Out of all the areas that give away early aging, the skin around the eyes possibly tops the list, says Dr. Aparna Santhanam, Skincare Expert Consultant, ITC Dermafique. This skin is extremely delicate and thin and requires proper care to keep the signs of dullness and aging at bay. Our eyes work a lot throughout the day, from blinking to expressing our emotions and can be a major reason for premature aging. Moreover, genetic reasons, ultraviolet (UV) rays, external stress and lifestyle choices can also cause the skin around the eyes to age more quickly. With the current situation confining most of us to our homes, we tend to invest our time on staring at Television, Tablets and our phones. With this, we increase strain on our eyes and in turn the skin around our eyes.
You need a special, dedicated routine to take care of your eyes that would fit into the demands of your day. Just follow these simple steps.
Moisturize – Moisturizing your skin is one of the most basic yet underrated steps that people tend to ignore very often. Our skin is like a grape – once it starts losing water, it starts to shrink and wrinkles can become visible. But once moisture is restored, the skin plumps up and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Since the skin around the eyes lacks oil glands (our skin’s natural moisturizer), it can be more prone to dryness and dullness. Hence moisturising is an essential step for the under eye area.
Choose the right make up remover – There are so many make up products for the eye like mascara, eye shadow, concealer as well as eye liners and kajal that can pile up and leave a lot of residue in and around the eyes. Choose a cleanser that is best suited for all skin types and which has humectants to ensure that the moisture around the eyes is kept locked in. The key to using an eye makeup remover is to place the cotton pad on your lids for a few seconds and then gently wipe it across from inside to outside. Avoid rubbing harshly as this causes the skin to stretch and ultimately leads to lines and wrinkles.
Invest in a good Anti-Ageing serum – Serums contain more concentrated and potent ingredients that target specific concerns, be it fine lines, puffiness, eye bags or dark circles. Serums also have thinner consistency so that the skin absorbs it faster than an eye cream. They can also be applied underneath make-up as they are quite lightweight as compared to creams. Always apply starting from the from the inner corner of the eye till the brow bone using a clean finger with very light pressure. Be mindful of the fact that the cream/serum should not be applied directly on the lids or too close to the eyes as the product may cause irritation.