Tips for Taking Care of Your Eyes
Tips from our Jeune Skin Care medical aestheticians:
With so much information today and so many products available, it is difficult to know where to start when caring for the eye area. This area has some special considerations, as it is comprised of many tiny muscles that are always in motion. The eye area also has the thinnest and most delicate skin of the face.
This month, we will cover prevention tips, effective ingredients and treatment options to keep your eyes looking youthful.
Dark circles and puffy eyes? Here's why.
- Lack of sleep. Lack of sleep can cause your skin to be pale and lead to inflammation. This accentuates the darkness under your eyes and excess fluid gives the appearance of puffiness.
- Eye strain. Needing an eye exam or staring at your television/computer screen can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can darken.
- Stress. Stress hormones (cortisol) can alter the salt balance in your body. When this balance is off, you can retain water and swell.
- Allergies. During allergy season, our bodies try to protect us by releasing histamines that trigger inflammation.
- Aging. With age, our skin thins out and blood vessels beneath the skin become more apparent, causing dark circles. Without the fat and collagen under the eye area, the swelling/puffiness is more pronounced.
- Diet. Avoid excess sodium. The recommended intake is 1,500-2,300 mg daily. The average American gets twice the daily amount each day.
How to Prevent Aging of the Eye Area
- Use sunblock. Use an SPF daily that is safe for the eye area.
- Wear sunglasses. In bright light, we squint, which is an involuntary movement. Any constant or sustained movement creates fine lines and wrinkles.
- Abstain from smoking. Smoke contains free radicals that damage and break down tissue.
- Consider your sleep position. Sleeping on your back is preferred. Other sleep positions can cause hours of pressure, which leads to unwanted wrinkles. Specially designed pillows are available to help with sleep posture.
- Know your habits. Don't rub your eyes. This is a habit many people have when they are tired.
- Be gentle when removing your makeup. Use eye makeup remover that is in a lotion or gel form. Avoid using premoistened makeup remover wipes which a promote a tugging or rubbing motion.
- Drink water. And drink plenty of it. The general rule is the 8x8 rule - 8 oz. of water 8 times a day. When your skin is hydrated, it greatly reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
What to Look for in an Eye Cream
- Antioxidants. Vitamin C or niacinamide can brighten the eye area while providing protection from future damage, such as sun, pollution, stress and lack of sleep.
- Retinoids. Provides accelerated cell turnover and is very effective for treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. These should only be used in the PM.
- Peptides. Helps increase elastin and collagen production, which creates firmer looking skin.
- Arnica, caffeine and vitamin K. Targets blood vessels to increase circulation and reduce swelling and dark circles.
- Hyaluronic acid. One of the most effective ways to treat dehydration. This magical ingredient allows the skin cells to bind to water, up to 1,000 times its own ability.
- Ceramides. Ceramides strengthen the skin and improve hydration.
- SPF. There are specific SPF products that are mineral based. They protect the eye area without causing irritation. Some are tinted, providing protection and correction.
Tips for Applying an Eye Cream
- Follow the directions provided by the product manufacturer.
- Products are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
- Use your ring finger to apply. Start by applying small dots of the product, beginning at the inner corner of the eye and working outward. Tap gently - do not drag or stretch the skin.
- Be sure to wait at least 2 minutes for the product to absorb before applying a concealer or other products.
Eye Treatments at Jeune Skin Care
Jeune Skin Care offers an array of eye creams that address everything from dark circles to fine lines. We also offer the Glytone Eye and Lip Peel, which is specially formulated to be safe for the eye area. This effective treatment improves tone and texture, and also decreases both dark spots and dark circles. This peel is available alone or as an add-on to other services. Learn more about our peels
Schedule a free consultation with one of our medical aestheticians to find out which eye products or services are right for you. Call (866) 447-9990 or request a consultation online.