Everything influences our skin’s condition: not sleeping enough at night, being tired, an argument with the boss, the cigarettes we smoke, etc. The area around the eyes is especially sensitive to these stressors. It loses elasticity very quickly. And it’s one of the most active areas in terms of movement: we blink, make faces and squint all the time.
Bright Side has collected the main rules that should be taken into account in order to make skin care as efficient as possible.
1. Preventative action
The rule “better prevent than correct” works for skin care too. You should know that the later you start taking care of your skin, the more time it will take to see the effects, and if you start doing it when you’re middle-aged, there’s a chance that you will need a cosmetologist.
The best age to start taking care of the skin around the eyes is 20 years old. This is the time when girls use a lot of cosmetics and the load on this area increases.
2. Regular care is essential.
Taking care of your skin from time to time is pointless. There is no product that can show results right away. That’s why the care should be constant over time. The least you can do it use a cream on the area every morning and every evening.
3. Don’t use just one product.
If you are bothered by a certain problem like circles under the eyes or pigment spots, for example, you can buy a product that deals only with one problem. There is no way that one product can solve multiple problems. So, it’s important not to use moisturizing cream in order to get rid of dark circles. If you want to take good care of the area around your eyes, choose the necessary product.
4. Buy glasses or contact lenses.
When squinting because of the sunlight or when trying to see something if you have bad vision, you load your eyes and the area around them even more. This is a great way to get wrinkles. So, don’t forget about wearing sunglasses in summer and using contact lenses or glasses if you don’t see things well.
5. UV light is bad for the skin.
If you don’t use sunscreen, you might end up having dark circles under the eyes. So, use sunglasses and sunscreen whenever you can.
6. Pay attention to the composition of the product.
We rarely think about what we put on our skin. And any cosmetic product is a challenge for it, so the safer the ingredients, the less serious consequences you will have in the future.
Here is a piece of advice: when choosing a cosmetic product, don’t forget to read what it’s made of. And if at least one component seems suspicious to you, it’s better to look for something else or consult an expert.
7. It’s important to apply cream correctly.
When applying a cream, you should follow some simple rules:
- Before using a cream, clear your skin even if there are no cosmetics on it at all. Pay special attention to the area around the eyes, and don’t rub it with a sponge. Only after that, you can use a cream.
- Put the cream on carefully, following the massage lines, without pushing the skin — it harms the skin that is losing elasticity anyway.
- When using a cream, you should avoid the area of the upper eyelids. Also, don’t put any products near the eyelashes — you might accidentally get some of it in your eyes. The only exception is products that say that they are safe for the eyes.
8. Moisturizing masks are better than scrubs and peels.
It’s better not to use scrubs and peels in this area. These methods are great for clearing skin, but the skin around the eyes is really thin and quickly loses elasticity. So if you want to scrub this area, see an experienced specialist.
9. Don’t use too much cream.
In this case, it’s not a good idea to use a lot of cream. When there is too much cream, it might get inside the eyes and cause swelling. So don’t forget — the amount of cream you can put on this area is as big as a grain of rice.
10. Drink water, set a schedule, and get rest.
Water influences a lot of things in the body and the skin is no exception. So, drinking enough water is just as important as sleeping enough and having enough rest. Giving up bad habits is also something you should do in order to stay young looking.
11. Don’t forget about tonics.
Tonics are great for moisturizing the skin. It’s better to put it on the skin for 5-7 minutes.
If you don’t have any tonic, you can replace it with ice. Put it on the skin every morning and every evening.
12. Cosmetic oils can’t harm.
It’s okay to use special cosmetic oils — most of them get absorbed by the skin really fast and are good for massaging the area around the eyes. Such one procedure prevents the deformation and stretching of the skin.
13. Say “no” to soap-based cleansing products.
But if you still have to use soap, don’t forget to use a moisturizing cream or grapeseed oil after.
14. It’s important to know and consider your skin type.
Cosmetic products are divided into groups for a reason: there are products for each skin type. The best case scenario if you choose a product that doesn’t match your skin type is that it just won’t work. But it can do a lot of harm.
Don’t forget about how sensitive the area around the eyes is. Depending on the type of skin, it needs a special approach.
15. First wrinkles are not a big problem.
If you notice the first wrinkles, it only means that your skin needs more attention. Don’t rush to buy anti-aging creams. Wrinkles may appear because of being tired, dry air, or UV-light, and you can deal with these problems with other lighter products.
Bonus: what you should know about milia
Milia are small bumps that often appear on the skin and cheeks. They appear when keratin gets trapped under the surface of the skin. People often mistake them for acne or blackheads and try to remove them but this is a mistake. There is no safe way to remove milia at home without special tools and skills (experts use really thin needles to do this). So, if you want to get rid of such bumps, you should see a cosmetologist.
Have you learned anything new about how to take care of the area around the eyes? Maybe you have your own tips on caring for this area? Don’t forget to share them in the comment section below.