They say our eyes are the window to our soul. If that is true, we should ensure they tell the right story. Women are constantly obsessing about their eyes and investing in ways to enhance and improve their appearance. Eyelash extensions, lash growth serums, eye creams for wrinkles, eye products for puffy eyes, all-in-one make-up palettes and mascaras – the list of available products is vast. But what really matters when looking for eye products, specifically skin care?
I’m here to share with you the primary skin concerns we all face and the best ways to take care and enhance your eye area – including a few tips and tricks of my own.
Dark Circles and Puffiness
Dark circles, puffiness and bags are often the first signs of aging around the eyes. It generally occurs in our twenties, when our cell turnover and collagen levels start to decrease.
Before you grab your concealer, it is actually easy to get rid of eye bags and dark circles with the addition of an eye product that uses proven and natural ingredients. Treating the cause of the darkness and puffiness is crucial and in the long run it is easier. Full coverage concealers tend to be heavy and can crease around bags and puffiness, drawing more attention to the eye area.
When looking for eye products for dark circles, you want to look for ingredients such as Caffeine, Bisabolol and Vitamin C, which helps stimulate and brighten the under eye area. Moisturizing ingredients are also important, since dark circles appear worse when skin is dry and dehydrated.
Eye products with caffeine are also great for puffiness and under eye bags. Caffeine helps to stimulate fluid retention in the eye area, which is often a primary cause of bags and puffiness around the eyes. Although caffeine is one of the best eye cream ingredients for dark circles and puffiness, sometimes the moisture that is offered in eye brightening products can make under eye bags appear worse. Instead, opt for an eye gel that uses water based ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid or Aloe Vera. For maximum dark circle and puffiness benefits, layer an eye serum underneath the gel.
Lines, Wrinkles and Crows Feet
Women are quick to say their eyes give away their age. Lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eyes are common complaints and women are always looking for a solution. With so many eye creams on the market, it is easy to be unsure what to look for.
Tackling aging concerns around the eyes isn’t just about the best eye cream ingredients for wrinkles. How we care for our eyes plays a huge role in overall eye health. Sun damage is the biggest factor in aging, and your eyes are not exempt. Wearing sunglasses helps prevent squinting, one of the main crow’s feet causes. However, larger sunglasses that cover the entire orbital bone offer UV protection to the delicate skin around the eyes and is the best option for defense. Makeup application and removal also can contribute to pre-mature aging concerns, because excessive tugging and pulling slowly breaks down our collagen and elastin - necessary nutrients for firm, wrinkle free skin. When applying and removing makeup, be sure to use gentle pressure, avoid rubbing and don’t sleep in your makeup.
To enhance these best practices, finding a high quality eye product with Argireline, a powerful and firming peptide, will help smooth the appearance of existing concerns while preventing future lines and wrinkles from occurring.
The Importance of Product
It’s easy to feel skeptical when you’re faced with dozens of products, claims, and ingredients that tout miracles. When considering an eye product, the most important factor to note is that prevention is key! Although powerful eye creams can reduce the appearance of existing signs of aging, it is much easier to prevent the line from occurring. Applying an eye care product in your twenties is a primary piece of an age prevention skin care routine, and your skin will thank you for it in the years to come. When you’re focused on prevention, look for lightweight eye products with skin strengthening ingredients like Amino Acids, Plant Stem Cells and Hyaluronic Acid. Some of the best natural eye cream ingredients, like Aloe, Jojoba Oil and plant extracts, are found in preventative eye creams, so you won’t have to sacrifice quality for efficacy.
The best ingredients for an eye cream to tackle tougher aging concerns can include Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, and moisturizers like Jojoba and Shea Butter. Regardless of age, it is important to hydrate and nourish the eye area as moisturized skin tends to be more resilient against aggressors. Anti-Aging ingredients such as Peptides help to firm the appearance of skin, while Hyaluronic Acid visibly plumps wrinkles. In addition, both ingredients support the skin’s natural synthesis of collagen – and more collagen means fewer wrinkles.
Eye Cream Tips and Tricks
- Get rid of eye bags at home by starting your morning with five extra minutes! Simply wet a wash cloth with cold water and place it gently over your eyes. Lay back, relax and let the cool cloth calm puffiness and bags. This is also a great opportunity to begin your day with a few moments of reflection and gratitude!
- Try a few facial exercises to get rid of eye bags by using your ring finger and your favorite eye cream! Gently massage in small, outward circular motions along pressure points around the orbital bone. Simply press, massage in a circle three times, release and move your finger to the next spot. Repeat along the entire orbital bone.
- Facial exercises are also a great way to reduce the appearance of the “dreaded elevens” that can appear between your brows. Using your favorite eye cream, apply a small amount to your thumb. Gently press your thumb onto the lines, and using a medium pressure massage in a circular motion. This exercise helps to release the muscle that is often to blame for this expression line. It also relaxes tension in the forehead and stimulates the skin to visibly plump the wrinkle.
- A quick fix for puffy eyes is to gently tap a light amount of a natural peppermint lip balm along the under eye area and top of the cheekbone (using your ring finger, of course). The waxes will add radiance to the skin, while the peppermint will stimulate circulation to reduce the appearance of bags and puffiness!