Recently I asked a poll of women – Do eye creams really work? The results were (excuse the pun) eye-opening. Whilst nearly none were convinced in the efficacy of eye creams, nearly all shared a desire to slow signs of ageing around their eyes.
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The area around your eyes is one of the first places to show the visible signs of ageing. Which is why we are often left reaching for the eye cream the moment our eyes start to give away our age or begin to age us prematurely.
Regardless of whether you hold faith in eye creams or not, here are some tips to help you slow the signs of ageing around your eyes without having to use an eye cream…
– Moisturise –
Hydrated, well moisturised skin has been proven to be more supple. According to the British Journal of Dermatology, people with properly moisturised skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin. Keeping the skin around your eyes moisturised is easily achieved by applying your usual serums and moisturisers twice daily.
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– Cucumber & other natural hydrating remedies –
Particularly good if your skin is too sensitive for even the most hypoallergenic of moisturisers. Items found in the kitchen can aid in keeping your skin hydrated.
When applied direct to skin cucumbers are an excellent way to put lots of moisture back. Whilst you can opt for a chill out with some cucumber slices over your eyes, another effective way is to blend (or mash) some into a chunky puree and apply to the under eye area for 15 minutes. Rinse with luke-warm water to remove.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids. It nourishes, rejuvenates, protects and is rich in antioxidants. Massaging 100% pure extra virgin olive oil into the area surrounding the eyes (preferably daily) will help skin to maintain it’s elasticity and softness. If you warm the oil before application it helps it to penetrate to the lower levels of the skin for maximum benefit.
Additionally avocado’s are super-fruits suggested to have the highest concentration of healthy fats plus vitamins A & E. Simply run a cotton ball over a freshly cut avocado and gently massage the oil collected into your skin.
– Wear Sunscreen –
Exposure to UV rays not only damages the skin, it also speeds up the skin’s ageing process. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen daily regardless of the weather.
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– Look after yourself within –
Creams alone will not make your skin look amazing. Your skin can often be a reflection of your internal health. Make sure to look after yourself. Stay hydrated, eat sensibly (consider a diet higher in protein) and look in to taking supplements such as vitamin C (remember to seek professional advice before taking any supplements or embarking on a new diet)
– Sleep! –
While you sleep, a growth hormone stimulates the renewal of all the body’s organs, which includes the renewal of your skin. Getting a good night’s sleep helps prevent premature ageing. A decent sleep will also help to prevent the tell-tale signs of tired eyes such as dark circles and puffiness.
To give you a better chance of an earlier night, limit your screen-time in the later hours of the day and try to avoid eating or drinking caffeinated drinks close to bedtime.
– Reduce squinting –
Squinting increases lines and wrinkles. Take steps to reduce the amount of squinting you do. Wear sunglasses when needed. Have a spare pair in the car ready for use when needed. Make sure to have regular eye-exams so you’re not having to squint to see things. Allow adequate lighting when viewing screens or reading books.
– Be gentle –
It is a fact the skin around your eyes is more delicate. Therefore, be gentle when removing your eye make, don’t pull or rub excessively. Pat delicately when applying creams using your ring fingers. Don’t rub so hard when your eyes are tired or itchy. Just be aware to treat the eye area with a little more TLC.
– Don’t smoke –
Smoking speeds up the break down of collagen which in turn leads to the tell-tale signs of ageing. Stopping smoking will put the ageing process back onto a less accelerated course. Click here for support in quitting.
– Makeup tricks –
Adjustments to the way you apply your make up can also help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Avoid applying any powder around the eye area. It will sit in the creases and make the lines more prominent.
For more mature skin, too much black eye liner (try switching to brown) or heavily pigmented eye-shadows will magnify deeper set lines and wrinkles.
It’s also important not to go overboard when applying concealer to the under eye area. This will only draw more attention to what you are covering up.
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It’s always best to concentrate on highlighting your best features rather than trying to hide the ones you’re not so happy with.
Ensuring the eye area is well moisturised prior to makeup application will help to keep makeup from promoting areas you would rather it didn’t.
– Keep up a good skincare routine –
Which most importantly means – removing your makeup every night! Even a little bit of un-removed makeup can highly influence your skin’s repair process. Wearing makeup to bed traps the old skin cells and disrupts the rejuvenation process. Not to mention dull, clogged pores and trapped oils which may lead to breakouts. A good skincare routine (cleanse, tone & moisturise twice-daily. Exfoliate regularly) helps to maintain natural oils and moisture, which contribute to a more youthful appearance.
Good to know: Olive oil and avocado oil can also be used as gentle but effective eye makeup removers. Be sure to do a patch test first.
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It’s apparent (and hopefully encouraging) there are lots of steps you can take to help slow the signs of ageing around your eyes without the need for an eye cream or more invasive treatments such as Botox. Are there any other measures you take to help keep the fine lines and wrinkles at bay? Have you tried any of these tips yet? How has it worked for you? Get in touch by leaving a comment in the box below. I’d love to hear from you!