts get puffy eyes because there’s no gravity and their lymphatic system doesn’t work properly (this was how NASA came up with the idea of rebounding on a mini trampoline) when they returned to earth as it’s great for stimulating your lymphatic system.
So, what should you look for in an eye cream?
The best under eye cream for dryness should contain natural, gentle ingredients to soothe, protect and intensely moisturise the skin. So it helps to know a few key ingredients that are important.
A really good ingredient to look for when choosing the best under eye cream for dryness is organic avocado oil. Pure, organic avocado oil contains only the oily extract pressed from the flesh of the avocado fruit The oil is extracted by pressing or by centrifuge extraction and yields a fantastic, bright green oil courtesy of the fruit’s rich chlorophyll content. This oil contains essential skin loving fatty acids and lecithin and is easily metabolised by the body. It’s rich in the antioxidant vitamins A, D and E that help with free radicals that are now known to contribute to premature ageing.
Avocado oil also contains plant steroids known as Sterolins which help heal damaged skin cells caused by sun exposure.To add to the list of the wonderful benefits of this oil, it also has one of the highest natural SPF ratings, creating a very natural, mild sunscreen to help soothe and protect. You do though, still need to use proper sun protection. To summarise the wonderful benefits of avocado oil, it soothes irritated or itchy skin, is anti-inflammatory and is great when skin is dry, tired and lacks lustre – exactly how that area under the eyes can look.
Another key ingredient to look for when choosing the best under eye cream for dryness is the fabulous organic rosehip oil. This oil, which is extracted from the seeds of wild rose bushes predominantly grown in Chile, (the best is Rosa Rubiginosa) is packed full of the skin boosting vitamins A and C and the essential fatty acid Alpha Linolenic acid. It’s quite simply a powerhouse for skin health.
Rosehip oil is the only vegetable oil that contains natural tretinoin, in the form of trans retinoic acid (a natural precursor of vitamin A). It helps to reduce inflammation, reduces fine lines around the eyes, stimulates cellular growth and rejuvenates tired dry skin. It’s considered to be one of the best anti wrinkle oils and unlike some oils, it’s very light and easily absorbed, so when you find it in an eye cream you know you’re onto a good thing! It really is a key ingredient when you’re looking for the best under eye cream for dryness.