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The correct way to apply eye cream
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Eye creams – you’re either a devoted believer in them or you think they’re a pointless waste of money and space in your bathroom cabinet. Whichever camp you fall in to, we feel it is our duty to make sure that if you are using one, you’re using it correctly.

Didn’t know there was a right and wrong way to apply it? There sure is.


  • Don’t drag your skin – the area around your eyes is ten times thinner than the rest of your face so be kind to it.
  • Don’t overload the area with product – too much product can irritate this delicate area and leave you puffier than you were to begin with.
  • Don’t get it too close to your inner eye – a bit of an obvious one there, but you know just in case.
  • Don’t use anything too perfumed – anything that’s too fragranced will cause inflammation around the eye

Great, so you’ll stop doing all of the above, now what? We grilled Katie Gray, Global Head Facialist at Emma Hardie Ltd., on how she likes to apply eye cream to her clients.


  • Restrain yourself. “You only need a little bit of cream – about the size of a grain of rice is enough for one eye.”
  • Don’t stick to the under eye. “Cover the entire area around the orbital bone and don’t be afraid to take it out a bit further too. Sometimes crow’s feet can stretch down and out away from the eye socket.”
  • Give your ring finger a promotion. “The muscles in your ring finger are weaker than the others, so it gives the gentlest touch. Lightly tap the cream in.”
  • Give it prime position. “It’s best to apply your eye cream morning and evening before serum and moisturizer.”
  • Keep it cool. “Store your eye cream in the fridge – the instant cooling effect it has on the skin helps to reduce puffiness.”

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