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Your eyes are the window to your soul. It is also the eye area that shows the first signs of ageing like fine lines. So you might want to care for the skin around them the best you can, as the skin there is really thin and sensitive. A study published in 2015 in Advanced Biomedical Research notes, eye-area skin doesn’t have as many oil glands and collagen as the rest of your face and body, making it more prone to dryness, droopiness, lines, and wrinkles. So it is important to take good care of it. Here are a few things to consider when taking care of your eye area.
Use an eye cream for the eye area
A while ago I watched an youtube video of dermatologist who was debunking beauty myths. She said one doesn’t need to use a specific cream for the eye area, because they are a result of marketing and only cost us more money. She explained, one can simply use their face moisturisers. At first I was like “Wow, really?!”, but then I thought about it and did some research. The skin under the eyes is so thin and sensitive. If you are using a Retinol face cream, it would be too harsh for the under-eye area. It just doesn’t make sense. Eye creams are formulated with the specific needs of the area in mind, so I decided not to trust her and continue using an eye cream. I would advise you do the same.
Analyse your skin needs
You have dark circles – you may need products with caffeine and vitamin K. You have fine lines – look for antioxidant-packed products. You have sensitive skin – avoid fragranced products. If you can’t do it yourself, you’d better consult a specialist but you need to use products that will suit your personal needs.
Apply masks every once and a while
It is good to take advantage of masks – they provide a more intense care and instant results. Try using a mask at least once a week. I recently got these Shangpree Black Pearl Eye Masks which are hydrating and revitalising. However, you can skip sheet masks and try cream ones. Whatever suits you best.
Remove makeup gently
As I said the skin around the eyes is so thin that we need to be gentle to it. Remove makeup gently without excessive rubbing. If using micellar water, let it soak and then remove makeup.
Wear your eyeglasses/contact lenses
I’m the worst person to say this, since I tend to forget wearing my eyeglasses, and it has already cost me a few wrinkles. If you don’t see well, you frown. If you frown, you get wrinkles. It is as simple.
Take advantage of massaging techniques
Massage improves blood flow which is the secret to good looking skin. You can use your fingers to gently tap and tone the eye area or you can use a face roller.
Consider your lifestyle
One needs to sleep enough to avoid having dark circles. One needs to drink enough water to avoid puffiness. One needs to do sports, eat light dinners earlier, avoid alcohol and stick to a healthy diet. It all comes from within. Good to remind ourselves that!