Taking Care of Eye Wrinkles and Those Frustrating Fine Lines
Smile lines, crow’s feet, eye wrinkles and under eye crepiness tend to be the first thing we notice about ourselves as we age and the first thing we subconsciously notice about someone else: “she’s looking older”, we may think when meeting an old friend. If we ask ourselves why, it’s more than likely due to the lines we’ve noticed around their eyes and maybe their lips.
The skin around our eyes is a little different to the skin on the rest of our face;
- It is naturally thinner,
- Cannot retain moisture as well,
- Has smaller blood vessels (capillaries) feeding it, which break more readily, and
- Is generally more sensitive and delicate.
The fine lines we might notice in our 20’s and 30’s become deeper and more noticeable in our 40’s and 50’s. With the decrease in oestrogen during and after menopause, it becomes even harder for the area (like the rest of our skin) to retain water. This creates more dryness and with it more lines, which become deeper and more rigid, including eye wrinkles!
As you can see, it all happens slowly, over years. However, if we start caring for the area early, we can slow their onset.
Prevention is better – maintain hydration, nutrition and stay moisturised around your eyes
Let’s understand what is happening:
When any area of our skin becomes dehydrated it cannot function properly and this is no different around our eye area. The nutrients and oxygen required for healthy normal cells simply don’t reach them as the tiny blood vessels contract and break and this, combined with free radical damage, causes a process of cell degeneration to occur. Around our eye area it is our collagen and elastin breakdown that gives us our eye wrinkles and the worse the problem, the deeper and more rigid our lines. These connective fibres are deep in our skin, which makes them harder to regenerate than if they were on the surface of our skin.
Collagen gives skin firmness and keeps our skin supple whilst elastin allows our skin to move for expression and then bounce back when we relax. They work together, allowing us to smile, to frown, to kiss, be happy and to cry. They weaken over time naturally, but in today’s techno world we can influence this rate by taking care with our lifestyle as well as the skin care and makeup we use.
Lifestyle – these factors all contribute to being generally dehydrated and, later, to eye wrinkles:
- Alcohol, poor diet, smoking and drinking insufficient water
- Stress and poor sleep patterns
- Ill health and medications
- Repeated facial movements – squinting, smiling, frowning and just being you
- UV exposure
- Rubbing the skin (including makeup removal)
- Using skin care and makeup containing toxic chemicals (such as SLS’s and parabens to name just two)
Fighting Fine Lines and Eye Wrinkles
Ideally, a good eye cream should, over time, minimise fine lines and crepiness, not cause more damage and should assist with any puffiness and pigmentation you have in the eye area. There are also other things you can do minimise fine lines and wrinkles. Here are our best tips:
- Live as healthy a lifestyle as possible, eat a diet low in sugars and processed foods, sleep well and exercise regularly
- Drink at least 2 litres of water per day
- Treat your eye area gently – pat rather than rub
- Protect from UV exposure
- Sunnies for squinting
- A non-nasty, preferably physical SPF
- Wear a hat
- Use eye masks, especially silicone pads, to sleep in – take on long haul flights to use whilst sleeping on a plane
- Remove makeup gently every night with a specific eye makeup remover product, such as Osmosis Colour Melt Away Gelee or Aspect Cleansing Micellar Water
- Avoid using both skin care and makeup containing nasties
- Re-focus the face:
- Look after your brows as these give your face definition and can take the focus off your eyes. Having them shaped and tinted regularly and investing in a good brow brush and brow gel, such as Osmosis Colour (all in one) Brow Gel is a smart move, as is learning how to use it.
- Hydrate and conceal the under eye area with intelligent products, such as the 2-in-1 Age Defying Hydrating Treatment Concealer from Osmosis Colour – it really works a treat!
Ingredients to Look for in Your Eye Cream
In the “dark ages” of eye creams they were formulated simply, usually with just vitamins K and E. These are still considered important, however so many new ingredients can assist in both the prevention and treatment of our fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
As the skin around the eyes is more delicate and sensitive it is more likely to become irritated if you use your everyday facial products to treat your under eye concerns. The ingredients may appear similar, however eye products are formulated specifically to avoid these irritations. It is best to use a separate product.
