Should You Put Eye Cream on Your Eyelids?
Moisturizing from your scalp to your feet is one of the most important rules in the big book of beauty advice. Doing so keeps your skin nourished, balanced, and beautiful—not to mention it also doubles as an opportunity for some much-deserved self-care. That said, while moisturizing is usually a pretty straightforward endeavor, sometimes it isn’t so black and white.
For instance, many people are curious if they should put eye cream on their eyelids. And if doing so is a skincare no-no, then what the heck should you do to nurture this sensitive area and keep it hydrated? With some juicy pro-tips from the IT Cosmetics team, we’re revealing the answers to both those questions—and more.
Is It Safe To Use Eye Cream On Your Eyelids?
One of the reasons why this question gets asked so often is because there is not a lot of concrete literature out there delivering a straight answer. We’re going to cut through the confusion once and for all.
The reality is that there are very few eye care products recommended explicitly for use on eyelids from any brand. To pull back the curtain a bit, products formulated for usage around your eyes must follow very specific protocols and undergo rigorous testing. Further, the U.S. Food & Drug AdministrationI (FDA) specifically states that you should only use eye cosmetics—including eye cream—for their intended use. Straying from these rules puts your eyes at risk.
“Eye cream will warm to your body temperature and [potentially shift throughout the day], so it could be a potential irritant if it were to get into the eye throughout the day,” explains Kirsten Petersen, Senior Regional Education Manager for IT Cosmetics.
While cosmetics, such as eye shadow, concealer, and eye primer, have been approved for usage on eyelids, many eye creams have not. (In other words, searching high and low for “the best eyelid cream” isn’t going to be a very fruitful endeavor.) For all the above reasons, we do not recommend putting eye cream on your eyelids.
That’s not to say that you should forego eye cream altogether. It’s an important part of any skincare regimen, but how and where you apply the product matters.
The Best Way To Apply Eye Cream Around Your Eyes
Now that you know what not to do, let’s discuss the best way to apply an eye cream, such as Confidence in an Eye Cream™, to this sensitive area.
“Here at IT Cosmetics, we say our eye creams can be applied 360degrees around the orbital bone—[the circular bones surrounding each eye],” says Peterson. “By applying eye cream to this area only, and not directly to your lower eyelid, you ensure the eye cream doesn’t get too close to your lash line [and accidentally get into your eyes].”
She says she prefers applying eye cream using the Heavenly Skin™ 2-in-1 Tap & Smooth Eye Cream Brush #706. This dual-ended brush is a major game-changer for your skincare routine. One side has a handcrafted aventurine stone that helps soothe and cool, while the other side features Heavenly Skin bristles that are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants.
“With the #706 brush, scoop out a pea-sized amount with the brush end and dot around the orbital bone. Flip the brush over to the aventurine quartz end and begin gently massaging your eye cream into the orbital bone,” she advises.
Alternatively, you can apply eye cream to the orbital bone using your ring finger. Out of all your fingers, this one exerts the least amount of pressure since it contains fewer muscles. A careful, gentle touch is always best when applying any type of product to this sensitive area.
How To Address Dry Skin on Your Eyelids
You might be wondering how to take care of your eyelids if you can’t use cream on them. It’s an excellent question, and there’s an equally excellent answer: under eye concealer!
“Not only is eyeshadow primer as well,” says Peterson. “First and foremost, because it’s full-coverage, it can neutralize any discoloration on the eyelid. My lids have always had a slight pink tinge, and Bye Bye Under Eye makes them even-toned, which then allows the true colors of the shadow to show.”
In addition, this concealer has a creamy consistency that provides the perfect canvas for your eyeshadow to adhere to. The formula is also waterproof, sweat-proof, and humidity-proof. This trifecta of benefits helps to keep your shadow from smearing, cracking, or traveling elsewhere throughout the day.
Like many IT Cosmetics products, this eyelid-approved concealer is also formulated with a skincare-first mentality that will truly nourish your delicate eyelids (and of course, under eye area). It's infused with a powerful blend of anti-aging ingredients—including peptides, vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, and antioxidants—that help your eyes feel and look even, plumped, and radiant.
As for application, Peterson’s motto is less is more.
“When applying to my lids, I simply use whatever is left in my brush after concealing,” she explains. “I buff and blend the product under the eye, and then gently buff and blend onto my lids. I’m careful not to get too close to my lash line, and I take the product all the way up to my brow. I’ve never had the need to add additional product, as a sheer coat is all you need.”
She highly recommends using a brush to do this, as fingers have a tendency to pick up the product you’ve just attempted to lay down. The Heavenly Luxe™ Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush #2 is great for this.
The bottom line is that applying eye cream is a very beneficial step in your skincare regimen, but how and where you apply the product matters. While using eye cream for eyelids isn’t recommended, you can and should apply it in a 360-degree circle around your eye. To give your eyelids some love—especially if you’re dealing with dry skin—use a cosmetic product such as an under eye concealer that’s approved for this sensitive area.