When to start using eye care products?

Prevention is always better than treatment, therefore it is highly recommended to start incorporating eye care products as early as your twenties. If you have not started using eye creams, fret not, because it is not too late to start! The reason why the skin around our eyes is the first to show aging signs is that it lacks oil glands to keep it moist.

For beginners, a good place to start is to look for eye care products that offer hydration with lightweight, gel formulas; while those with mature skin can opt for products with a richer, cream-based formula that generally contains more oils than gel-type eye creams.

Who will benefit from eye care products?

Eye care products are designed to be used by everyone! Regardless of your skin type and skin concerns , adding an eye care product to your Korean skincare routine is important to maintain a youthful and lively complexion, as well as prevent premature aging of the skin. With different active ingredients added to treat different skin concerns like dark circles, eye bags, puffiness and wrinkles, finding the best eye care for your skin type and concerns is as easy as identifying the main ingredients of your eye care products!

In terms of formulation, it is a matter of preference. Generally, eye care products come in the form of a cream or a gel, which glides easily on the skin and leaves a layer of moisture to protect the skin from dehydration. For those with oily skin or have milia concerns, it is recommended to start using lighter formulas like eye gels which are thinner and come in oil-free formulas. The gel-type formula is also recommended for younger people as the skin needs more hydration rather than oil, which can make cream-based formula too heavy. On the contrary, those with dry skin and mature skin should select eye creams with a richer texture that will supply the skin with abundant moisture and nourishment, as well as provide firming and lifting effects to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Incorporating eye care products also help with eye makeup application, as it gives a smooth base that prevents makeup from settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Secondly, keeping the skin hydrated will help the makeup stay on longer with a fresh finish that does not look dull or oxidize quickly.

Which ingredients to look for in eye creams?

To eliminate dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, it is recommended to look for ingredients that contain caffeine. Caffeine works as an antioxidant and helps in shrinking blood vessels to remove puffy eyes and fade dark circles quickly. For stubborn dark circles, opt for eye creams that contain niacinamide or Vitamin C which are known for their abilities to lighten and even out skin tone and texture. If you have visible fine lines, wrinkles and skin that is losing firmness, look for ingredients with firming and lifting effects that help reduce the appearance of aging signs such as peptides, collagen, and adenosine. Alternatively, you can also choose natural ingredients like ginseng and Korean traditional herbs that have been used to combat skin aging for generations.

How to use Korean eye care products?

Korean eye care products should be used as part of any daytime or nighttime skincare routine. It is recommended to apply eye creams or eye gels after applying your Korean essences, serums or ampoules, and before applying moisturisers. This will allow your eye creams to absorb into the skin before you layer your moisturiser. All you need is a pea-sized amount, gently dab around your eye area using your ring finger which is the weakest finger, to avoid tugging or pulling on the skin excessively. Let the eye cream absorb for a few minutes, before layering your moisturiser and remaining skincare steps. For best results, you should always ensure that your eyes are free from any residual makeup or impurities, using a cleanser that suits your skin. If you are using eye makeup, use a

For additional moisture, eye gel patches are recommended to deliver deeper, long-lasting moisture to the skin around your eyes. These can be applied for 15 to 20 minutes to give an instant firming, plumping and revitalizing finish. They work just like any other Korean masks, but for your eyes! A final tip to make the most of your eye care products is to apply it on damp skin, after toning and applying essences or serums, to ensure that all the hydration is locked in! You can even apply them on other parts of your face such as your forehead, smile lines, chin and cheeks for visibly smoother and softer skin in no time!

Explore our eye care collection at BONIIK from different brands to find the perfect eye care products to add to your Korean beauty skincare routine.