New (and old) ingredients designed to assist the skin to repair and renew itself:
Hyaluronic acid – plumps crepiness and fine lines by hydrating cells.
Alpha Lipoic acid – powerful antioxidant to fight free radicals, enhances the effect of Vitamin C and E in the skin, retains moisture.
Peptides and growth factors – repair collagen and elastin deep down and allow for normal skin function and renewal.
Vitamin C – encourages normal cell functions and assists with collagen production.
Vitamin E – nourishes, soothes and protects skin.
Spin Trap – repairs and ensures efficient use of ingredients. Improves venous blood flow from the area, thereby decreasing dark circles and puffiness.
Vitamin A – cellular renewal and normal cell function. *We suggest only using this in your eye cream if you are already using a Vitamin A serum on your remaining facial skin.
Vitamin K – decreases dark circles caused from bruising or the breakdown of old blood vessels.
Chamomile, Tea Extracts and Cucumber – can help with puffiness.
Kojic Acid, Arnica, and Licorice – diminishes dark circles and lightens pigment under the eyes.
Our Suggestions Through the Ages for Eye Wrinkles
All the products below will help with fine lines, eye wrinkles, as well as evening out skin tones and helping with puffiness. They all contain a good combination of the above ingredients with some being better for some concerns than others.
You only need enough of each to balance on the top of a match head, warm it up between your fingers and press onto the area – only under your eyes and around the sides, using what is left on your fingers for the top lids and your lips. Your top lids have lots of oil glands and only need product for some extra moisture protection and your lips can almost always do with some extra!
Prevention First – 20-30’s
- Use good makeup! Check out our Colorescience and Osmosis Colour ranges – they are designed to maintain and improve the health of all your skin, not just the eye area.
- Aspect Eye Lift 3 and Aspect Eye Cream – Under 30 and guilty of burning the candle at both ends? Then these complete and effective clinical strength formulas will treat your dark circles and under eye puffiness.
- Aspect Dr Eye Lift – Safe to use whilst pregnant and breastfeeding and yet, sooooo effective at treating all under eye skin concerns
- Organic Nation Eye Matrix Cream – Full of organic healing peptides with protecting hydrating properties, this eye cream helps with all your eye concerns and it smells divine!
Prevention and Treatment – 40-50’s
- CosMedix OptiCrystals – A serum that is delicate enough for sensitive eye tissue and packed with antioxidants, such as Spin Trap, that repair and protect damaged skin. Alpha Lipoic Acid binds moisture and plumps the skin to reveal a more youthful-looking eye area.
- Osmosis MD Refresh – This powerful eye serum contains ingredients, such as niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to plump, firm and reduce the appearance of dark circles by increasing cellular respiration and reducing inflammation. Refresh also is available in a slightly thicker medium for evening use: Osmosis MD Illuminate.
- CosMedix Elite Eye Doctor – A rich antioxidant eye serum that contains AGP complex, this helps to smooth and firm the delicate eye area without irritation, whilst reducing inflammation in the area. It is also the only eye cream containing Vitamin A. We do suggest though, that you use one of the other eye creams, such as CosMedix Opti-Crystals before using this one, just to prepare your eyes.
Final note: These eye creams are pretty serious and some people find they make their eyes what I term “sweaty and tired feeling”. It tends to be people who wear glasses. If this is you, back off a little and use your product every 2nd or 3rd night and try to use less product – just a tiny titchy bit. Applying it only at night also helps. Aspect Dr Eye Lift does not seem to create this problem for people.
Don’t forget your daily sunblock. It would be great if eye creams contained one, however they don’t and so you need to add one and wear sunglasses.
Gently pat your chosen one over and under your eyes, either before or after your eye makeup. The Sunforgettable brush, which comes in 3 tints, is a good choice as it can be easily brushed over throughout the day and is SPF 30.
You could also use the Colorescience Even Up (SPF50) under your makeup – almost as a primer. Just test it out first if your under eye area is especially sensitive.
Still not sure?
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