Why You Should Care for the Skin Around Your Eyes
The skin around our eyes is an often overlooked part of our face. However, we should be paying more attention to it because they are the first area to show signs of aging! The eyes are both the biggest opportunity to restore a youthful look, and also the most susceptible to the effects of aging skin. The skin around our eyes is prone to wrinkling, hollowness, puffiness, and the quintessential tired look. They say eyes are the window to the soul, and the skin around our eyes is the frame. Ok, no one actually said that, but you get the drift! Paying more attention to the skin around our eyes can ensure that we look more vibrant and youthful for longer!
What makes the skin around our eyes particularly vulnerable to aging? Well, there are quite a few reasons for this!
- Extremely thin skin
The skin around the eyes is very, very thin! You can feel it yourself if you simply touch the skin under your eyes. It does not have the same plumpness or bounciness that you would feel if you touch your cheeks. This thinness means that the skin is much more prone to breaking down and becoming loose. Fine lines, wrinkles, and thinning will occur in this area a lot faster.
- Lack of supportive tissue and fats in the area under the eye
The skin under our eyes does not have the same elastic, supple feel as the rest of our skin because it does not have a lot of the essential elements that give our skin shape and elasticity. The skin around the eyes lacks soft tissues such as fats and muscles which give structure to the skin. Hence, a lack of these supportive structures means that the skin is much more likely to cave in and collapse, causing wrinkling and lines.
- The eye socket is literally hollow
To exacerbate the problem of caving in, well, the skin around the eyes is literally covering a hole itself — the eye socket. Collapsing is well, inevitable when there is nothing underneath to prop it up!
- Sleep, diet, and stress can all cause puffiness and circles
The hollowness of our eyes is made even worse by the propensity of the skin to be affected by our sleep cycles and stress patterns. A lack of sleep is almost definitely equal to dark circles and puffiness. Sigh, it really doesn’t get better…
It might seem like there is no hope for our poor eyes… But that’s not true! If you start taking care of this very vulnerable area of skin, you can prevent the skin from aging out too early!
Tips for Caring for the Skin Around Your Eyes
Go ham on the moisturizer!
People somehow have an aversion towards moisturizers, and we can’t think why! Perhaps there is an unfounded fear that moisturizer will somehow clog up the pores and cause lots of pimples. Well, that’s not true, and skipping moisturizer is a big, big no-no that many people still commit! Here’s an analogy for you: your skin is like a grape. You know how raisins form because you dry grapes out under the sun, and then the grape shrinks and gets all wrinkly as it loses moisture, turning into a raisin with tough, wrinkly layers. Yeah, that’s your skin if you don’t moisturize. You will become a raisin! If you don’t want leathery, dry, wrinkly skin, moisturize, please! This goes for the skin under your eyes especially since it is so vulnerable to wrinkling! The skin under our eyes does not have oil glands so they can’t produce sebum, which is our skin’s natural moisturizer that keeps it supple and smooth. You can use the same moisturizer for your face under your eyes. Just apply a nice layer under and massage it in. You will want to be careful, however, that your facial moisturizer does not irritate the skin under your eyes. This area of skin might be more sensitive due to the thinness and lack of protective fats. Get an eye cream instead if you feel your eyes getting irritated.
Visibly brighten and reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness with this eye cream that is infused with Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Kojic Acid to combat the different signs of aging.
Enjoy the effects of an eye lift without having to go under the knife. This serum is enriched with a mixture of minerals to tighten the skin around your eyes and reduce wrinkles.
Revitalize, rejuvenate, and hydrate your undereye area with this eye cream that is packed with Vitamin C and Red Algae Marigel to brighten, nourish, and soften your skin.
Know your Ingredients
When looking for a new eye cream, there are ingredients you will want to be on the lookout for in the formulations depending on what the goal of your eye cream is. You want to pick certain formulations that target your eyecare concern. Here is a handy list of concerns and the ingredients that are effective for combating it:
Humectants are a major ingredient you will need for fine lines. Humectants draw moisture from deep within the skin and surroundings and pump it into the skin cells. This plumps up the skin cells and gives them more elasticity so fine lines do not show as much. You should also look for collagen-stimulating ingredients that will also add to the plumping and adding of elasticity and suppleness in the skin. Here are some of the best ingredients:
- Vitamin A-derivatives like retinoids and retinols
Hyperpigmentation (also known as dark circles)
Hyperpigmentation is caused by UV rays that stimulate the melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) to produce more melanin. Melanin is natural sunscreen as it absorbs harmful UV rays. An overproduction of melanin, however, can lead to deposits of darkness in areas on the face. There are a number of ingredients that are very effective at reducing the darkness and look of dark circles. Look for eye creams formulated with the following:
- Kojic acid
- Vitamin C
- Azelaic acid
An eye brightener that color corrects and illuminates your under eyes with color correcting pigments to brighten dark circles while hydrating your skin with Hyaluronic Acid.
Achieve a youthful glow and get rid of dark eye circles with this eye cream that has Purslane, Sugar Beet and Yeast to de-puff your eyes while retaining moisture with Omega lipids.
Puffiness of the eyes
You can easily reverse the puffiness by getting sufficient sleep and drinking more water. A solid 8 hours of sleep and 1.5 liters of water should fix your puffy eyes. However, there are also ingredients that can reduce puffiness if puffiness is a chronic concern for you:
- Coffeeberry polyphenols
Taking care of the skin under your eyes might sound like a strange thing to do, but you will thank yourself when you are 35 and starting to see fine lines under the eyes. Remember that anti-aging starts from your twenties, and the earlier you start incorporating these ingredients into your eye care routine, the more vibrant and youthful you will look for longer!
|1||Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue|
Visibly brighten and reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness with this eye cream that is infused with Vitamin K and Kojic Acid.
|2||Salameh Instant Eye Lift|
This serum is enriched with a mixture of minerals to tighten the skin around your eyes and reduce wrinkles; giving you enhanced glow.
|3||Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue|
Revitalize, rejuvenate, and hydrate your undereye area with this eye cream that is packed with Vitamin C and Red Algae Marigel.
|4||Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint|
An eye brightener that color corrects and illuminates your under eyes with color correcting pigments to brighten dark circles.
|5||Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream|
Achieve a youthful glow and get rid of dark eye circles with this eye cream that has Purslane and Yeast to de-puff your eyes.