Your eyes are the windows to your soul. Their expressions reveal what you think and feel at the moment. However, the constant blinking, squinting, smiling, laughing, and flirting can make one’s eye tired and prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. In time, this could make one’s appearance tired and old.
The skin around your eye differs from the skin on the rest of your face, so using the same product all around would not be best for your eyes. This is one mistake many people commit. They don’t realise that the harsh active ingredients on their face creams may irritate the skin around their eyes.
Your eye contours have fragile, thinner skin that is very delicate and needs careful and gentle handling. It also has fewer sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are the microscopic organs in the skin that produces sebum, an oily substance that lubricates the skin. Since the skin in the eye area has fewer of these, it tends to get drier and develop fine lines and wrinkles.
As you age, you need to pay more attention to your eyes and use products that would help address your eye concerns. You need to realise the importance of moisturising to prevent many problems from arising that make you look old and tired. Ideally, when you reach the second decade of your life, you need to begin using products that would slow down ageing. Here are some of the reasons why it’s essential to moisturise the eye contour area:
1. Delay The Signs Of Ageing
Of course, avoiding the sun, drinking lots of water, and eating nutritious food will help delay the signs of ageing—not just in your eye area but in the rest of your body. Moisturising eye contours will hydrate the skin and lessen the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, which becomes prominent as you age.
Fine lines and wrinkles happen because the skin becomes too dry, and there’s not enough hydration, making the skin look old. When you moisturise, especially with products with emollients, humectants, and occlusives like FFA or free fatty acid, you’re helping the skin lock in the moisture to help hydrate the area. When this happens, the skin becomes smoother and fine lines are diminished.
Moisturisers with emollients, specifically ceramide, help create a barrier to lock in moisture in the skin. Although ceramides naturally occur in the body, their production decreases as you age, so you need to supplement it with more.
Humectants like hyaluronic acid act as a cushion and lubricant that helps make the skin around the eye hydrated and smoother, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Lastly, occlusives which have been leading the skin care trend for some time now, help form a protective layer on the skin, which acts as a barrier that prevents moisture loss. These three ingredients would be your best bet for your moisturising eye creams.
2. Improve The Skin’s Elasticity
Your skin’s ability to be stretched and move back to its original shape when tugged becomes more difficult as you age. This is because the skin produces less collagen, the body’s natural substance that makes the skin supple. In time, the lack of collagen will make the skin around the eyes sag, crinkled, and even leathery.
Eye products containing pro-collagens like vitamin C and retinol help replenish the skin’s elasticity. They boost collagen production and may also help reduce and reverse the signs of ageing around the eye area.
3. Helps With Skin Regeneration
Eye moisturising creams with combined peptides and vitamin C are great collagen stimulators. The human body produces proteins to help heal and replace old skin. This is the function of collagen, elastin, and keratin. When the skin is exposed to trauma like UV rays and injury, it must regenerate to replace the skin that suffered exposure and force.
Peptides combined with vitamin C will help boost the production of collagen, which will help the skin regenerate faster. When regeneration occurs, you’ll notice that the skin around your eyes is firmer and smoother, and there’s a reduction of fine lines.
4. Prevent Irritation, Redness And Itchiness
When the skin is dry, the tendency is it becomes itchy, and when you begin to scratch your eye area, you will irritate the sensitive section making it look red and inflamed. To prevent this from happening, it’s essential to moisturise your eye area.
When your eye area is moisturised, you’ll find that it’s healthier, and you won’t see the need to scratch it. It will also prevent exacerbating conditions like puffiness, skin tags, and infections.
Your eyes are the first part of your face that will show you’re ageing. The lines, wrinkles and even crow’s feet are bound to appear. But you may delay its appearance by taking care of the skin around your eye area by moisturising using products that contain natural ingredients.
You don’t have to wait until you’re 60 to do this. Even in your 20s, you may begin using products to help your eyes look younger and healthier.