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5 Mistakes That Age the Eyes

The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face. As we age and with lifestyle choices, we lose elasticity and skin becomes even thinner due to the breakdown of collagen. Plus, there is a lack of sebaceous glands around the outer corners of the eyes, making lines and wrinkles deeper than on the forehead. We also lack fat and muscle tissue around the eye area. One could compare the skin on the face to a piece of paper and the skin around the eye area to a tissue. It is extremely sensitive, delicate, and permeable.

We may have good skin care habits for the face, but sadly often not as good habits for the eye area. Many use the same cleansers and facial products around the eyes that they do on their face. Combine this with bad skin care, no skin care and a modern lifestyle, and the eyes will show the first signs of aging in forms of dark circles, puffy eyes, hollowness, premature lines/wrinkles, dryness, sensitivity, and a just plain tired look. The eyes literally are the most vulnerable and show the signs of stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, and lifestyle. When it comes to restoring a youthful look, our eyes are our greatest opportunity.

1. A Problem with Products. It's important to start investing in quality products, specifically designed for the eye area. Sadly, many use facial moisturizers and cleansers around the eye area, which are too heavy and rich and often not pH balanced, causing milia and irritation. Due to the delicate skin around the eye, use no more than a grain of rice amount of eye moisturizer. If too much is used, it can cause puffiness and swelling around the eye area, especially underneath.

2. Poor Sleep. We all know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, which is an important part of good eye health. Newest research shows that getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night is a vital part of health for one’s mind, body, and skin.

3. Incorrect Application. It is also important to understand how to apply eye products. Often, products are applied directly under the eye. With no oil glands around the eye area, the product will travel into the eye and cause irritation. Avoid applying products directly all over the eye, which will only cause irritation. Start on top of the zygomatic bone with gentle tapping movements, working gently from the inner to the outside of the eye. Then, gently work around the eye area underneath the brow to the nose. This allows working the contour of the eye area. This technique helps to stimulate the lymphatic drainage around the eye area and help protect the eye area and keep it smooth and free from lines and wrinkles.

4. The Wrong Removal. Be mindful and avoid using incorrect and harsh cleansers and eye makeup remover. Use a specific pH balanced cleanser and clinically tested products just for the eye area. Look for ingredients like moringa and coconut extracts, which gently remove stubborn waterproof eye makeup. Also, consider rose water and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, condition and comfort the eye area. Always work inwards, with light movements and avoid dragging on the skin.

5. Blue Light Devices. Many of us are working on computer screens and/or looking at our smart phones, which emit blue light. This light increases the aging process and causes dryness and sensitivity around the eye area. Suggestion: One hour prior to bedtime, avoid watching TV, phones, and other screens. During that time, apply some cool cucumber slices to soothe and comfort the eyes and let the busy mind calm down.

Dark Circles The number one concern regarding the eye area is dark circles which are caused by genetics, lack of sleep, poor sleeping habits, allergies (hay fever), anemia from iron deficiency, frequent rubbing of the eye area, smoking, dehydration, and aging. Another factor is too much caffeine after a long stressful day working at your computer and generally overdoing things. As the skin is so thin around the eye area, it shows the effects.

Goldie Bonnell is an international training manager for ESPA’s American division. She has more than 25 years of experience in the skin care and wellness industries. She has designed programs and client treatments for many spas and she is a featured speaker at industry trade shows.


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