Wednesday, June 27, 2007

How Important is an SPF in an Eye Cream?

One of the latest skincare topics is whether or not to include an eye cream with SPF into a regular skincare routine. Since the message of using an SPF on the face every day has now been engrained into the routines of teens and adults, the next logical step is including an eye cream. But how crucial is one? Men and women should be using an eye cream day and night since the skin is three times thinner than the skin on the face, the pH differs from the face and the eye area is the first to show signs of aging and environmental effects. Also, there are no oil glands around the eyes and the only way it gets moisture is when we place it. But some are concerned about the thick, pasty texture or excess oil from an SPF eye cream. For everyday use, an SPF eye cream is not 100% necessary but does apply to those who:

· Work outdoors, such as lifeguards and gardeners.

· Play outdoor sports, even during the winter.

· Are going to be spending a day in the sun, such as at the beach, park, etc.

Whether using a cream with SPF or not, make sure to pare it with sunglasses that block UV rays to avoid squinting, the major cause of fine lines. Overall the decision is personal, and products should be based on how they work with individual skin type.

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