The Best SPF-Spiked Eye Creams to Protect Against Sun Damage

Shield your delicate eye area from UV rays with these dermatologist-recommended, sunscreen-laced treatments and moisturizers. 

Protecting the delicate skin around our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays is important all year round, but especially during the summer months. According to Joshua Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist, and the director of cosmetic and clinical research department of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, the skin around our eyes is among the most sensitive on the body and often goes unprotected from the sun.

The skin around the eyes is more susceptible to sun damage, burning, fine lines, and wrinkles than other parts of the face. Therefore, it requires special care and attention. Just as we swap out daytime moisturizers with SPF for richer night creams before bed, it’s beneficial to do the same with two different eye creams – one to protect during the day and one to soothe and replenish at night.

Choosing the right eye cream with SPF can be a challenge, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Rhode Island-based board-certified dermatologist Tiffany Jow Libby, MD, advises that eyelid skin is thinner and more prone to sensitivity and irritation than the skin on the rest of the body, making it more susceptible to skin cancer. She recommends sticking with mineral sunscreens in this area, and sunglasses and hats are also great options for UV protection around the eyes.

When shopping for eye creams, look for broad-spectrum coverage and products that multitask by not only protecting from the sun but also moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Dr. Libby recommends SPF eye creams with added benefits like humectants to keep the skin barrier hydrated and peptides to help boost collagen production. Multitasking products are always a favorite in a skincare regimen.

In conclusion, protecting the skin around our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays should not be overlooked. By choosing the right eye cream with SPF and incorporating it into our daily skincare routine, we can help prevent sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles, and maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin.

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