There’s a lot of factors to consider when thinking about the skin around your eyes, from diet to sun exposure and sleep. It’s no wonder why our eyes are always the first to broadcast our bad habits (late nights, leaving the house sans sunscreen, squinting at the desktop, etc.); the skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most fragile part of the face – meaning it’s far more susceptible to signs of ageing.
This just means we’ve got to take every precaution when treating and preventing them before crow’s feet start to appear. We know that when such fine lines and wrinkles start to manifest, it is hard to turn back time.
The tricky part is choosing the right under-eye cream to hydrate, de-puff and lift because what works for a 20-something just wouldn’t be as effective for a 50-something — and vice-versa. To help you, here’s a guide on why, when and how you should start taking care of your eye area. And if you haven’t started paying attention to it, maybe you should start today.
Why do our eyes age?
As we age, elastin and collagen levels in the skin begin to decrease. Naturally, this leads to a loss of firmness and density in our skin, hence the gradual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area over time.
Though it’s a general rule of thumb to combat the big bad trio (a.k.a other factors which accelerate ageing around the eyes) — the sun, fatigue, and pollution — by drinking loads of water, daily SPF and getting well rested, an eye care routine tailored to fit your age can play an even bigger role to re-stimulate the skin’s production of collagen and elastin fibers.
So where do we begin?