The Top Habits To Break If You Care About The Skin Around Your Eyes
Concerned that the skin around your eyes is aging you up way faster than the rest of your face? Then it might be time to reassess some of your beauty habits...
Aging skin is a fact of life. Like the rising sun and the changing tides, it just happens. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit back and let it take its toll without a little fight, right? Sure, fine lines are a sign you’ve lived a great life. And the odd wrinkle here and there? No biggie. But if there are ways to maintain youthful-looking skin for as long as possible, then why wouldn’t you?
This is never more important than when it comes to the skin around your eyes. Super fragile and way thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, your eye area is one of the first places to show the signs of visible aging. At around age 20, lines start to form due to collagen and elastin degradation. You may also start to notice dark circles or puffiness thanks to tissues around your eyes becoming weak and saggy, thus allowing fat to shift south and excess fluids to congregate under your eyes.
Of course, intrinsic aging (the genetic type of aging that’s totally out of your control) can’t be helped, but what about all the other stuff that contributes to how your skin ages? These you can do something about. So, let’s have a look at the top five beauty habits that could be aging up your eyes way before their time…
Your facial expressions play a major part in where lines and wrinkles form on your face because repeated muscle movement compresses skin cells and causes weakness in your skin. When you’re young, no problem, your skin just bounces back, but as you age and your skin naturally loses volume, elasticity and suppleness, fine lines, then deep-set wrinkles will inevitably take up residence –especially around your eyes.
This means squinting is a big no-no if you want to avoid crow’s feet for as long as possible. Wear sunglasses whenever you go outside in the daytime (any excuse for a new pair of shades, we say) and if you find yourself squinting when you drive, watch TV or are working at a computer, it might be time for a vision test. Just saying.
2. Not Applying Eye Cream
Like toner, eye creams are constantly up for debate. Do they really work or are they just marketing hype to get you to spend more money on skincare you don’t actually need? Well, obviously we’re a little biased, but ask any dermatologist and they will agree, eye treatments are an essential part of an effective skincare routine. Here’s the thing, not only is the skin around your eyes thin, fragile and susceptible to damage, but it also contains less sebaceous glands than the rest of your face which makes it more prone to dryness. This means it needs more moisturization and benefits from other targeted ingredients to tackle concerns like dark circles and bags – stuff that isn’t an issue for the skin on the rest of your face.
So, if you’ve been dismissive of eye treatments for years, now's the time to get on board. And we have two awesome options for you – all wrapped up in fancy new packaging, but with the same super effective formulations we know you’ll love.
First up, there’s our moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream which contains everything the skin around your eyes could ever ask for. Think peptides, vitamin C, glycolic acid and thirst-quenching hyaluronic acid which work together to protect, hydrate and refresh your skin, while helping improve the look of dark circles, lines and puffiness.
Next, there’s our fabulous Peptide Eye Gel, a lightweight treatment that contains a whole host of powerful actives to instantly cool and refresh tired eyes, whilst also helping combat the other signs of visible aging around this delicate area.
Ignore the haters, eye creams rock. Debate over.
3. Applying Your Eye Cream In All The Wrong Ways
While we’re on the subject of eye creams, even the most effective treatment will be wasted if you don’t apply it properly. And by this, we mean with great care. None of your rubbing or full-on massage, thanks very much.
Here’s how to nail it. First, cleanse, tone and apply your facial serum, then comes your eye cream or gel (yes, always before moisturizer). Using clean hands, apply a tiny, pea-sized amount of product all around your eyes, using your ring fingers to ensure you don’t apply too much pressure. Either pat it into your skin, or smooth it gently around your eyes, but never pull on the skin as this will drag and damage it.
4. Constantly Rubbing Your Eyes
The odd eye rub is fine, but if you find yourself continually man-handling the skin around your eyes, you’re asking for trouble. For a start, touching your eyes with unclean hands transfers dirt and bacteria, causing irritation and redness. Which is not cool. Aggressively rubbing your eyes also does a real number on your collagen supplies, thinning your skin and wearing it down over time. Also uncool.
To help reduce the damage caused by rubbing and scratching your eye area, avoid using your whole hand. Instead, gently target irritation using the pads of your ring fingers only. Also, if your eyes are constantly itching, try to get to the bottom of why it’s happening. Chances are it’s being caused by some kind of allergy or airborne irritant which can be treated with eye drops or antihistamines. Bottom line, however, is itchy eyes can be due to any number of reasons so talk to your doctor if symptoms persist.
5. Sleeping Poorly
You all know that lack of zzzs is a recipe for skin disaster, but what about the way in which you sleep? Sleeping on one side, for example, creases the same areas of your face, increasing your chances of developing fine lines in those areas. Also, sleeping on your back is terrible for the skin around your eyes – and in fact all over your face – as, again, smushing your face into your pillow causes creasing and, over time, accelerates the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Your best bet is to sleep on your back, with your head slightly raised. This not only avoids face-to-pillow contact, but it also stops excess fluids from pooling underneath your eyes.
So, you see, time isn't the only thing to blame for aging skin around your eyes. You have to take the hit, also.
About Georgia Gould
Georgia is an award-winning beauty writer who has been in the business for over 20 years. British-born, she began her career as a magazine beauty editor in London before moving to San Francisco, CA in 2012 where she now continues her love as a freelance writer and editor. As well as her editorial work, Georgia has created content for many high-profile beauty brands, including Clarins, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Simple and TRESemmé. Her passions include retinol (obviously), golfing, skiing and walking her beloved Schnauzer, Dave.