The area around our eyes is ten times thinner than anywhere else on our face. As a result, this delicate skin usually shows the very first sign of wrinkles. My clients frequently ask what initial steps they can take toward antiaging. Our first antiaging method should always be SPF, but after that, a light, moisturizing eye cream is the best preventative next step. It is imperative to take proper care early on, as young as your early twenties, as sun and environmental factors impact thinning skin and collagen loss in this area as we age.
With age comes the need for topical creams to have more active ingredients for better results. This is a great example of when paying attention to ingredient lists really matters. Seek eye creams containing key antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Another power ingredient, bisabolol, constricts capillaries and reduces swelling—helping tired eyes look alive.
When it comes to our eyes and the products we choose, it’s imperative to handle with care! Oils and heavy creams are a no-no, as they will only result in clogged glands around your eyes. Any general tugging (think: applying eyeliner or putting in contacts) of the area under your eyes adds to the damage. The area under your eyes is much like a rubber band—the more it’s pulled, the more elasticity is lost. The key is treating the area well, and in return you’ll have bright, beautiful eyes.
- Be gentle. Always apply eye cream with your ring finger.—it ensures the gentlest application. Pat lightly from the outer corner of the eye toward the nose.
- Keep refrigerated. Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator and apply it cold in order to help with puffiness in the morning.
- Use sunscreen. Always apply SPF under the eye area and wear sunglasses that have UVA and UVB protection.