The eye area is one of the first regions of the face to show the signs of ageing. The skin around the eyes is deprived of oil glands and is very delicate and that’s why the skin doesn’t have a protection against the environments influences and UV rays. Eye wrinkles / crow’s feet/ are a common and highly visible sign of aging. The lack of oil glands makes the skin around the eyes prone to dehydration and makes it easier for the wrinkles to form. Unfortunately many women forget to use special eye creams and the result isn’t pretty.
The hot sun during the summer and the bitter cold weather during the winter defeat skin moisture. The tiny lines around the eyes usually appear when we reach our late twenties. These lines gradually deepen over the years and become prominent, because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate in the entire body. The eyelid area is one of the most animated parts of the face with strong muscles creating multiple expressions. The most common cause of wrinkles around the eyes is the tiny muscles next to our eyes, contracting as we change our facial expressions, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop smiling. The loss of elasticity also causes the formation of wrinkles. As we get older our skin loses its elasticity and produce less collagen under the skin. All of this makes the skin sag and appear wrinkled.
The sun is also to blame. The sun damages the collagen fibres and causes the accumulation of abnormal elastin. The ultraviolet radiation (UV) causes wrinkles by breaking down the collagen and decreasing the skin’s elasticity and is associated with the formation of sun spots and other types of sun damage.
Smoking also helps the skin around the eyes to wrinkle easily, because it causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the layers of the skin. Smoking damages the elastin and collagen that help to keep the skin soft, tight and elastic. Smokers tend to have more wrinkles around the eyes than the non-smokers. Smoking also increases the wrinkles around the mouth because smokers squint more.
What you should do to prevent wrinkles around the eyes?
Don’t forget to cleanse the skin around the eyes in the morning with special eye lotions or cleansing milk.
Apply an eye cream with light pats but don’t stretch the skin. Apply them carefully starting at the outer corner of the eyes to the inner corners.
At night remove the makeup carefully. Apply cleansing milk and remove the mascara firstly and when you have removed the eye makeup completely, apply an eye cream again.
The skin around the eyes is very delicate and sensitive, and that’s why you should use special eye creams or gels that are specifically made for the delicate eye area. Most of them contain ingredients that are designed to relax the skin around the eyes, and contain vitamins, retinol and collagen.
Tips for treating wrinkles:
The eye cream should be applied before the face cream
Apply an eye mask twice a week
Place tea-bags over the eyes to calm irritated skin around the eyes
If your skin is sensitive use fragrance-free products
Always apply sunscreen, especially during the summer months
Avoid using creamy eye shadows- they may seep into your fine lines and accentuate them even more
Get plenty of sleep
Drink lots of water, at least 1.5 liter
Wear hats and UV protected sunglasses especially during the summer
Avoid smoking – it makes you squint and deprives your skin from “air”
Take vitamins and eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits
Always use products of high quality