Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine For Your Eye Contour
If eyes are the window into our soul, they’re an oversized, wide open door into our age. Let’s face it: Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes are a dead giveaway that your youth is behind you. And since the skin on the eye contour is thin—like paper thin—and very delicate, signs of aging are more visible and evolve quicker compared to other areas. Your best option to keep time on your side? Adopting an aggressive anti-aging eye routine, like the one below. Keep reading to find out how to keep the skin around your baby blues looking youthful!
Wear SPF Religiously
This isn’t shocking news, but for safe measure: Unprotected and prolonged exposure to UV light can do a number on the skin. More specifically, it can make wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots—the tell-tale signs of skin aging—in the eye area more prominent and pronounced, as well as introduce more into the mix. A good line of defense is to wear an SPF-formulated eye cream—like SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50—daily before heading outdoors, be it a beach day or a quick stroll around the block. For extra protection, wear sunglasses that provide broad-spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays when possible.
Apply Anti-Aging Eye Cream
In the A.M., SPF is the name of the game. At night, though, it’s all about retinol—FYI: don’t wear this during the daytime—hyaluronic acid, peptides, and other anti-aging ingredients. Before bed and after cleansing, apply Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes. Safe for normal and combination skin types, the formula, with retinol palmitate and hyaluronic acid, helps to hydrate and plump the look of the eye area. Take that, crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles!
Use a Cold Compress
If your eyes are puffy, a cold compress can work wonders to vasoconstrict the area. De-puff in a pinch by applying a cold spoon, washcloth, cucumber slice, or tea bag on your eyes every morning. The coolness is sure to wake you up from your slumber—bonus!
Don’t Skimp on Sleep
Night owls, we hate to break it to you but there’s simply no room for sleep deprivation when you’re trying to treat visible signs of aging on your skin. It’s during deep sleep that skin undergoes self-repair. Cut out that precious time and you’ll be left with more visible dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness, and under-eye bags. Suffice to say, hitting the snooze button a little more often isn’t such a bad idea.
Sagging skin is one of the telltale signs of dehydration. In addition to hydrating on the outside, hydrate on the inside by drinking water throughout the day. Before bed, as you cleanse (because you never skip this step, right?!), give your skin an extra splash of cold water for a boost of refreshing energy.