Published September 26 2015 by Dr. James Macdonald, MD.
We've been developing skincare for over 10 years. From our experience, the eye area is one of the most challenging areas to deal with. With the right tools and techniques you can look your best while retaining and recovering youthful, vibrant skin.
The eye area consists of the most delicate skin on the face. Unfortunately, this area shows signs of aging first with the development of fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, loss of firmness, dryness, and uneven texture. Even if these signs are not apparent yet, most of the damage may already be under the surface of the skin.
The great news is steps can be taken today to minimize the aging effects in the eye area. Environmental stressors and lifestyle play a huge part in the aging process, accelerating the rate of visible damage, according to the National Institute on Aging.
The following contribute to the acceleration of the aging process, especially in the delicate eye area:
- Sun exposure or tanning
- Consistent exposure to dry air
- Pulling and/or tugging at the eye area
- High stress levels
- Poor nutrition and /or alcohol
7 Tips to Minimize the Aging Effects in the Eye Area
1) Decrease Sun Exposure and Tanning
The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that UVA rays accelerate the process by penetrating deep into the basal layer of the epidermis. Wearing sunglasses or prescription glasses with UVA and UVB labeling may help to stave off the sun’s rays from the eye area.
2) Quit Smoking
According to Quit Smoking Support, a website offering help to those wanting to stop smoking, cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals. Chemical exposure in this way will lead to premature aging, especially in the eye area.
3) Consider a Humidifier
Consistent exposure to dry air can lead to dry skin and increase the look of fine lines and wrinkles. A humidifier will replace the moisture in the air. Depending on the environment, a humidifier can be used all year long if needed.
4) Learn to Apply Cosmetics Around the Eye Area
During the application of eye cosmetics, some women have a tendency to pull or tug at the eye area. If this action becomes a daily habit, fine lines will develop and become noticeable. Many cosmetic counter makeup artists can demonstrate the correct way to apply cosmetics for free.
5) Decrease Stress Levels
High stress levels can cause a hormonal imbalance leading to changes in skin. Learn ways to efficiently manage time and decrease stress. Taking time for adequate exercise daily may help to relieve tension.
6) Hydrate and Eat Clean
Alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate the body, resulting in dry skin and less of a supple look to the eye area. Use a large water bottle and continuously fill it to meet your body’s daily requirement. Processed foods tend to be laden with chemicals and other ingredients the human body has trouble metabolizing. Eating whole foods including vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and complex carbohydrates will place the body back into balance. This good nutrition can be seen on the outside as skin will begin to plump and look noticeably brighter.
7) Use an Effective Eye Cream
The use of an eye cream backed by science can slow the aging process in the eye area. Look for an eye cream offering ingredients that will hydrate, brighten, firm, decrease puffiness, and smooth texture. It is never too late (or too early) to care for this delicate area.
World renowned dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers has created an eye cream to specifically address eye area aging. It's the most concentrated anti-aging formulation Riversol has and yes, a little goes a very long way. The molecules in our eye cream have been scientifically proven to reduce dark eye circles by increasing collagen production to strengthen and rejuvenate the skin and underlying capillaries while improving the drainage of fluid from the area.
Learn more about Riversol's eye cream HERE
National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/skin-care-and-aging
Skin Cancer Foundation http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/understanding-uva-and-uvb
Quit Smoking Support http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/whatsinit.htm