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3 Ingredients to Avoid Around Your Eyes

3 Ingredients to Avoid Around Your Eyes

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3 Ingredients to Avoid Around Your Eyes

Your eyes are often the first area on your face to show signs of ageing which means good practices in this area are a must! This is primarily because the skin that surrounds your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, leaving this area prone to looking dark, puffy and dehydrated.


In fact, when it comes to the skin around the eyes, puffiness, fine lines and dark circles are some of the most common concerns. Regularly squinting and rubbing your eyes, staring at a computer screen a little too long, not getting enough sleep or simply using the wrong ingredients can all contribute to these skincare woes.


Fortunately, the right product combined with a bit of TLC can help soothe and brighten the appearance of this delicate patch of skin, leaving you looking bright-eyed and beautiful. So, before you apply a product that promises to put the sparkle back into your skin, check the ingredients list first.

What ingredients should I avoid under my eyes?

Synthetic fragrance

According to Victoria Beckham’s facialist Mélanie Grant, products containing synthetic fragrance “can irritate the delicate eye area — not to mention your eyes.” Synthetic fragrances can also be drying on the skin so it makes sense to avoid using them in the area around your eyes which is already prone to dehydration due to a lack of natural oils.


At Kinvara Skincare, we only use natural, Ecocert approved ingredients, most of which are plant-based and certified organic, so you won’t find any synthetic fragrances in our products.


Sodium lauryl sulfate has received a lot of bad press in recent years but is it really that bad? Commonly known as SLS, sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant often used in all sorts of cosmetics, skincare, haircare and dental products, as well as household cleaning products.


It works by turning liquids into foam, and it helps to clean away dirt. However, as reported in the Journal of the American College of Toxicology, SLS has the potential to irritate your eyes and skin, and that’s why we think it’s better to avoid this ingredient around the already-sensitive eye area.


It’s important to note that not all alcohols are bad. Fatty alcohols such as cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are often used to thicken a formulation and can be nourishing for dry skin.


However, when we say you should avoid using alcohol around your eyes, we’re talking about simple alcohols such as ethanol and alcohol denat. These types of alcohol can be drying for most skin types, especially those with dry or sensitive skin, and can strip your skin of much-needed moisture — not exactly what you want from an eye product.

What to look for in an eye serum?

Naturally, you won’t find any of these types of ingredients in our Eye Wow! Eye Serum which is fragrance-free and has been dermatologically tested. Created using carefully selected ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, cucumber and baobab, this serum absorbs quickly and moisturises the skin around your eyes.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a plumping agent naturally found in the skin. Due to its ability to hold more than 1,000 times its weight in water, it can plump, cushion and lubricate dehydrated skin.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. It’s renowned as the best vegetable oil source of Omega 3 and Omega 6, both of which promote cell and tissue regeneration which may help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines.


Baobab extract can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines as it’s naturally high in alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and sugars that work together synergistically to help give your eye area a lifted and smoothed appearance.

Top tips for applying serums and creams around your eyes

Apply eye serums first

According to Caroline Hirons, aesthetician and author of the award-winning book Skincare, you should apply your eye cream or serum before anything else. “No matter how carefully you apply your serums and moisturisers, you will always get some in the eye area, and then your eye product won’t be absorbed where you need it to be.”

Use the product sparingly

Keep in mind that the skin surrounding your eyes is quite a small area. Generally, a pea-sized amount of product should be enough to cover the skin under both eyes.

Be gentle

Be gentle when you apply products around your eyes. Don't pull on the skin. Instead, use your ring finger which has fewer muscles to carefully pat in the product.

If you're new to using a dedicated eye product, or you’re on the lookout for a new skincare hero to add to your beauty cabinet, why not try our best-selling Eye Wow! Eye Serum? The cooling metal rollerball delivers the perfect amount of product as you apply it to your skin, meaning there’s no wastage and you can get the most out of this must-have product.

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