12th November, 2012 - Posted by Victoria Girard - 19 Comments
The skin under your eyes is very different from the rest of your facial skin. It’s often compared to tissue paper due to the fact that it is so thin and fragile. Because it is so extremely delicate it’s the first place to show the signs of aging. Unfortunately, wrinkles just love this delicate area and find it very easy to settle down leaving crevices that make you look older than you actually are. As frustrating as these blasted wrinkles can be, there are some things you can do to help prevent and minimize their appearance.
1. Be Gentle
Never ever tug at the skin around your eyes! If you are someone who wears eye makeup, like me, make sure you remove it ever so carefully every single night (coconut oil makes a great and inexpensive makeup remover.) After applying your makeup remover, gently wipe away the makeup without pulling at your skin.
2. Stay hydrated
Have you ever noticed that when you deprive yourself of fluids and begin to feel parched that your under eye wrinkles look more pronounced and you look more tired and bedraggled? Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep your skin juicy and plump reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles along the way.
Keep your eye area deeply moisturized both morning and evening. Use a rich eye cream loaded with moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, borage oil, argan oil, avocado oil, etc. Keep the skin under your eyes thoroughly quenched, you may need to reapply during the day if your feel that your skin is looking dry and thirsty.
Applying antioxidants (vitamin C, pomegranate, green tea, argan oil, vitamin E, seabuckthorn berry) to your eye area will help keep free radicals from attacking your skin from the outside. Eating plenty of antioxidant rich foods (dark berries, veggies, nuts, seeds, and beans) will fight free radical attacks from the inside. Keeping free radicals from attacking and damaging your cells will promote healthier skin and will help to prevent wrinkles.
5. Stimulate collagen production
As you age your collagen production slows down and your collagen fibers become brittle resulting in lines and wrinkles. You can prompt collagen synthesis with vitamin A (retinol, rosehip seed oil), peptides, or red LED light therapy. Building your collagen and elastin will help plump your skin from the inside producing a smoother surface. Red LED light therapy, such as the DPL Therapy System, also has the ability to repair past damage while reducing existing wrinkles.
Use a mineral sunscreen such as Suntegrity BB Cream every single day. The sun’s harmful rays are the number one cause of premature aging so you need to be diligent about using a safe and effective sunscreen. When you are out and about also make sure to wear sunglasses so that you are protecting your fragile eye area to the best of your ability.
Are under eye wrinkles a big frustration? Yes, they most certainly are, but you can do things to make your eye area look more youthful, renewed, and refreshed; looking like yourself only better. There is hope as these tips will help you gently and naturally ease the ravages of time.