It’s no surprise that when it comes to caring for our skin, we always aim for the area around the eyes. Not only is the eye area skin 10x thinner than the rest of the face, it’s also the most sensitive and requires constant care. Consequently, it is often the first to be affected by factors like age and the environment. Below you’ll find common issues followed by tips to help you better care for your eye area skin.
Bumps Under the Eyes
Texture under the eyes caused by small white bumps is a common issue that can occur at any age. Formally known as under-eye milia, these small white bumps are a result of keratin building up and getting trapped under the skin. Fortunately, they can disappear on their own without treatment and are not generally a cause for concern.
Tip: Try a light exfoliation on the affected area once a week after showering to remove dead skin cells accumulating on the milia.
Puffiness under the eyes, or eye bags, can occur for a variety of reasons. Genetics, habits, diet, and allergies can all contribute to this mild swelling. For instance, if you just woke up or had a particularly salty meal, you might have puffiness caused by liquid retention. However, the most common cause is due to our natural aging process. When the area around the eye loses firmness, muscles and tissues weaken and the fat supporting your eyes shifts to your lower eyelids, causing eye bags.
Tip: Use a cold compress, a moistened towel, or even a couple of cucumber slices on your eyes for 10 minutes to help ease the swelling. Also, manage your salt intake and get plenty of sleep.
One of the most frequent causes of dark circles is lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation causes blood vessels to dilate. This increases their blood flow, making them more noticeable on your already thin under-eyes.
Something similar also happens as we get older; when we age, skin naturally becomes thinner and paler, which causes blood vessels under the eyes to become more visible.
Other causes can include oversleeping, an inadequate diet, dehydration, and genetics
Tip: Always get at least eight hours of restorative sleep every day and drink plenty of water.
The muscles around our eyes, which help us express emotions and protect our eyes from dangers, are constantly in motion. These movements slowly contribute to the appearance of creases near the outer corners of our eyes, also known as “crow’s feet.” These wrinkles will also gradually come with age; because the skin slows down the production of collagen and elastin, skin becomes looser and thinner, and less elastic, leaving the eye area even more susceptible to this seemingly permanent creasing. There are ways, however, to help delay their appearance.
Tip: To help delay the appearance of crow’s feet, apply a Nourishing Cream that contains ingredients like vitamin A every night and a Hydrating Cream that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid every morning along with your favorite sunscreen.