After you read this you'll be able to confidently care for your eye area.
While the thin tissue under your eye area is delicate, it doesn't have to be complicated to treat.
Today's post is going to be about simplifying your beauty routine in order to amplify your eye area results.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by all of the skincare information (and misinformation) out there.
I mean, how do you know if an eye cream that's marketed to you is for dark circles, puffiness or eye bags is really going to work?
How about exfoliating around the eye area? What can you safely use and how often should you do it?
Let's start with the most common eye area issues you start to experience with age, especially after 40.
If you experience milia, dryness, a rough texture or flakiness around your eye area, then exfoliation is essential, but too much exfoliation can be irritating.
To avoid irritation, make sure to use a gentle exfoliant. If you have super sensitive skin, using a cloth with your evening cleanse may be enough.
Most of us, especially after 40, need a little more help to avoid the build up and milia that may come from using too much product. It's important to note that milia can be hereditary like anything else, too. But to reduce your time with self-induced build up and to help smooth out your under eye area, let's talk about exfoliation.
When you properly exfoliate you slough off the dead skin cells, so acids are your best friends when it comes to helping you achieve this. However, acids shouldn't be confused with Retinol, which helps speed up your cell rate turnover. They're actually a perfect compliment to one another, and when used the right way (not necessarily on the same night) you can find harmony in experiencing renewed skin at a more rapid rate.
Always be sure to rehydrate your eye area after you exfoliate the area because it's important to help push moisture back into your skin. You can find this best through using a combination of humectants and oils/butters, such as in our Whipped Olive Oil Face Butter and Restorative PM Night Cream.
When exfoliating your under eye area, we recommend using our Brighten and Reveal Exfoliating Pads. What makes our formulation different is the gentle combination of acids we use making them ideal for dry, sensitive skin. Best of all, you can take the guesswork out of exfoliation by simply incorporating these easy-to-use peel pads into your nighttime routine 2-3 times a week.
Here's an example of a simple AM/PM eye area routine using our JQ beauty:
PM: Gentle Cleanser, Brighten and Reveal Exfoliating Pads (2 times a week around orbital bone area), Restorative PM Eye Cream, Advanced Retinol Night Cream (optional to layer with over your PM eye cream at night)
In addition, if you experience under eye puffiness and darkness caffeine is going to be your best friend because it helps constrict blood vessels. You can learn more about the benefits of caffeine and our Eye Dream of Coffee here if you're struggling in this department.
If caffeine doesn't work for you, consider using our Whipped Olive Face Butter (designed for the eyes-face-neck) because its first ingredient is Organic Aloe, which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that may help you with under eye puffiness. As a bonus, its gentle formula is ideal to restore your mature, dry, and/or crepey skin for a more youthful, hydrated appearance.
It's important to know that if you have structural issues, such as saggy eye bags (different from puffiness, although you can have both) or genetically dark eyes, then one ingredient or product will likely not solve your issues. If this is the case, you'll want to explore other avenues such as using the right makeup to provide proper coverage and/or talk to your doctor about other options, such as lasers or surgery.
And what about your eyelids?
With age, it's normal for the skin to lose its elasticity and collagen, which may lead to loose skin above your eyes, too (aka hooded eyes). But you have to be extra careful when applying product on your eyelids so that it doesn't get into your eyes and irritate them. Read more here on how to specifically care for hooded eyes.
Last but not least, if your eyes need a little extra love, look for eye products with peptides and collagen, like our Eye Dream of Sleep eye mask, that you can wear over your eye cream at night for additional anti-aging benefits to help revitalize and strengthen the integrity of your skin for firmer looking eyes and less visible wrinkles.
Remember, the more you know the more you glow!