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How Do I Choose the Best Eye Cream for Men?

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  • Written By: Dee Jones
  • Edited By: W. Everett
  • Last Modified Date: 24 April 2014
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The skin around the eyes is very delicate and fragile, so it is usually the first part of the face to show visible signs of aging. A good eye cream can help prevent damage to the skin in the eye area, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help to improve overall appearance. When choosing eye cream for men, it is important to decide what problems need to be targeted and corrected, whether it is puffy eyes, undereye circles, or wrinkles. It is also important to consider when the eye cream will be used. There are three basic types of eye cream for men — those that should only be applied in the morning, those that should only be applied at night, and those that can be applied at any time.

Before choosing an eye cream for men, it’s important to decide what problems need to be targeted. An anti-aging eye cream designed to diminish wrinkles and fine lines will contain ingredients like retinol or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). If undereye circles are a problem, choose a male eye cream that contains a lightening ingredient like hydroquinone, or vitamin K. Eye creams that contain caffeine, cucumber, or chamomile can help reduce puffiness under the eyes. Some eye creams that reduce puffiness, however, contain ingredients that can dry out the skin, and should be avoided by those who already have wrinkles or fine lines around the eyes.

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While some eye cream for men can be applied at any time, some can only be applied at specific times. Some eye creams, especially those that reduce dark circles and wrinkles, contain ingredients that either don’t react well to sunlight or are less effective when used with sunscreen. On the other hand, it is recommended that some eye creams, like those meant to reduce puffiness, only be applied in the morning. Eye creams that can be applied at any time often contain extra moisturizers and wrinkle-fighting ingredients.

A good eye cream for men doesn’t have to be expensive, as many inexpensive eye creams are just as effective as more costly brands. By reading the labels, a consumer can ensure that an eye cream contains the right ingredients to target his specific needs. If possible, try to buy a male eye cream that contains sun protection. Many men already use lotions or moisturizers that contain sunscreen, but these products usually aren’t gentle enough to be used on the delicate skin around the eyes.

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