Ageing is a natural process that comes to us all and the skin around our eyes is often the first place to show it. This skin is among the thinnest on our bodies, with no sebaceous glands to help hydration. As we get older, our collagen production slows down and the blood vessels under the surface become more visible. And so, unfortunately, do those dark circles and crows’ feet. Using a good eye cream is one of the best anti-ageing tips to help minimise the visible effects and care for your skin at the same time.
Why should I use an eye cream?
Did you know there are 22 muscles working under the skin around our eyes, which also blink around 10,000 times each day? That’s an awful lot going on under some very fragile skin! So using effective anti-ageing eye creams as early as possible, ideally from your twenties onwards, can only help.
Whatever you use though, the key is in the application. You don’t want to drag or damage the delicate skin around your eyes. When I trained as a Beauty Specialist, I learned you should use your ring finger to gently pat a pea-sized amount all around your orbital bone or eye socket. Patting rather than rubbing will stimulate blood circulation and also help to reduce fluid retention. You should apply it morning and before bed every day to protect, nourish and maintain hydration.
What type of eye cream do I need?
A lot will depend on your skin type but in the main, you want to look for a product that has hyaluronic acid, arnica, Vitamin K, squalene, retinol, and plant enzymes or extracts. Many of the top eye creams contain some or all of these ingredients. Although I’ve yet to try it myself, one such product that’s been garnering some rave reviews is Solvaderm Skincare’s multi-action anti-ageing Eyevage * which has been formulated and developed by both scientists and dermatologists.
Eyevage contains healing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to soothe and protect skin from environmental damage and oxidative stress. Ultra-conditioning moisturisers provide intensive hydration to make the skin appear visibly brighter. Eyevage is also paraben and perfume free, and dispensed via a hygienic pump, so you only use what you need. As some ingredients can “go off” once the jar or tube is opened, I think this is a much better form of packaging. And, as with all new creams, I’d advise testing on the inside of your elbow or underarm for any allergic reaction first.
Also, I can’t remember where I read this (sorry!) but as eye creams tend to have a higher concentration of active ingredients, you can use them on other wrinkle-prone areas too. If you look in the mirror and frown, you’ll see some “11” lines between your eyebrows, and you can pat them around your lip line as well.
Eye creams can only do so much to help though. We all know by now how important it is to drink plenty of water and eat healthily (less sugar, salt and processed food). Exercising regularly promotes increased oxygenated blood flow, which in turn stimulates cell renewal. It should go without saying that smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs, it has a dreadful impact on your skin too.
Sunglasses and sleep
Sunglasses aren’t just for wearing on your head, along with regular eye tests, they can help you avoid squinting unnecessarily. And wearing a sunscreen every day is also a must to prevent UVA and UVB damage.
The really good news is that sleep can help massively. I know that your skin cells regenerate and produce two vital proteins, collagen and elastin while you sleep. So when you don’t get enough sleep, your skin cells have less time to recuperate. Time for an early night, anyone?
Applying an under-eye concealer (after your eye cream) that is one shade lighter than your skin tone can help reduce the appearance of dark shadows. (My YSL Elegant Touch has become a makeup bag staple). And only using eyeliner and mascara on the upper lids and lashes will help to draw attention away from dark circles. You could also try using lighter eyeshadows with a creamy texture to brighten the eye area.
Our eyelashes tend to become less full over time so why not consider an LVL lash treatment or even some subtle eyelash extensions? And semi-permanent make up such as microblading for your eyebrows can help to make your eyes stand out too.
Quick pick me up tips
Have you ever tried the old wives trick of cold tea bags or cucumber on your closed eyes? Caffeine restricts the blood vessels so is a great way to reduce puffiness and swelling under the eye area. And a couple of chilled slices of cucumber will help you feel more refreshed. Whichever option you choose, leave them in place for about five minutes for maximum effect.
I hope I’ve given you some reasons why you should incorporate an effective eye cream such as Eyevage into your skincare regime if you haven’t done so already, as well as a few other ideas. Solvaderm Skincare products are recommended and used by dermatologists and skincare professionals world-wide, so you have the reassurance that it’s a tried and tested brand that works.
Lastly, I’d like to leave you with one of my favourite tips from my mother: beauty is literally only skin deep, the best anti-ageing tip is to wear a smile.
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