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Why Do I Need an Eye Cream with SPF?

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If you’re a skincare pro, then chances are you already know the importance of having an eye cream in your arsenal. But maybe you don’t quite know why it’s crucial to have one with SPF in it. This post will tell you four very important reasons why…

In honor of our new eye cream, Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40, we’re going to tell you exactly why you need to wear sunscreen on the delicate skin around your eyes.

1. 90% of the signs of aging come from the sun.

…and aging is most commonly manifested on or around your eye area, especially in the form of fine lines or even crow’s feet.

“Sun exposure is a critical contributor to the aging process of the entire face, but especially around the eye area,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Fenton.

Luckily, Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream contains broad spectrum SPF 40 protection to fight both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays around your entire eye area. Problem, solved! 

2. Two of your most sun-sensitive spots are your eyes.

Your eyes remain two of your most sun-sensitive spots because the skin around your eyes is very thin, making it an even easier target for sun damage. So, SPF is again a must. 

Here’s some more info on why your eyes are more prone to sun damage, thanks to Dr. Fenton: “The skin around the eyes is fragile due to the anatomy of the area. The skin covers an opening where we need to be able to see across a wide area. Our faces are designed to have less bulk in this area in order to reduce obstruction of our vision. Not only is the epidermis thinner, but the muscle, fat, and other supporting structures are thinner, too. Thus, any damage to this skin will have more of an impact than it would thicker skin, and as the epidermis is damaged, it will show more readily.”

3. 5% to 10% of skin cancer is found around your eyes. 

We don’t want to get too scary here, but the fact remains that dermatologists do diagnose skin cancer around the eye area…and skin cancer is caused by overexposure to the sun. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the best way for you to prevent this is to wear sunscreen

4. The #1 eye concern is dark circles, and hyperpigmentation from the sun or blue light can cause or worsen them.

Studies show that people’s primary concern when it comes to their eyes is dark circles. And while some people’s dark circles can be hereditary, research also indicates that hyperpigmentation from the sun and blue light can actually cause them or worsen them if you did inherit them from your mom.

Just in case you need a quick refresher… Hyperpigmentation is defined as dark patches on the skin that are commonly triggered by UV damage, blue light, acne and more.

You’ll want to look for an eye cream that contains ingredients to help protect from blue light damage. Bright-Eyed also contains a skin-brightening pink tint along with sustainably-sourced mica, which creates an instantly illuminating effect that helps mask darkness around your eye area.

+Have more questions about why you should be wearing an eye cream with SPF? Leave them below!