Fine lines and wrinkles are two of the most common signs of premature aging. They tend to appear on the face in areas where the skin naturally folds when you smile or frown.
They also develop in your face with the thinnest skin: the area around your eyes. This is the primary reason why the eyes are more vulnerable to aging.
The fact that the skin only covers the hollow space of your eye socket and does not give it any solid base, and that the underlying tissue lacks supporting fat and muscles, also contribute to the faster aging of your eyes.
Lastly, the premature aging of your eyes can also be intensified by your lifestyle and certain practices, such as not getting enough sleep, having an unbalanced diet, and feeling stressed all the time.
Caring for the Skin Around Your Eyes
Since the skin around your eyes is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging, you need to pay special attention to and take care of them.
Below are six tips that will help you take care of the skin around your eyes better and allow you to look younger and more attractive:
1. Keep the skin around your eyes moisturized.
Since the area surrounding your eyes lacks oil glands, moisturizing it is crucial to make them less prone to dryness and puffiness.
The right hydrating eye cream helps retain the plumpness and elasticity of your skin. This, in turn, promotes water retention and prevents wrinkles and fine lines from forming.
To ensure you are moisturizing your skin properly, use a hydrating cream on the area surrounding your eyes every morning and night.
2. Choose the right product.
Since the skin surrounding your eyes is extra sensitive, you have to be more careful about the products you apply in this area.
Providers of skincare products in the KSA say a good way to start is to look for creams and serums specially formulated for the skin around the eyes. This is because regular moisturizers may contain ingredients that can irritate your thin, sensitive skin.
Most eye creams and serums do not contain harsh acids that can irritate your fragile eye area.
Additionally, you will do well to choose a product with vitamin C, peptide, and retinol. These ingredients help stimulate the natural collagen in your skin.
On the other hand, retinol can smoothen the overall surface and remove dark spots on your skin.
Lastly, don’t forget to read the entire ingredient list of the skincare product. If you are unsure of any component, you will do well to consult your dermatologist to make sure it is safe for you to use it.
3. Protect your skin with SPF.
Constant exposure to harsh UV rays can damage your eyes. Unfortunately, the skin area around them won’t escape these harsh effects, either.
For this reason, it is important to use an eye cream with SPF to protect the most sensitive part of your face.
Keep in mind that frequent exposure to the harmful rays of the sun can speed up the entire aging process. This can cause the appearance of dark spots underneath the eye, and fine lines around your eye.
For the best protection, look for an eye cream for day use with UV protection. If you can’t find one, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen all over your face.
Also, make it a habit to go outdoors 25 to 30 minutes after applying the sunscreen.
4. Use the right techniques when applying products around your eyes.
Skincare experts agree that the best way to apply creams or serums around your eyes is to pat these on the area with your ring finger.
By patting instead of rubbing the product, you ensure you are not tugging on the skin and creating any irritation.
And even if you are using your ring finger, use gentle motions when applying any skincare product around your eyes.
Don’t forget to apply your eye cream or serum on the skin above the eye as well. Read your product’s label to check if it is formulated to be used this way.
Also, avoid using too much eye cream since it can get inside the eyes, which can irritate them and cause swelling.
5. Remove eye makeup gently.
Being gentle with the area surrounding your eyes also means following the right techniques for removing eye makeup.
If you are constantly tugging at your eye area when removing your makeup, the additional pressure can contribute to the extra fine lines.
If you want to remove your eye makeup gently yet thoroughly, follow these steps:
- Always use an alcohol-free makeup remover.
- Put enough makeup remover on a cotton pad and hold it over each closed eye for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Drag the pad gently in the direction of your lashes. However, avoid tugging or applying excessive pressure as you do this.
- Use a Q-tip with coconut oil to remove eyeliner and mascara bits.
- Always wipe along the lashline gently when removing heavy liners.
6. Get quality sleep
A simple yet healthy way to prevent more signs of aging is to follow a consistent sleep schedule.
When you sleep, the hormones and biorhythms in your body are released at various stages of your sleep cycle. When you sleep and wake up at different times throughout the week, your body will become confused as to when to release them.
This disrupts the biological process, which can cause inflammatory substances to enter the blood, the same ones that can damage the skin and lead to premature aging.
Your position while you sleep can also impact your skin. To keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay, lie down with your head slightly elevated.
Additionally, use satin or silk pillowcases since regular ones can leave marks on your face. When this happens consistently, they can lead to wrinkles.
Some simple tips can also help you take care of the skin around your eyes better. These include never rubbing, scratching, or scrubbing this area since tugging the skin makes you more susceptible to wrinkles down the line.
Also, opt for tweezing or threading your eyebrows since they are less harsh than waxing.
Lastly, wear sunglasses when the sun is out and bright and contact lenses or glasses if you have poor eyesight. These accessories will protect your eye, correct your vision, and help fend off age-related eye conditions.
Moreover, they help you avoid squinting, which is another way of getting fine lines and wrinkles.
If you want to look younger than your age, don’t forget to take care of the skin around your eyes. Follow these tips to stay attractive and have that youthful glow.
Nadeen Moubarak is a copywriter and content creator currently with Chalhoub group. She aims to unravel an extraordinary world of experiences for beauty lovers through compelling storytelling and engaging content creation. According to her, any shopping journey begins with an (I Want), hence, content is what makes or breaks the brand, and after all, creating a need sells.