Dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness plaguing your beauty routine? You might need to zero in on your eye area. The skin around our eye areas is the first to show signs of aging — think crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. This area is incredibly delicate. And while you might think that your current skincare routine covers this area, think again. Your eye area is one of the thinnest, most sensitive skin areas on your body, and it deserves its own treatment.
Why Treat the Eyes?
Dermatologists and skin pros recommend treating the eye area differently than the rest of your face, and there’s a good reason behind their recommendation. According to a 2015 study published by Advanced Biomedical Research, the skin around the eye areas does not have as many oil glands and collagen as the rest of your face. This makes the area susceptible to lines, wrinkles, droopiness, and dryness. Additionally, our eyes do a lot of work for us, from blinking to expressing our emotions. That combined with ultraviolet rays, everyday stressors, and lifestyle choices (hello late nights!), can cause the sensitive skin around your eyes to age prematurely. Often, this area is the first place where we see signs of aging.
Eye Care 101
In addition to your current skincare routine, skin experts advise using certain ingredients, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, and niacinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B-3. These powerful ingredients work to remove free radicals in the skin that are triggered by ultraviolet radiation and pollutants. These wonder ingredients can also slow the preemptive signs of aging.
Fine Lines and Aging
Moisturizers are a pillar of proper skincare. Moisturizers not only keep your skin hydrated but looking its best, too. However, when it comes to your delicate eye areas, your daily moisturizer may not be enough. Experts recommend adding an eye cream specially designed for the eyes to your anti-aging skincare routine for firmer skin, defined contours, and refreshed brighter-looking eyes. Simply follow your regular skincare regime, pat onto your entire eye area including the brow bone but avoiding your eyelids and lashes, and let dry before applying your makeup for best results.
Hanging eyelids, dark circles, and swollen eyes are all signs of a fatigued face. Luckily, there are some simple lifestyle adjustments you can make to remedy these common issues that go beyond your daily skincare routine. Experts claim that smoking, drinking, and a lack of sleep can lead to under-eye problems. Additionally, poor hydration and excess sodium consumption may be to blame for your dark circles and puffiness. By cutting out these habits, you may be on your way to better-looking skin.
Leave your baggage for your next trip. According to the Mayo Clinic, puffy eyes are likely caused by an accumulation of fluid that occurs during sleep. Dermatologists suggest having a jade roller handy to combat puffy eyes. Keep your roller in the refrigerator overnight and when you wake up in the morning, dip your roller into eye gel and gently roll across the problem areas. The cooling factor can help to reduce overall puffiness so you can start your day feeling — and looking — your best.
Put your best face forward. From taking action to combat premature signs of aging to resetting your lifestyle, these expert-approved tips will have you on your way to your best skin ever.