While you wish it weren't, the skin around your eyes is a part of your body that can show the first signs of premature aging, particularly without proper care. But have you ever wondered why? Follow these tips to take care of the skin in this delicate area and manage to delay the effects of time in time.
First, the skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on other parts of your body. And since your eyes work a lot throughout the day, from blinking to expressing your emotions, this can only cause premature aging.
Additionally, genetic reasons, ultraviolet (UV) rays, external stressors, and lifestyle choices can also cause the skin around the eyes to age faster.
Some common problems in the eye area are:
· dark circles
· fine lines
· swelling (including eye bags)
7 ways to care for the skin around the eyes
However, no matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to give your eyes the love they deserve. Here are some easy tips to take care of the skin around your eyes. Add them to your beauty routine today.
Hydration to take care of the skin of the eyes
Hydrating your skin is one of those underrated steps that often gets by the wayside, but shouldn't. Imagine our skin as a grape. When it loses water, it begins to shrink and wrinkles may appear.
But once you put that water back in, it can help fill in and potentially reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The same applies to our eye area. Since they lack oil glands (our skin's natural moisturizer), they can be more prone to dryness.
The most frequently asked question about hydrating this part of your face is whether you can use facial moisturizer for the skin around the eyes. The answer is yes. As long as it doesn't irritate your eyes and provides a sufficient amount of moisture, you'll be fine.
However, keep in mind that since the skin is thin around the eyes, it can be sensitive to regular face cream. If you feel a stinging sensation or your eyes become watery or red, avoid using your regular facial moisturizer and instead invest in a dedicated eye cream.
Eye creams are often formulated with ingredients that are less likely to have an adverse effect on the eyes, but contain enough active ingredients that can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Check the ingredients
When looking for the right eye cream, it is important to know what ingredients to look for based on what you are treating. Below, you will find ingredients that it is suggested to choose according to your concern and always under medical supervision.
For fine lines
Aside from hydrating moisturizers, used to reduce moisture loss, you'll want to look for ingredients that provide an immediate "plump" effect.
For this result, opt for more powerful ingredients that have been linked to stimulating collagen production. These include:
· retinoid (prescription-based)
· retinol (over-the-counter options)
· derived from vitamin A
For hyperpigmentation (dark circles)
To combat hyperpigmentation (dark circles) caused by the sun's UV rays, you'll want to look at the following ingredients:
· kojic acid
· vitamin C
· niacinamide (vitamin B-3)
· azelaic acid
The remedy for puffy eyes can be as easy as getting enough sleep or drinking enough water. But when it comes to skincare ingredients, the following can help reduce puffiness:
· Green tea and coffee berry polyphenols
· dipeptide-2 (Eyeliss)
· willow grass
For general situations around the eyes
For more general concerns about the skin around your eyes, look for antioxidants. These powerful ingredients help eliminate free radicals on the skin caused by UV radiation, smoking, and pollutants. Furthermore, they can also help slow down the aging process.
Look for the following:
· vitamin C
· Vitamin E
· Green Tea
· vitamin B-3 (niacinamide)
When caring for your skin, be kind
From removing eye makeup to applying products to the skin around your eyes, it's important to be gentle. The skin under your eyes is very thin and because of this, the added pressure from our daily activities has the potential to contribute to additional fine lines. Here are some tips on how to be subtler during your skincare routine:
When you take off your makeup
· Apply your favorite eye makeup remover with a cotton ball.
· Press the pad gently onto your skin.
· Drag it slowly in an outward motion.
· Repeat until your makeup is completely removed.
When you apply your products
· Apply your product to your little finger.
· Rub their products around your eyes, circling your eye area. Don't forget about the upper eyelid.
· Repeat until the product is completely absorbed into the skin.
Sun protection is a must
Sun exposure can play an important role in the skin's aging process and can make the skin under the eyes darker.
A broad spectrum sunscreen is truly an indispensable part of any skincare routine and should be applied every day. Even if it looks gloomy outside, UV rays can still cause damage.
Also, don't forget your upper eyelid. This is one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to applying sunscreen.
And if reapplying sunscreen on top of makeup, especially eye makeup, is a hassle, consider investing in a pair of sunglasses that offer UV protection. This can help protect not only your eyes but also the skin around unwanted UV and UVB rays.
Treat yourself with a massage
If you notice that your puffy eyes tend to come and go, but it looks more obvious when you're tired or haven't slept well, a simple massage can do the trick.
Aside from some genetic factors, fluid retention can cause puffy eyes. This can be the result of a high-salt meal, lack of sleep, or even too much sleep.
Massaging under the eyes can help improve circulation around the eyes. The pressure of the massage can help drain excess fluid around this area and reduce swelling.
And if you can invest a little money, a jade facial massage roller can also help to ease tension around this area and reduce swelling.
Sleep, eat right, exercise, repeat
When it comes to changing your lifestyle habits and protecting the skin around your eyes, what shows on the outside and reflects what is happening on the inside.
Practice these three things:
· sleeping more
· do exercise
· try to eat a healthy diet
Try to get at least six hours of sleep every night and exercise regularly to improve blood circulation. When you don't sleep or get enough exercise, not only can you feel more fatigued, but the skin around your eyes becomes darker, puffier, and looks "unhealthy."
Eat a balanced and healthy diet. Look for foods high in potassium, like bananas. It is also important to drink enough water every day. Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, although this can vary from person to person.
In short, there are so many different ways to give that much-needed love to the skin around your eyes. From hydration and sun protection to getting more sleep, implementing these game changers into your beauty routine, even one at a time, can help improve the skin around your eyes.