Hello SOTGC community,
Why is it that some days my eyes are bright and full of life while other days they are puffy, dark and downright droopy? Oh!… There’s science behind this phenomenon you say? And most importantly, can I prevent or reduce the unfavorable results I see reflected in my mirror well lit by natural daylight bulbs? The word is, “there areproven results we can”. Well, that’s just great news, don’t you agree? No need to hide those eyes, let’s learn how to pep up those peepers just in time for New Year’s Eve!
The delicate skin covering our ocular orbital bones is ten times thinner and thus more vulnerable than that of the rest of our face and shows signs of aging more quickly than other areas of our pretty mugs. This area is also more susceptive to allergic reactions than other facial skin and gets a much greater workout; every time we move our eyes with expression, those little muscles are getting a serious physical workout. As we age, the epidermis layer around our eyes looses important moisture and elasticity forming small wrinkles, somewhat un-affectionately referred to as “crow’s feet”. Additionally, environmental stressors like smoking and sun exposure accelerate this decline.
Eye area puffiness is most commonly caused by fluid build up, however, allergies and sinus problems can produce a puff. Unlike skin on the rest of your face, the eye area does not contain oil glands to help keep this skin moist and prevent a crepe paper-like result. Regular facial moisturizers may help the skin around the eyes feel softer but will actually increase eye area puffiness because they are formulated to act as a humectant and improve water retention in the areas of skin with oil glands. It shouldn’t be our goal to increase fluid buildup around the eyes. For these reasons experts recommend using a separate eye cream. We can help deflate the puff and improve moisture levels by applying a cream or gel with specifically formulated to sooth irritation and moisturize oil gland free skin. (Please find the humor in this fashion example of “deflating the puff“!)
And what’s the deal with these difficult to brighten dark cirlces? A thinner epidermis allows underlying veins to become more prominent and are often the cause of dark circles while excess melanin, poor or not enough sleep, overexposure to the sun and increased age can all cause dark circles. Easy remedies are taking precautions to help get a solid night’s sleep to rejuvenate the body, wearing protective eye gear to prevent damaging sun exposure, and using eye revitalizers or creams with vitamin K, cucumber extract and oat kernel extract to help increase circulation and decrease dark circles. Also, applicators with a Zamac applicator tip are designed to helpstimulate microcirculation and provide a fresh, cooling effect as it gently massages the eye area to help reduce puffiness. (ZAMAC is a combination of Zinc, Aluminum, Magnesium and Copper and is a metal is used in a tool called Enswell, sometimes called an Eye Iron, End-swell, Endswell, Stop-swell or No-swell used in the sport of Boxing. It is a small smooth piece of thick metal kept in the ice bucket ring side and used to cool the area of a bruise or a cut by applying direct pressure to decrease the blood flow to the area by causing capillaries to constrict and reduce swelling.)
Knowing the causes and preventative steps to keeping our eyes, the most expressive part of our face, filled with life, where do we start shopping? As eye creams continue to be the most in-demand product in the anti aging skin care industry, cosmetic counters, shelves and commercials are teeming with moisturizers, creams, gels and serums all promising “amazing” results to treat our eye area ailments. Don’t let this confuse or overwhelm. We’re savvy consumers and while we can’t believe everything we read on the “inter-tubes” we can speak with professionals, understand basic effective ingredients and even find eye creams that treat all of the above symptoms in one single product with dermatologist tested and proven results. Remember, the highest price tag is rarely an indicator of the best products with the most effective ingredients. It’s often an indicator of higher marketing, packaging or overhead costs. Great ingredients are slightly more costly than “glorified moisturizers in tiny tubes” – Discovery Health, but are worth the results. You don’t have to break the bank to have bright eyes and beautiful skin.
Credit: Beauty Squared Blog
And as soon as you find that just right eye cream for your heavenly gazers, apply gently morning and night by stippling (patting) in small circles from the outer edge of your eye, to your nose, up & across your brow bone and out toward your temples using your weakest finger – usually your third or pinky fingers. A little tip from my personal experience, I get the best results when I use more cream at night all over my eye area that soaks deep into the skin overnight and really moisturizes this skin somewhat like a mask while I sleep. In the mornings, I use a smaller amount (a little goes a long way)just under my eyes and out to my temples so my eyelids aren’t so moisturized that my eye shadow slides into the crease of my eye and is barely visible by noon. (I also use an eye primer to prevent this makeup mishap.)
Don’t forget to join me here next time when we’ll discover how to conceal dark circles and highlight our eyes to keep them bright when late nights and allergies just get the best of us the next morning. Makeup is a temporary “fix” to help this issues but eye creams provide effective long term solutions.
Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed,
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