The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive layer of skin on your body, this is why the first signs of aging tend to appear around your eyes.
In the same way that increasing your levels of certain nutrients will help protect your vision, incorporating a daily skin care regimen dedicated to the skin around your eyes will help enhance the natural beauty of your eyes and reduce dark circles and visible signs of aging.
Minimizing Dark Circles, Lines, and Under Eye Bags
Dark circles, eye bags, and lines are not necessarily indications that you are suffering from a serious condition but there is no denying that they are unsightly and can make you look older than your real age.
The skin around your eyes is delicate and sensitive due to the lack of subcutaneous fat for cushioning. It tends to become thinner as you age. The thinner layer of skin exposes the veins underneath, making the area look darker.
The tendency to have dark circles and lines is often an inherited trait. Your collagen and elastin production also decreases when you hit the age of 30, making the skin around your eyes more sensitive. Sun damage also hastens the aging process.
You can’t stop the formation of bags, circles, and lines but you can do something to minimize these signs of aging by taking better care of the skin around your eyes. Here are some simple tips that can help you keep the skin around your eyes looking younger longer.
Avoid unnecessary sun exposure
You need a certain amount of sun exposure in order to naturally produce vitamin D but too much of a good thing can be harmful to your skin. Use a safe sunscreen, put on your sunglasses, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when it is too hot outside to protect the skin around your eyes.
Invest in a good eye cream
The skin around your eyes does not have sweat glands, which means that you would have to use moisturizers to keep the area refreshed. Oftentimes we tend to use moisturizers designed for our face around our eyes, which might not be a good idea given that these creams can be too heavy for the delicate eye area.
Instead look for eye creams and especially those that contains emollients, nicotinic acid, and peptides. An emollient traps and seals in moisture.
Nicotinic acid is a form of niacin or vitamin B3 that helps reduce dark circles. Peptides, on the other hand, help enhance collagen production.
Do not lose sleep
A simple way to refresh your face is by getting the recommended hours of sleep. Keep your head elevated and avoid sleeping on your stomach or on your side to reduce the pull of gravity, which will make your eyes look puffy by concentrating blood and fluids around your eyes.
Use nature’s beauty treatments
If you run out of eye cream (and even if you don’t), Mother Nature has got your back. Applying cucumber slices, green tea bags, and potato slices can help reduce eye puffiness.
Be gentle on your eyes
Unnecessary force will irritate the delicate skin around your eyes. Use the point of your ring finger (which exerts the least amount of pressure) when applying any type of product on the skin around your eyes.
Ditch the bad habits
Smoking accelerates your rate of aging. Cut down on your alcohol intake because alcoholic beverages dehydrate your skin. Drink more water instead.