Your eyes are the window to the outside world. Your pretty peepers are most likely one of the first things people notice about you and they can reflect everything from honesty to self-confidence.  Because the skin under your eyes is thinner, the eye area can be one of the most delicate areas of your body to treat. It’s an unfair scenario when you consider that it’s often one of the most-noticed areas of the body, yet it shows aging and damage far faster than other areas on your body. It’s understandable that you would want to use an eye cream to help treat everything from swelling and puffiness to color and noticeable veins. But the problem with eye cream is that you can be using one that just isn’t effective on what you’re trying to treat. When uncovering what’s inside your eye cream, you should make note of two very important ingredients. Both Horse Chestnut & Bilberry play an important role in eye care. Let’s take a deeper look at how these two ingredients work and why you want to make sure your eye cream takes advantage of all the wonderful benefits they bring to the table.


If you’re experiencing dark eye circles or puffiness, they could be easily explained by dehydration, fatigue or stress. But as you age, there’s also a chance that your thin skin doesn’t provide enough dermal support, leading to unwanted bags or saggy parts around the eye. There’s also a genetic component that leads to eye circles and puffiness. The layers of fat beneath your skin may be lacking some of the important ingredients they need to function at the optimal level. You may be thinking there’s nothing that can be done to help banish this problem area but a good eye cream can greatly reduce the effects you’re experiencing. To take care of these problems, you need an eye cream that takes into account the complex relationship between the veins, the layers of fat and the capillaries beneath the skin, all of which are very prominent thanks to the thin skin of the eye area. Finding ingredients that help to banish these problems can be a changing day for your skincare routine. Here are two powerhouse ingredients that we want you to get to know a little more about.


The Horse Chestnut tree is a popular tree that hails from Europe. When the leaves, seeds, and bark from the Horse Chestnut tree are extracted properly, they can be used to treat medical conditions like varicose veins and stomach ulcers. The Horse Chestnut Seeds must be processed so that certain active chemicals can be pulled out and concentrated back together without being harmful. The seed extract will be processed down to a 20 percent aescin type, which is effective to use in a facial cream form. The extract can also be found in an oral supplement, gel or cream, like an eye cream or facial foam. Without being processed, the seeds contain a dangerous amount of esculin which can be poisonous and cause side effects such as vomiting, seizures and even, death if eaten raw. It is very dangerous for young children to ingest. Due to this knowledge, it’s pertinent that the horse chestnut is extracted and once so, the benefits are exciting. The Horse Chestnut extract has shown incredible effects in treating varicose veins and acting as a blood thinner for certain medical conditions. It works because it the aescin inside helps by thinning the blood while also helping to block extra leakage from veins and capillaries, as well as, helping to reduce water retention, sending the excess out through the expulsion of urine. Also, found in the horse chestnut are antioxidants and flavonoids which bring anti-inflammatory properties to its use. So why is this great for an eye cream? To banish dark under-eye circles, an eye cream with horse chestnut helps because it helps to strengthen the capillaries and prevent leakage of fluid that leads to unwanted puffiness and discoloration from broken veins.


Problems with circulation can lead to problems with everything from varicose veins to actually damaging the retina of the eye. Thankfully, a little bluish-black fruit that looks a little bit like a blueberry can help with all of the above issues. The bilberry is even the stuff of legends, involved in a story that WWII pilots used it to increase their night vision. Today’s bilberry can also help reduce puffiness and the discoloration that comes with under-eye circles making it the perfect addition for your eye cream. The Bilberry is a plant that grows wild in Northern Europe but is much harder to find in the United States. The fruit contains anthocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that works by blocking damaging free radicals. The extract has been studied to aid in the treatment of heart disease and cancer. Eating bilberry for a certain period of time can help with eye disorders such as macular degeneration. Bilberry fruit extract also contains tannins which have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling. The flavonoids present in the bilberry fruit extract are believed to aid in helping with circulation in the veins. Bilberries also contain vitamin A, which is crucial for eye health. Bilberry comes in several forms, it is commonly found in a tea, but also as a toner, tonic or as a cream. When used in an eye cream, it works to tighten and strengthen the veins helping with circulation. Bilberry is easily absorbed into the skin and is an effective way to get the results you want from an eye cream.

These two super ingredients both bring a wealth of benefits to your eye cream. If you haven’t already explored the possibility of using one that contains both powerful antioxidant-packed ingredients, it’s time to explore what you really need in your eye cream. Some eye creams work without really targeting the veins or the inflammation that’s to blame for the unwanted color and puffiness. When you turn to science, however, you learn that the writing’s truly on the wall. All we have to do is open up our eyes and take a look!

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