Protecting Skin around Your Eye

As noted in the beginning of this section, the part surrounding the eyes is different from all the other areas of the skin. As such, it requires special attention. If you are sick and tired of looking sick and tired around the eye area, then it's about time you give your eyes a little more TLC. Taking better care of this area can help end the frustration of waking up with raccoon eyes- big puffy eyes surrounded by dark circles, for example. The good news is that it's not hopeless. We'll start with a list of all-natural remedies that you can try and then move on to other problems and therapies:

  1. Get Enough Sleep
    It seems like a no-brainer, but you would be amazed at the number of people who burn their candles at both ends and then walk around with tired, puffy or weary eyes. Experts suggest 8-9 hours a night of sleep will strengthen overall health and help out those tired looking eyes.

  2. Eat Right- a Well Balanced Diet
    We all know that eating a well-balanced diet will keep us healthy and provide our bodies with the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs. But many of us are unaware of how diet affects our skin. To become more efficient in eliminating toxins and wastes that make you look tired and wasted, a healthy diet can play a major role. Another thing you should be aware of in relationship to diet is salt. Salt makes your body retain water which shows up mostly in your abdomen and your eyes. Severely reducing you salt intake can help greatly.

  3. Eat More Fresh Fruits
    Although you might think that should be under "well-balanced diet", there is a reason for singling fruit out in our skin care regimen. Increasing your fresh fruit intake will increase the amounts of copper and Vitamin C in your body. These nutrients help restore cells which have been damaged by free radicals thereby helping you to delay signs of aging such as fine lines, bags, and skin discoloration in your eye area. So eat more fresh fruits.

  4. Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day
    Water cleanses away toxins and other unwanted materials that ruin your skin and make you look old and tired. No matter how "balanced" your diet is or how much fruit you eat, if you lack water in your body, it will show up on your skin. Doctors say that we must drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.

  5. Stop Squinting
    Many people squint without being aware of it. Squinting causes wrinkles known as "crow's feet. This particular motion wrinkle tends to be prevalent in people who are nearsighted; that is, they tend to squint to see objects or read signs in the distance. If you are squinting a lot, it may mean that you need glasses- have your vision checked.

 

Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays


It's a well-known fact that the sun contains high levels of UV-rays and should be avoided. UV-rays cause wrinkles, skin aging, and can increase the risk of skin cancer. For the eyes, it's imperative that you wear UVA and UVB blocking sunglasses. Sun damage is partly irreversible, so you need to make sure that you are using the right sunscreen for your skin- check with your physician or dermatologist. For the right sunglasses, you may want to consult an optometrist.
 

Watch out for skin irritation


The skin surrounding our eyes is thin and extremely delicate and therefore must be coddled a bit more than the more robust areas of our skin. It is much more prone to skin irritation and inflammation- which often go hand in hand. For this reason, it's important that you pay attention to the ingredients in any agent you employ around the eye area. Tretinoin (also known as Retin A or Renova) are known to dry out the skin and irritate it, for example. Additionally, hydroxyl acids in concentrations of a PH less than 3.5 have been known to irritate the skin around the eyes.

If your doctor or beautician recommends a product that contains knows irritants it's best to:

  • Begin treatment with the least powerful concentration of the active ingredient that you can. If after a couple of weeks you have no irritation, you may want to consider upping the dosage slightly.
  • First apply the product on the inside of your arm- an area almost as sensitive as your eye area. If you experience no irritation, applying the product to your eye area should be ok.
  • Check to see if the product you are using has a special formula specifically for the eye area. While it's true that some companies are just trying to increase their profits by offering more products, specially crafted eye creams generally have less concentration of irritants and are generally more hydrating.
  • As with any product, if irritation develops from product usage- discontinue it!

Go Light on the Makeup


While makeup can look great, these products usually contain potential skin irritants. Long-lasting makeup especially tends to be made up of harsher chemicals and requires chemical solvents to remove it. The best thing you can do to help reduce the aging of your skin is to go light on the makeup; that is, use makeup in moderation.
 

Puffiness


The most common causes of puffy eyes come from lifestyle factors- among them: lack of sleep and alcohol consumption rank at the top. Of course, continued puffiness could signify the presence of a more serious health problem such as an allergy or kidney/liver disease. Puffy eyes can usually be cured rather quickly, but if the condition persists, make sure to see a doctor.

According to some experts, sodium is one trigger to puffy eyes. If you want to keep those eyes beautiful, make sure that you think twice before you add too much salt to your diet. Another contribution to puffiness, say the experts, is the lack of water intake. You should drink as much water as you can per day (up to a gallon) for overall general health.

The skin around the eyes produces very little sebum (that is it as very few sebaceous glands), making it highly prone to dryness. Because this area can become dry so easily, you may want to consider long-lasting moisturizers.
The eyes are the windows to our souls. They also are the windows to our age. And with age come some eye-specific problems such as age lines, dark circles, puffy skin under the eyes.