The skin around your eyes is the most sensitive part of your face—it’s thinner and therefore more prone to discoloration and wrinkles. This is why you need to take special care of that area. But what causes it exactly, and how do you prevent dark under eye circles, puffiness and fine lines?
What causes damage around your eyes?
As mentioned, the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your face, which means daily movements such as blinking, smiling and frowning can easily cause wrinkles. Rubbing your eyes can also increase the likelihood of wrinkles and can even cause discoloration, because if you rub too hard, it can cause microtears on your skin.
Other external factors that can cause premature aging around your eyes include exposure to UV rays, using harsh chemicals (such as harsh facial scrubs and skin care products not formulated for your eyes), and lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking. Sleeping with makeup on can also damage your eye area.
Now that you know what causes damage and premature aging around your eye area, what should you do to help delay the signs of aging?
Eye cream is your best friend
You might think that the products you use on your face are enough to take care of the skin around your eyes, but this isn’t usually the case. Because the skin around the eyes is more delicate, you need an even gentler formula than the ones you use on your face.
Facial skin care products not formulated for your eye area can irritate your eyes as well. If you use a product and you notice your eyes starting to water or you feel stinging, that means that the product is too strong for that area. This is why you need a dedicated eye cream apart from your facial cream—you’ll be able to keep the area around your eyes moisturized and you’re still getting the benefits of the active ingredients you deliver to the rest of your face without the irritation.
You should also be careful with selecting your eye cream. While retinoids and anti-aging creams are recommended for your face, they might be too harsh on your eyes. That leads us to the next item on our list:
Check your active ingredients carefully
There’s an active ingredient for each skin problem, so check for the ingredients in your eye creams and serums! In general, you want products with active ingredients such as vitamins C, E, and B3, also known as niacinamide. Green tea extract is also a good active ingredient to have in a product formulated for the skin around your eyes. These are antioxidants that help prevent premature aging and protect your skin from agents that can cause damage.
If you want to be more specific, the following active ingredients will help with each problem:
Be extra-gentle on your eye area
This applies to everything you do around your eye area, from makeup application to makeup removal and applying skin care products. Don’t rub or tug on your skin too much, and make sure to use tools around the eyes that don’t cause a lot of friction. The following tips will help:
Wear sunscreen and eye protection
Don’t expose the skin around your eyes to direct sunlight, as UV rays will accelerate aging and cause skin damage. Wear sunscreen before going out of the house and keep your eyes in the shade, whether by wearing sunglasses or other protective gear such as a wide-brimmed hat, a baseball cap or a scarf. And stay out of direct sunlight in the middle of the day!
Get enough sleep!
No amount of skin care will work if you don’t get enough sleep. Tired eyes will be puffy, with dark circles and increased sensitivity. Make sure you get at least 6-8 hours of sleep to keep the skin around your eyes looking fresh and fabulous.
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