I have a very serious matter to discuss. Seriously. The problem is, that many of us do not realize the importance of the under eye skin care. Meanwhile, the unfortunate ‘beginning of the end’ starts around 25 years of age. This is when collagen fibres in the skin begin to weaken and eventually decline. What does it mean for us? We are simply ageing. The most visible signs of ageing appear around our eyes. Therefore, proper care of such extra thin and sensitive parts (the skin there is about 0,5 mm thin!) is an ab-so-lu-te MUST. The sooner you start taking care of it, the better. What should a proper care look like? Keep on reading and I will explain everything once and for all.
1. Moisturising – four times thinner skin around the eyes lacks sebaceous glands – so the natural hydro-lipid layer is missing as well. What does it mean for us? This part of the face is not able to moisturise itself. It is completely defenceless. Therefore, we must constantly aid it because day after day and month after month, a full range of external factors (dry air, solar radiation, cigarette smoke, toxins and air pollution) can dramatically dry it out. This leads to a premature appearance of wrinkles, while the skin becomes dry and flabby. It is best to hydrate it from within – by drinking a lot of water on a daily basis. When it comes to external treatments, you should definitely use a rich and moisturising cream.
2. Make-up removal – the true under eye care starts with proper make-up removal. Always make sure that the product you use specifically for this purpose is gentle and natural. Also, it should contain many nourishing substances and exclude the synthetic ones. It would be best if you could find a remover with regenerating and soothing plant extracts. For under eye skin, the most recommended are: cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), eyebright and natural oils, which you can use not only to oil the hair, but also to remove the make-up. The way you remove the make-up is also crucial. Forget about strong and harsh skin rubbing! If your mascara won’t come off easily, soak the cotton pad in a remover and gently press against your eyelid. Hold it still for a couple of minutes, this way the cosmetics will have enough time to dissolve.
3. Lifestyle – pulling off an all-nighter before an exam while drinking excessive amounts of coffee, an insufficient amount of sleep, stress, inappropriate diet, hours spent in from of the computer, lack of rest during the day – all these factors have an extremely negative influence on your skin. Under eye area becomes flabby, dull and loses elasticity. What are under eye puffiness and dark circles? They’re nothing else but the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.
4. Under eye cream – should be used as early as possible. In order to take a good care of the under eye area, you should use moisturisers even before you see the first signs of ageing. You might as well use natural oils (Argan, or Shea Butter). The foundation of every skin care (apart from moisturising) are the following vitamins: A, C and E. Bear in mind to look for them in every cream.
Moreover, a good under eye cream should contain sunscreen. Other, strongly rejuvenating ingredients worth mentioning are: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, eyebright and chamomile extract. Ceramides present in the cream will nourish and facilitate penetrating the skin by other ingredients. Green Tea and liquorice extract will be the best to remove dark under eye circles. Demanding skin of poor condition, dry, tired and dull will be happy to ‘welcome’ algae and caviar extracts. One of the strongest rejuvenating elements is coenzyme Q 10. Those of you who wish to brighten up the under eye skin, I recommend going for retinol, vitamin C and K based creams. The way of application also matters. You better bad it in gently with your fingertips rather than spread.
5. Face oils are the true rejuvenating vitamin bomb. They are perfect to apply under the cream and work a lot better than a serum. Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil and Shea Butter are best known for their rejuvenating properties.
6. A compress – homemade herbal compresses (putting on cotton pads soaking in herbal infusions) have always been and always will be the best and most natural ideas. Eyebright, liquorice, chamomile, aloe vera extract are your go-to products when it comes to under eye skin care. To brighten up dull skin, the best will be slices of frech cucumber. If you let them cool down in the fridge, they will also reduce swelling.
Remember: it is said that eyes are the reflection of the soul, however, the skin around the eyes gives away the age. Therefore, you better devote some time to a proper care. This way, you will be able to…stop the time!
I really hope that my pieces od advice put into action will help you become the true time inhibitors;)
If you know any great and homemade ways to take care of the under eye skin – please, share them with the rest of us in the comment section below. Talk to you soon!:)