Because the skin around the eye is so delicate, it is more likely to show signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. But the orbital area is also prone to dark circles, puffiness, and a general appearance of tiredness. Regardless of age or past beauty regimen, it’s never too early or too late to give the delicate skin around the eyes the attention it needs.
WHY USE A SEPARATE EYE PRODUCT?
It is important to use a specifically formulated eye product around the eye area because the skin around the eye area is a lot more sensitive and much thinner compared to the skin around the rest of the face.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY AN EYE PRODUCT?
The best way to apply an eye product is to perform a lymphatic drainage massage on yourself around the eye area. There are two lymph nodes on the face – one in front and the other behind our ears. Using the ring finger (because it’s the finger with the lightest touch), apply a small amount of product using tap-tap-tap techniques underneath the eye area where the puffiness is as well as above the brow area, followed by light drainage movements towards the lymph node. Repeat several times.
WHAT CAUSES DARK CIRCLES AND PUFFINESS?
Dark circles and puffiness around the eye area can be a result of a poor lifestyle, lack of sleep, and stress. But going a little deeper into what causes the appearance of dark circles could be several factors. Both genetics or an iron or vitamin and mineral deficiency can contribute to the appearance of dark circles. Puffiness on the other hand is caused by poor sluggish circulation and a build-up of fluid retention due to poor lymphatic drainage in the facial region.
WHICH ACTIVE INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR IN AN EYE PRODUCT?
- Hyaluronic acid: Aids in plumping and hydrating the skin in the eye area.
- Peptides: Focus on stimulating collagen and elastin production in the dermis, which builds the health and strength of the skin.
- Bakuchiol: Stimulates the same gene expressions as retinol, boosts collagen, regulates extracellular matrix and dermal-epidermal junction, and improves wrinkles, firmness, and elasticity.
- Antioxidants: Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B3 (niacinamide) are great for general concerns about the sink around the eyes. These powerful ingredients help remove free radicals in the skin that are triggered by UV radiation, smoking, and pollutants. Moreover, they may also help put a brake on the ageing process.