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Eye Cream Insight

MyChelle Fabulous Eye CreamEvery day around 3 pm, usually when I’ve been staring at my computer screen, the skin around my eyes starts to feel tight and dry. I like to keep my skin care routine pretty simple, but lately I’ve been wondering: is eye cream for me?

I decided to ask my friend Pam Crawford, a holistic esthetician and instructor at the Texas Healing Arts Institute. According to Pam, “The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your face. In fact, it’s the thinnest skin anywhere on your whole body.” Ironically, this delicate skin gets a workout every time you smile, laugh or squint. Age, dryness and sun exposure also contribute to fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.

To help fight premature aging, start with a good sunscreen and an antioxidant-rich serum that will nourish your skin. Next, choose an eye cream that’s tailored to fit your skin’s needs.

For Fine Lines

If you’re beginning to develop fine lines around your eyes, it’s crucial to keep skin hydrated. Fine lines are more noticeable when skin is dry. Look for products with hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain moisture. One such eye cream is Mychelle Fabulous Eye Cream, which combines antioxidant-rich edelweiss plant stem cells with hyaluronic acid to nourish delicate skin.

For More Mature Skin

IDr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Creamf you’re beginning to see deeper, more pronounced wrinkles, look for richer formulas with nourishing oils — such as shea butter, coconut oil, carrot seed oil or borage seed oil — to help support your skin’s moisture balance. Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream is one such eye cream that you can find on our shelves. It delivers omega-6 fatty acids from borage seed oil and carries the Premium Body Care® seal indicating our highest standards in sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety.

Finally, I asked Pam if there are any ingredients I should avoid when I’m shopping for eye cream. “Synthetic fragrances can be especially irritating in the eye area,” she said, “because the skin is so thin…and it’s right next to your eyeball.”

Here’s a real eye-opener: unless you have a chemistry degree, it can be difficult to tell from the label whether a product contains synthetic fragrance. Whole Foods Market encourages vendors to use fragrances derived from essential oils, and our Premium Body Care standards require that products use only natural essential oils and components of essential oils as fragrances. The Premium Body Care seal is your guarantee that you won’t find synthetic fragrance or more than 400 other questionable ingredients in your eye cream! Check your local store page to find a list of Premium Body Care products.

Want more beauty tips and product recommendations? Check out Hello, Beauty.

Do you use eye cream? Let us know which products are your faves.


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Greer says …

I use Mychelle's eye cream & can attest to its powers of performance! It's good stuff, amazing ingredient list, and no "perfume-y" smell (which I truly dislike). I'm a big fan of several of the products in the Mychelle line. Superior!

Junell Mauch says …

I rub coconut oil into my face every night after cleansing until I know it has absorbed into my skin. I also put a light covering on before applying my make-up. I feel this is the best thing for my skin. No other ingredients to worry about, and keeps my skin feeling baby soft. Also, I find some name brand products that I would use too expensive to continue using for any length of time. A very little bit of coconut oil goes a very long way, so it is very economical to boot :).

Tiffany says …

After a basic natural soap cleanse I spritz my face with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of rose essential oil. I use a small dab of aloe vera gel and pat underneath my eyes before bed and mix it with my under eye concealer during the day. For moisturizer, I'm with Junell, coconut oil can't be beat. A tiny bit moisturizes my entire face and neckline. I'm 49 and get a lot of compliments on my skin.

susan says …

My coconut oil has a strong coconut smell. Does it go away if rubbed into face or do you smell all day?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SUSAN - It shouldn't continue to smell but if it's not what you thought it would be, you can always return it to the store!

MK says …

Any recommended eye cream for under eye bags that get worse for those who suffer from seasonal allergies? Thanks,

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MK - Since our exact product options differ between stores, I would suggest reaching out to your local store and speaking with a team member in Whole Body. They will be happy to recommend something for you based on what they have in the stock!

Rosalie Kinney says …

a Doctor Oz episode featured a beauty magazine editor who recommends an eye cream with caffeine and also adding argan oil to your facial cream for fine lines and wrinkles. Do you agree and where can I find a good product?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ROSALIE - Sine our products differ between stores, I would suggest reaching out to a store in your area to find out if they have any of this in stock and if so, what they recommend!

Erica Herrel says …

The Mychelle eye cream is not completely natural. I have over 26 years of chemistry experience, and know for a fact that Spin traps like PBN are synthetic. Further more, PBN is not stable for more than one day in water, so adding it to a cosmetic formulation based on water is useless and misleading to customers.

Terry says …

Do you carry the Dr.Hauschka Rose Cream?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TERRY - Most of our stores should carry this but it can differ between locations. Check with your local store directly to see what they have in stock.