Your eyes are most definitely the window to your soul. You've heard it a million times. People can really tell a lot about you from just looking into your eyes. That statement really seems to hold true when it comes to judging your willingness to tell the truth, your sincerity, and the depth of your heart if you follow the romantics.
There have even been scientific studies that show personalities are linked to the irises of a subject's eyes, and that your eye color may even indicate your pain tolerance.
That's all on a deep and personal level. But the skin around your eyes can tell a story all its own, too, indicating how much sleep you've received, how stressed you are, and whether you've done a good job protecting yourself from the sun. Your eyes really do reveal so much about you.
The Skin Around Your Eyes
This skin is very thin, and will continue to become thinner as you age. Here, the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients are much smaller than elsewhere. Often, capillaries are so tiny that red blood cells can only fit through one at a time.
The Trouble With Eyes
As the skin loses elasticity and the fat deposits under the eyes start to shrink, you're left with the puffy "sunken eye look." This skin is more prone to fine lines or wrinkles (crow's feet) because of its delicateness and its response to repetitive, everyday muscle movements like squinting and smiling.
Sometimes leaky capillaries result in dark circles. Puffy eyes is the result of swelling, which can be triggered from things like stress, too much salt, fatigue, or sensitivities.
Under eye bags and dark circles, while often associated with aging, can also be symptoms of too much stress and not enough sleep. You may want to look into ways to destress, and figure out how you can get a better night's sleep!
This area definitely shows signs of trouble before anywhere else, and it's especially more susceptible to overall issues in the body. For that reason, doctors look to the eyes to ascertain a wealth of information about your whole body health.
A few diseases that are commonly first noticed on an eye exam are:
High cholesterol and triglycerides
High blood pressure
Caring For the Skin Around Your Eyes
Caring for the skin around your eyes isn't drastically different than the rest of your skin. It just requires a little more gentle TLC, that's all. Follow these steps:
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and limit your salt intake. Celery, collard greens, asparagus, and bananas help to combat under-eye circles. Antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables help to reduce inflammation and puffiness, supporting supple, healthy skin. Foods rich in probiotics work to support the gut's microflora, which in turn supports the absorption of B vitamins, which are essential to beautiful, healthy skin.
- Stay properly hydrated by sipping on water regularly throughout the day.
- Use sun protection all year. That goes for wintertime and rainy days, too. You eyes are susceptible to sun damage, even when the temperatures are cool, so wear protective sunglass whenever you're outside, and apply zinc oxide sunscreens every day, which usually don't irritate the eyes.
- Watch products that you use around your face, since your eyes will be the first to react if your skin doesn't like a specific product like a cream, eyeshadow, or concealer. Read your ingredients before purchasing a product, and test it on a small area, noting any pain, redness, irritation, itchiness, or other symptoms. Always avoid harsh phthalates and parabens.
- There are a world of products designed specifically for the eyes for a reason. Look for ones that contain ingredients like retinol, vitamins B, C, and K, Hyaluronic acid, polypeptides, caffeine, ceramides, and moisturizers. Topical probiotics have the ability to ease inflammation of tired, puffy eyes, and provide anti-aging benefits.
- Regardless of what products you use, you should always remove all makeup thoroughly before going to bed, being especially careful to remove all eye makeup.
- Get a good night's sleep, every night. Nothing wrecks havoc on your body, inside and out, like not getting enough time to rest, recover, and rejuvenate.
Because your eyes are enclosed by some of the thinnest skin on your body, giving that area a little extra TLC can go far towards preventing and correcting any signs of trouble, holding back the symptoms of tiredness and signs of aging like crow's feet. Glowbiotics line of eye care products carry a potent punch of beneficial ingredients, while being gentle enough for this sensitive area.