The Eyes Have ItJune 5th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
Some Quick Tips on Eye Care
The eyes aren’t just the window to the soul. They’re the gatekeepers. Your eyes guard your innermost thoughts, but they also serve as the centerpiece of your entire face. That’s why it’s important to make sure they look their best.
Eye care is especially tricky, because skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive than other areas of the face.
As such, they require more attention, and more discretion. Here are some things to keep in mind when tending to your unique windows.
Eyeing the Problem
The eye has six skeletal muscles that perform a variety of complex, and precise, tasks. They’re in constant motion, and as a consequence, skin around the eyes have evolved to be more flexible, and more fragile. This is great for eye movement, but it also means that wrinkles and fine lines are likely to form earlier than anywhere else on the face. And less skin density means a finer skin matrix, which means collagen breaks down faster around the eyes than other areas of the face. The combination of constant muscle movement and delicate skin, plus external factors like sun and wind damage, means that the eyes age faster than the rest of the face.
Seeing is Believing
So how should you take care of your prized pearls? As with all skin, moisture is a good start. But while regular facial moisturizers may work well on the majority of the skin on your face, they aren’t as effective around the eyes.
The thinner, more delicate skin around the eyes requires specialized eye creams that are usually thicker than normal moisturizers.
Many of these creams contain ceramide and hyaluronic acid, as these ingredients are great at retaining and carrying water deep into the skin. Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have also been shown to boost collagen production, which can extend the longevity of smooth skin.
Products like Epionce’s Renewal Eye Cream or Image Ormedic’s Balancing Eye Lift Gel are great for hydrating skin around your eyes, as well as restoring collagen and elastin. Each line is designed with different skin textures and tones in mind. Elta, for example, makes an oil-free gel that won’t leave skin feeling greasy. Whichever product you choose, make sure it doesn’t have any artificial fragrances, as those kinds of ingredients can dry out and damage skin in the long run.
Soothing Those Circles
Moisture can sometimes be the culprit of unsightly eyes. Puffiness is the result of fluid build-up under the eyes. This transient puffiness usually happens in the mornings, after we’ve been horizontal and fluids, including blood, have shifted significantly. A cold compress is the traditional solution to eye bags, but nowadays, people are turning to caffeine for the cure. Caffeine’s astringent properties can tighten swollen blood vessels and take out some of the excess fluid from puffy eyes.
For a quick remedy involving caffeine, simply heat up a couple of tea bags for a minute, then dip them in ice water, and apply them to the eyes for ten to fifteen minutes.
Dark circles are the result of blood build-up, either from irritated, broken blood vessels, or fluid shifting. They can also appear due to sun damage, aging, or genetics. Dark circles can be unsightly, making us look much older, or seem more tired, than we actually are. One of the best ways to prevent dark circles is to use sunscreen regularly. Find a facial moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 30, and ideally one that has both UVA and UVB protection. This will protect those sensitive areas under and around the eyes that are especially susceptible to harmful radiation. Creams and moisturizers with Vitamin C are also handy, since Vitamin C thickens skin, concealing those dark, hollow rings. Niacinamide, Vitamin B3, and Kojic acid can also lighten the appearance of dark circles.
Through the Looking Glass
Your eyes are the first thing that people notice about you. They’re the window to the soul, and it’s important to keep the window clean so people can see into it. Here are the three most important things to remember about eye care: Protect the sensitive skin around your eyes. Use sunscreen, or use a facial moisturizer or eye cream with SPF. Second: moisturize regularly. Find an eye cream that matches your skin’s texture and tone. And last but not least: get that beauty rest!