The eyes might be the window to the soul, but the skin surrounding them is even more revealing. To help combat the signs of ageing around the eyes, here are a few key things it’s worth remembering.
Focus on gentle, effective formulas
The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than anywhere else on the face, so you need to use products that are specifically formulated to cater to this area of the skin. Your usual day cream or overnight treatment will likely be too rich, too thick or too intensive to deliver results on the issues that blight the eye contour, such as fine lines and discolouration, so you need to look for products that combine a gentle and tolerable formulation with ingredients that can still make a difference to the skin.
Look for lightweight creams, gels and serums to avoid overwhelming the skin and avoid strong concentrations of irritating ingredients like Retinol, fragrances and essential oils.
Prevention is better than cure
As with all visible signs of ageing, working to prevent them before they have developed is always more effective than doing damage control after the problem has already occurred. The skin around the eyes is naturally lacking in collagen and has minimal sebaceous glands, making the area highly prone to dryness and creasing. This, coupled with the fact that we blink around 10,000 times a day, means the eye area is incredibly prone to damage and the development of fine lines, so using products to counteract this as early as possible (most experts recommend adding an anti-aging eye cream into your routine around age 25) is key.
Certain ingredients work better for the eye area
As previously mentioned, the skin around the eyes is seriously lacking in structure. Not only is it low on supportive proteins like collagen, but the skin in this area is literally covering the sunken hollow of the eye contour, so every bit of support helps. Collagen-stimulating ingredients such as Vitamin C, low concentrations or weaker derivatives of Vitamin A, and Peptides will all contribute to an increase in the thickness of the skin, while barrier-building ingredients like Ceramides can help to keep the surface firm and strong.
As the skin around the eyes is prone to dryness, look for hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Panthenol, which boost skin’s moisture levels without making it feeling greasy or heavy. Using rich creams here will only congest the skin and make it puffy, so look for a formula rich in moisturising agents instead of creams with a rich texture for the most dramatic results.
Think about how and when you apply
If you have never used an eye-focused treatment, it can be difficult finding a place for it in your routine. The best way to incorporate one is to use it in the same step as your serum – after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising and applying a sunscreen. This means all the active ingredients can penetrate the surface quickly and without obstruction.
You should also be a little more delicate when applying products to the eye area. Instead of rubbing the product into your skin, use your fingertips to gently press, pat or smooth product underneath each eye using light to medium pressure. Work from the inner corner near to the nose towards the outer corner, as this helps to disperse any puffiness, whether your chosen formula targets this issue or not.
With any new step in your skin care routine, consistency is the best way to see and maintain noticeable improvements. You will start to notice your make-up goes on smoother (especially concealer!) and your eyes will look more awake after just a couple of weeks, so stick to twice daily application to see the best results in the shortest amount of time.
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