The skin around your eyes is essentially the same as the skin on the rest of your body, yet it has some very distinct differences. Because of this uniqueness, this delicate area requires some extra TLC when it comes to daily care.
How Is The Skin Around Your Eyes Different?
The skin on this area of the body is not as thick as it is anywhere else, and it's stretched tight over the area under the eyes to accommodate the protective fat pads that cushion and protect the eyes from injury. This tissue is much more photosensitive and environmentally sensitive than skin in other areas. It's much less resistant to harsh chemicals, weather, and especially UV rays. The sun can cause it to thin and wrinkle quickly.
Blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients are much smaller; capillaries are so tiny that red blood cells can only fit through one at a time.
What Problems Show Up Around the Eyes?
This area shows signs of trouble before anywhere else, and it's more susceptible to overall issues in the body. If you're lacking sleep or dehydrated, it'll show up here first. Lifestyle choices and everyday stress can lead to wrinkles, redness, dryness, puffiness, and dark circles.
As we age, skin loses elasticity and the fat deposits under the eyes start to shrink, leaving you with the puffy "sunken eye" look. A breakdown of collagen leads to crows feet. Sometimes leaky capillaries result in dark circles. Swelling (puffy eyes) can be the result of things like stress, too much salt, fatigue, or sensitivities.
How To Care For the Skin Around the Eyes
If not shown some love, the delicate tissue around your eyes can easily be damaged. Follow these steps towards keeping your eyes the beautiful focus of attention they deserve to be:
- Keep rubbing to a minimum. Rubbing can lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, or can make existing signs of aging worse. Be gentle as you're cleansing and applying your serum and moisturizer.
- Use sun protection all year. Your eye area is extra susceptible to sun damage all year, so wear your sunglasses whenever you're outside. Zinc oxide sunscreens generally don't irritate the eyes.
- Watch the products you use. Your eyes will be the first to react if your skin doesn't like a specific product such as a cream, eyeshadow, or concealer. Check out your ingredients before purchasing a product, and note any pain, redness, irritation, itchiness, or other symptoms. Avoid harsh phthalates and parabens.
- Look for products specially designed for eyes. They should contain effective ingredients like retinol, vitamins B, C, and K, Hyaluronic acid, polypeptides, caffeine, ceramides, and moisturizers. Products utilizing probiotics have the ability to ease inflammation of tired, puffy eyes, and provide anti-aging benefits. Stay away from products that contain oil, since it can clog the glands around the eyes.
- Always remove all makeup before bed.
- Get a good night sleep.
- Use a good moisturizer cream.
- Watch what you eat, limiting your salt intake. Eat more celery, collard greens, asparagus, and bananas, which can help to combat under-eye circles. Get plenty of antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and puffiness,and support supple, healthy skin. Try adding sliced orange, cucumber, lemons, or lime to your water.
- Take plenty of probiotics to support a balanced gut microbiome, which helps to support the absorption of B vitamins, essential to beautiful, healthy skin. Feeling inspired? Eat foods loaded with probiotics like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
- Stay well-hydrated, sipping room-temperature water throughout the day.