I’ve struggled with swollen, puffy, dark under-eyes for as long as I can remember. And, no, I cannot blame genetics. It’s me. I’m the problem. I remember—during lockdown, the very first one, I found a series to binge-watch on Netflix, and it’d keep me up for hours. It was that bad a habit, and I feel like I never quite recovered from it. Thanks to work, I try sleeping not too late these days; but my under-eyes remain stubborn. Reminding me of what I’d done. And that’s why, along with fixing my night-time schedule, I’ve been considering the idea of investing in an under-eye gel. I’ve heard they work wonders, but I don’t know how they work. Let’s investigate.
Remember that the skin under our eyes is delicate and thin, and it’s susceptible to loss of volume and dehydration. And since this area contains lesser oil-glands and collagen than the rest of your face, it’s tricky to keep it looking plump, healthy, and hydrated all the time. This, coupled with external factors like sun-induced damage, ageing, stress, screen-time, lack of sleep, and smoking, can further intensify the situation. And that’s why investing in under-eye care is important. You’ve gotta outsource the job to serums, gels, and creams. And, today, we’re talking gels.
An under-eye gel treats puffiness and swelling around the under-eye area along with hydrating and moisturising the skin. It delivers a refreshing, cooling effect to the skin, and feels light and seamless. Some contain ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides to hydrate; while others are enriched with peptides and antioxidants like caffeine to tighten the under-eye area and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, you might benefit more from an under-eye gel than a cream because of how lightweight it is.
The answer lies in their consistencies. An under-eye cream is thicker and creamier than a gel, and it cushions the skin with hydration and moisture and plumps up the area around the eyes. A gel is lightweight, cooling, and blends into your skin seamlessly. Both of them target the same concerns: puffiness, lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and loose skin; but creams treat dryness, loss of volume, and signs of ageing more, while gels treat swelling and puffiness more. You can work a gel into your A.M routine to soothe morning-time puffiness and redness. And you don’t have to worry about your eyeliners and mascaras not sitting well on your face. A gel is silky-smooth and light, and it won’t interfere with your makeup. Unlike a cream. And you won’t sweat the gel off either!
Start off with a cleansed face. Dot the under-eye area with the gel (a pea-sized amount is enough), and massage it into your skin in circular motions—from the outer corners of the eyes to the inner corners. Don’t rub or tug at the skin, this area is thin and delicate. Tap the formula into the under-eye area until your skin has absorbed all of it. You can keep the gel on for the rest of the night or apply it in the morning during your skincare regimen.
That decides it. I’m getting myself an under-eye gel ASAP. No questions asked. How about you?