How to Care for the Skin Around Your Eyes
While you might wish it weren't so, the skin around your eyes is one part of your body that can show the earliest signs of premature aging, particularly without proper care. But have you ever wondered why?
First, the skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on other parts of your body. And because your eyes work a lot throughout the day, from blinking to expressing your emotions, this alone can cause premature aging. Moreover, genetic reasons, ultraviolet (UV) rays, external stressors, and lifestyle choices can also cause the skin around the eyes to age more quickly.
Yet no matter how old you are, it's never too early or too late to give your eyes the love they deserve.
Moisturizing your skin is one of those underrated steps that often falls by the wayside but shouldn't. Imagine our skin as a grape. When it loses water, it starts to shrink, and wrinkles can appear. But once you put that water back in, it can help plump up and potentially reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The same applies for our eye area. Since they lack oil glands (our skin's natural moisturizer), they can be more prone to dryness.
The most commonly asked question about moisturizing this part of your face is whether you can use your face moisturizer for the skin around your eyes. The answer is yes. As long as it doesn't irritate your eyes and provides a sufficient amount of moisture, you're good.
Keep in mind, however, that since the skin is thin around your eyes, it can be sensitive to regular face cream. If you feel a stinging sensation or your eyes turn watery or red, avoid using your regular face moisturizer, and instead invest in an eye cream.
Eye creams are often formulated with ingredients less likely to have an adverse effect on your eyes but contain enough active ingredients that may help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Treat yourself to a massage
If you notice that your puffy eyes tend to come and go but look more obvious when you're tired or haven't been sleeping well, a simple massage might do the trick.
Other than some genetic factors, fluid retention can cause puffy eyes. This may be the result of a meal high in salt, lack of sleep, or even too much sleep.
Massaging under your eyes can help improve the circulation around them. The pressure from the massage may help drain excess fluid around this area and reduce puffiness.
Sleep, eat well, & exercise
When it comes to changing your lifestyle habits and protecting the skin around your eyes, what shows on the outside definitely reflects what's happening on the inside.
Try to get a good amount of sleep every night. The exact amount will vary depending on a number of factors but somewhere between 6 1/2 and 8 hours. Also, it pays to do regular exercise to improve blood circulation.
Practice eating a balanced, healthy diet. Look for foods high in potassium, like bananas. Drinking enough water every single day is also important. The amount varies from person to person but drink between 4-8 glasses a day as a general guide.
Smoking & Skin Care
If you're looking to quit smoking, you've now got one more reason to: premature wrinkles. Smoking can speed up the normal aging process by impairing blood flow to your skin and damaging your levels of collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to your skin's strength and elasticity.
Taking the nonsurgical route
While prevention should always be your first option, especially if you're under the age of 30, genetics and age can still work against you.
If you've hit the point where topical (cream) treatments simply aren't working, there are a number of nonsurgical options out there, from laser resurfacing and neuromodulation (Botox) to fillers. These procedures may help remove crow's feet, aid in the loss of volume under your eyes, and provide an all-around “younger” look.
But while these fixes are quick, the price tag is often eye-watering. Botox can start from $550 per session, while laser treatments can start from $1,031 per session. Paired with the fact that the outcome of these treatments isn't necessarily permanent, consider consulting with a doctor first. They can discuss whether this is the right option for you.
There are so many different ways to give that much-needed love to the skin around your eyes. From moisturizing and sun protection to getting more sleep, implementing these game changers into your beauty routine, even if just one at a time, can help you on your way to improving the skin around your eyes.
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