The skin around the eye is extremely delicate and thin compared to the skin on the rest of our body. Under-eye skin is prone to dryness, as this area lacks sebaceous glands and wrinkles easily as a result. It also bears the brunt of an unhealthy lifestyle and environmental ravages, turning puffy and red or producing dark circles and crow’s feet. Keeping this sensitive area hydrated by applying specially formulated moisturizing eye creams and lotions and using proper application techniques is integral to restoring and maintaining the moisture levels of our under-eye skin.

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Choose an under-eye moisturizer: basic for simple moisturizing, 24-hour protection for the entire day and night, all day for 12-hour daytime protection, and all night for moisture protection while you are asleep. If you opt for a basic under-eye moisturizer, you will have to apply it twice a day, in the morning and at bedtime.

Wash your face clean prior to applying under eye-moisturizer. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you moisturize your skin immediately after cleansing it, as damp skin effectively retains water in the skin’s surface cells.

Use your ring finger, a piece of cotton wool or an eye makeup applicator to dot the area under your eye with a little moisturizing cream, states the Best Face Moisturizer website.

Pat and massage the moisturizer in the skin gently with your ring finger, commencing at the bottom of the eye near the tear duct and continuing right around the eye. Apply moisturizer to the entire under-eye area, as crow’s feet sometimes extend outward away from the eye.


  • Use eye creams that contain hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA or colloidal oatmeal, as these ingredients are skin friendly and retain moisture.

  • Apply a 24-hour protection eye cream, which necessitates only a single application, instead of two daily.