In my previous post we talked about hooded eyes and how changing their appearance is really up to how you view them.
It's important to note that aging is normal.
We use the term 'anti-aging' because it's a widely understood word, not because we can actually turn back the hands of time.
There are ways, however, to prevent premature aging and improve the over all appearance of your eye area.
Before we dive in too deeply, did you know that 80% of skin damage is sun damage?
So be sure to include SPF safely around your eyes to prevent signs of premature aging, such as wrinkles, crepey under eyes, and hyperpigmentation.
As we age, we lose collagen and our elastin fibers weaken, so taking simple measures to protect your skin, like wearing sunscreen, can preserve the integrity of our eye area in terms of longevity.
I recommend using a water-based sunscreen on your eyelids, and staying above your fold, to decease the risk of irritation and protect your eyelid skin from damage.
Second to our concern about eye area is usually the neck area. That makes sense because it's a rather delicate area that can become more sensitive with hormonal fluctuations and other age-related changes.
For this reason, I've written a blog post here that's completely dedicated to your neck area.
While you can improve your neck area with exercises, as demonstrated in my recent TikTok videos, the eye area is arguably the most delicate thin tissue on your body that needs a little extra TLC.
Many of my clients have asked me if they can use the same moisturizer they use on their face on their eyes and neck. While the short answer is yes, most answers are based on your individual needs.
In example, we created our Whipped Olive Oil Face Butter to serve your eyes, face and neck. One of the reasons it works for all areas of your face is because the first ingredient is Organic Aloe, which is a healing anti-inflammatory humectant that may help reduce puffiness and swelling. After that, we include our Olive oil and Olive butter to help lock in moisture. This is particularly great for dry, mature, crepey skin, too.
If you want something more pointed you may choose a different eye cream to assist you with more specifics.
In example, if darkness is your main concern, we recommend our Eye Dream of Coffee eye butter because the first ingredient is coffee (caffeine) that helps constrict blood vessels to help with dark eyes and puffiness.
If you're in need of a restorative eye cream to help you rejuvenate dry, dehydrated, crepey skin while you sleep you may consider layering our Restorative PM Eye Cream with our Advanced Retinol Night Creme.
Bottom line is that ingredients matter when it comes to targeting your skin's needs.
While it's true that our skin cells don't only regenerate at night, while we're sleeping it's an ideal time for the body/skin to restore itself.
In addition, getting proper sleep is highly important to the healthy appearance of our eye area.
While some folks may need to ease into using Retinol at night around their eyes, most people can benefit from at least layering with Retinol. The key is to stick to using your eye products around the orbital bone area because when product heats up with your skin it spreads.
Remember, OTC Retinol is different from prescriptions, such as Tretinoin, that are often too drying or irritating to use around your eye area, especially without layering them with a super hydrating moisturizer first.
What makes our Retinol different is that it's formulated with other nourishing ingredients, like Shea Butter, that are ideal for women over 40 that experience dry, crepey, dull skin.
Eye irritation usually comes from product seeping into your eyes, not from the ingredients themselves. This doesn't mean you can't be allergic to a product or its ingredients, but it's something to consider if you find your eyes watering up or burning after your eye area application, similarly to when you use sunscreen and it accidentally gets into your eyes.
For best results around your eyes area, keep it simple.
To know what works and what doesn't, introduce one new product at a time.
If you have sensitive eyes, consider using our Soothing Eye Balm to help restore and soothe your delicate dry skin.
If you feel like you've tried everything and nothing is helping, perhaps it's time to include a more intensive eye treatment, such as our Eye Dream of Sleep overnight eye mask to help replenish dry crepey skin and increase your collagen production.
Make sure you're hydrating and protecting your eye area during the day and using a pointed nighttime routine to help you restore your eye area by replenishing it with nutritious ingredients you may be lacking.
The secret about collagen stimulation is that it's not one player, such as Retinol, that wins the game.
We always talk about ingredients like peptides, acids and Retinoids because of the research supporting their efficacy. However, balanced, hydrated skin is also important for the production of collagen and certain ingredients, such as Hyaluronic Acid, aloe and Vitamin C are needed to help support the star player(s)
The more you know the more you glow!