Monday morning is never going to be the most popular time of the week but even after we drag ourselves out of bed to get ready for work, a quick glance in the mirror and your eyes reveal the weekend’s secrets! The late nights, the cocktails, everything!
Unfortunately for us this is no surprise. The skin round your eyes is very delicate and sensitive. It’s thin and doesn’t produce its own natural oils. Your eyes are actually one of the most active and expressive parts of your face and this means that it’s one of the first areas to show signs of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.
It’s about time we showed our gentle peepers some TLC, after all they are the windows to our soul.
Many beauty products can be too harsh for the delicate eye area and could cause further damage. You need to find a product especially suited to the eye area that’s delicate enough but with active ingredients to stimulate and tackle the signs of aging.
Eye creams come in many shapes and variations so it can be a bit of a minefield trying to find one that suits you. Typically a day eye cream will be used to tackle the dark circles and puffiness that can be associated with lack of sleep and dehydration. A night eye cream will usually focus on the fine lines and wrinkles.
If using a day cream, try keeping it in the fridge. The coolness when you apply the cream will aid reducing the puffiness as well as help you wake up.
Vitamin C is great for tackling fine lines and wrinkles. Obagi Professional C Serum 5% is designed for the delicate eye area and helps increase collagen production to plump out those fine lines and wrinkles and as an added bonus, will also protect you against free radical damage, reduce discolouration and is packed with antioxidants.
Another great product from Obagi is Elastiderm. They offer both an eye cream and a gel. The Elastiderm Eye Treatment is designed to “put the snap back into your eyes”. By using a revolutionary bi-mineral complex called Copper Zinc Malonate, it works to help restore the elasticity around your eyes and reduce the appearance of visible fine lines and wrinkles.
Whichever cream you decide to use remember how you apply your chosen cream is just as important. Starting below the eye in the corner; gently dab your cream outwards until it is absorbed. By patting the cream in, you minimise the amount of pull on the skin around the eye.
Repeat for the upper eye and remember to be gentle.