We have all heard the saying “it’s all in the eyes,” and so much of that is true. Past and recent scientific findings confirm that your eyes do indeed tell the world so much about you both consciously and unconsciously.
They can indicate important health concerns and how well you are looking after yourself, the status of your emotional and psychological well- being, and can often be a source of strong communication (e.g. whether we are telling the truth or not).
Another truth that our eyes often fail to hide is our age. Yes, the eyes are the first part of us that people immediately connect with and can be quite telling.
And so, it makes sense that the eye area is the biggest complaint the beauty industry hears about. Although there is undeniably a hereditary component to how and why our eyes age, many other reasons are generally not ones that we are born with but rather ones that are triggered by both internal (i.e. hormones) and external influences (i.e. lifestyle choices) through life.
The eyes are the fastest areas of the face to age.
Why? Because the area contains minimal fat tissue and supportive muscle in the bottom layer of the skin (Hypodermis).
In fact, the area is approximately 1/10 the thickness to the rest of the skin on the face. Additionally, there is a lack of oil glands in the area to condition and protect the skin. Think of the skin around your eyes as like very thin paper; fragile and extremely delicate. So, it’s a NO to rigorous eye rubbing when you are tired or they are itchy, as tempting as it is!
From time to time, we experience different eye area concerns, and we can often also fight more than one eye area concern at a time.
New baby? Dark and hollow raccoon eyes.
Long haul flight? Dehydration and creepiness.
A river of tears cried from a broken heart? Puffiness and swelling.
Spring time? Bags aplenty.
Constantly straining while glaring at the laptop screen? Expression lines from frowning.
A stressful situation bringing about minimal sleep, poor diet, worry and anxiety?
All the above! These outcomes are often temporary and can be sorted out relatively quickly.
However, the most substantial complaint concerning the eye area that we hear comes from the most visible by-product of the ageing journey – lines and wrinkles. Fine lines evolve into ‘crow’s feet’ eventually becoming deeply impressed in the corners of our eyes.
While preventative treatments are always best to ward off early lines, sometimes we understand that notion a little too late. And although wrinkles are inevitable, there really are some marvelous age-restorative eye treatments available to soften, diffuse and improve the appearance of wrinkles once established.
As you will discover, there are some super effective measures that you can take, sans surgery and fillers, that make a significant difference in the appearance of most of the well-known eye area concerns. A commitment to using smart targeted skincare paired with some simple lifestyle remedies often result in the appearance of more youthful sparkling peepers with that fresh look of being rested and fabulous!
Let’s now explore each eye area concern in detail, so we best know how to target them.
LINES & WRINKLES:
It feels like it almost happens overnight. You wake up one morning and there they are. Lines and wrinkles have formed. They are no longer those little dry fine lines that disappear with moisturising. No, they are stubborn deeper ridges that sit around your eyes, namely crow’s feet.
Causes: lines and wrinkles around the area are caused by collagen, elastin, fat and muscle breakdown. Premature lines and wrinkles appear due to sun damage, the stress of years of repetitive facial movements, unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking and poor eating, and well, the list goes on.
What can I do? always wear sunscreen and wide-rimmed sunglasses when outdoors, embrace more effective sleeping practices including using a silk pillow and sleeping on your back, and ditch the unhealthy habits of excess alcohol, smoking and junk food.
Must-have key actives in your eye treatment:
Fills in and plumps wrinkles
Firms, tightens and stimulates collagen
Softening, strengthening and hydrating
Waking up from a big night out on the town? Watched the notebook last night? Your eyes will probably be uncomfortably feeling it and looking rather puffy and swollen the morning after! This occurs due to temporary swelling and inflammation. A pooling of fluid in the area occurs, and while your body will try its hardest to drain this excess fluid, sometimes we need a little extra help.
Causes: The eyes are extremely vulnerable to any changes the body goes through. Hormonal changes, lack of sleep, seasonal allergies, excess salt and alcohol in your diet, crying and even cranking up the central heating overnight, can all cause fluid retention and swelling.
What can I do? It’s all about ‘deflating’ the area: keep your eyes cool by apply a cold compress to the eyes. Apply an eye product that has been stored in the fridge and stay clear of eye products that contain strong fragrances. Give yourself a simple lymphatic eye massage. Drink plenty of water to defy dehydration and water retention, elevate your head a little when sleeping and take your eye makeup off before bed!
Must- have key actives in your eye treatment:
Fills in, plumps and hydrates
Cucumber and Aloe Vera
Anti-inflammatories – cools and calms
Firms and tightens eye area
Protects and repairs delicate skin
Visit our [Part 2] to learn more about dark circle, bags and tips for looking after your eye area!
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