During the day our eyes are always active — blinking, smiling, squinting, frowning. The skin around the eyes is also 10 times thinner than that on the rest of the face. So, we feel the area really deserves some extra TLC. Read on for common eye area issues and some top tips for tackling them.
FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
Fine lines often indicate the beginning of the skin’s aging process and many notice the first ones forming under the eyes. Wrinkles form when fine lines begin to deepen but can also form in other areas of the face, like our expression lines. For the eye area that means our smile lines at the corner of our eyes, sometimes cruelly called crow’s feet.
Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of aging and also a huge part of our expressions. So, the objective isn’t to eradicate them but to diminish them and slow their progress. The important thing is to add an eye cream to your skincare routine early on, at first it can be simply hydrating and plumping and as you age you can move on to more active ingredients that help boost collagen and elastin, like BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum. Another helpful tip to minimise sagging is to start wearing prescription glasses and sunglasses as soon as you need them, to avoid squinting.
Sagging of the skin around the eyes is caused by a loss of elasticity, while this is also a normal part of skin aging it can be exasperated by constantly rubbing and tugging the area.
Try to remove your eye makeup as gently as you possibly can. Saturate a cotton pad with BIOEFFECT Micellar Cleansing Water and hold the pad to the eyes for 30 seconds, as this allows the makeup to loosen and dissolve before you gently rub it away.
Under-eye puffiness is often genetic, but overconsumption of salt and lack of sleep can also cause temporary puffiness.
Foods high in salt can cause your body to retain water, making you look and feel puffy and swollen. This is often particularly noticeable in the eye area. On those mornings you can apply a cold compress or even fresh cucumber slices to your eyes to minimise the swelling. A stimulating massage, either with your fingers or a rollerball, can really do wonders as well. If you have enough forethought the night before you might also try sleeping with two pillows underneath your head to encourage overnight drainage.
The skin around the eyes has much fewer sebaceous glands than the skin elsewhere on our face and good eye cream is needed to keep the skin lubricated. Good moisturising ingredients to look for are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, squalene, antioxidants, and aloe vera. It’s also a good idea to use an eye mask regularly, like BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Mask Treatment that not only provides intense hydration but also maximises the efficacy of BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum.