Do you really need to use eye cream?

Is eye cream really necessary? Eye creams often come at a much more premium price than facial moisturisers.

You might be thinking: why do I need to spend extra when I can just use my facial moisturiser as eye cream too? 

We answer the age-old question and provide you with tips on applying DR’s Secret Eye Cream.   

Why do we need to use eye cream? 

“The skin around my eyes is still skin, so why do I need eye cream in my routine?”

Here are a few reasons why: 

1. It is the thinnest and most sensitive area on our face

Skin around eyes thinnest and most sensitive

Did you know that the skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than other areas of our face? It is the most delicate and sensitive area on our face, which means extra care and effort are required to take care of it.  

2. Obvious signs of ageing

Signs of ageing around eyes

Signs of ageing first appear on the area around our eyes before it shows on other parts of our face. These include crow’s feet, dark spots and dark under eye circles. 

Using an eye cream can help to prevent premature ageing as ingredients such as peptides help to stimulate collagen synthesis, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines.  

Can I use my moisturiser instead of eye cream? 

“They are both moisturising, so why can’t I just use one product for my eye area too?” 

The reason is simple: facial moisturisers may be overly nourishing for the delicate skin and may cause milia. 

Milia seeds around eye

Milia are small, white bumps that appear on your skin and are often mistaken as whiteheads. It occurs when dead skin cells or keratin gets trapped underneath the skin surface. When the build-up is not cleared, bumps start to form on the skin surface.  
One way to prevent milia is to avoid the use of heavy and nourishing creams and use gentler and non-irritating products. 

Facial moisturisers are formulated to provide ample hydration for your skin; thus the resulting formula is often too heavy for the delicate skin. Eye creams, on the other hand, are specially formulated to be gentle enough for the skin around our eyes without being overly nourishing.


While we do not recommend using a moisturiser for your eye area, you definitely can use eye creams for other parts of your face! The gentle formula may even help to boost certain results, such as reducing the appearance of fine lines with the right active ingredients!

When should we start to use eye cream? 

Eye cream

There is no specific age or time for when you should start using eye creams! If you are satisfied with your current routine and skin condition, you may choose to add in eye cream at a later time. 
As age is not the only factor that affects our skin (genetics and lifestyle habits play a part too!), it is best to determine if you need an eye cream now according to your current skin condition than starting at a certain age.  

With that said, starting eye creams early can be a prevention to having dark eye circles and fine lines formed around the eye area. Once these problems are formed, they take a lot more time and effort to resolve. Incorporating eye cream in your routine early is a smart way to keep early signs of ageing at bay.  

How do I use DR’s Secret Eye Cream? 

Intensive eye cream

DR’s Secret Eye Cream is an intensive formula that is gentle on the skin around your eyes. If you’re looking to smoothen fine lines and regain bright eyes, this may be the perfect eye cream for you. 

Follow these 4 easy steps to apply DR’s Secret Eye Cream correctly and for best results  

1. Use it every morning and night

Remember to use Eye Cream every morning and night after cleansing and toning your skin for the best results. When using in the day, be sure to follow up with sunscreen.  

2. A little goes a long way

1 pump of eye cream

Dispense 1 pump of product for each eye.  

3. Dot lightly with fingertips 

Dot eye cream lightly

Dot Eye Cream gently on your skin to spread out the amount and avoid rubbing your skin.

4. Massage gently with your fingertips in circular motion

Massage eye cream with fingers

Remember to be gentle and not to tug the skin! Start from the inner eye area to the outer eye area before closing in on your upper eyelid. Do soft quick dabs around your eye area to enhance absorption.