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The eye area has the most delicate skin on the face and therefore not only shows signs of ageing first it also is most effected by lifestyle and environment choices. The skin around the eyes is considered to be 5 times thinner than the rest of the face and it contains 20% less lipids and nutrients. It is also the centre of emotional expression, lots of contortion and wear and tear on the skin. Therefore this delicate area needs very attentive care. Eye-care products are therefore a must in any skincare routine.

As the eye area is an access point to the internal body it is important to choose an opthamalogically tested product, this will ensure that the balance of the product is compatible to the tears and is therefore safe to use.

Not all eye-care products can be used over the entire eye area (lids, under brow and under eye area) it is important to seek advice or read carefully the instructions to see what has been recommended. The different technologies and ingredients will dictate the eye-care products suitability.

Applying eye-care is not as difficult as it can be made out to be. Which finger you use is perhaps not as important as the choice of eye-care. Massage around the eye area is highly recommended to help reduced fluid, dark circles and improve product penetration; it is also a great stress reliever. So when applying eye-care a bit of pressure in circular motions is a good thing. You just need to be careful not to stretch the skin in opposite directions, which is not a common thing to do.

Due to the difference of the skin in the eye area the skin is generally very dehydrated, a good eye-care product is just not enough. It is my experience by introducing a good eye make-up remover that is specifically designed for the eyes can make a big difference over using a face cleanser or an eye-care product on its own. Also the protective layer created by your eye-care should be removed before reapplying to avoid build up that can cause milia and oil deposits and improve penetration of the next application of your eye-care product.

How to select the right eye cream? First you need to know what concerns you most about your eye area. Now if your first reaction to this question was nothing, great you should look for hydrating and age preventing treatments to keep your eyes looking as good for as long as possible. Prevention is still the most powerful tool we have. What you do now will influence how much you may complain latter. The hardest concern for the eye area to treat is dark circles.

Dark circles are also the most hated of conditions. Dark circles have two influences one is circulatory and the other pigmentation. Pigmentation around the eyes is linked to your ethnicity and hormones. Dark circles that are created with circulation can be improved and controlled from their fluctuations caused by life. When the blood slows in the tiny capillaries in the fine skin around the eyes you can see the bluish tinge that is dark circles. To help reduce the appearance of this bluish tinge the circulation needs to be stimulated and this can be done with ingredients like caffeine and vitamin K and of course massage. Ideally look for products that treat the pigmentation and the circulatory issues pertaining to dark circles for the best result

If your concern is more about the visible signs of ageing like lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness, puffiness and or bags then your eye cream needs to address them. I know this may sound a little basic however on many occasions I have listened to a client complain about her eye area and then when I asked her what she was using to combat the visible signs the reply to often was a hydrating eye cream or they did not know what the eye cream was meant to be doing for them. This rarely happens with moisturiser so why do we tune out on eye care? Make sure your eye cream is working on what concerns you.

The most common feedback people get from “skincare experts” is your eyes are very dehydrated. Dehydration makes all visible signs of ageing appear worse. So why is the eye area in such desperate need? Mainly three reasons, one are you even using an eye cream? Two; using too small amount of eye cream. This is usually concerns of causing puffiness and/or getting make up sit perfectly after. The right eye cream for you will do neither. Three, not using an eye cleanser it truly can be the difference. If you are not using an eye cleanser then please re-read the chapter on cleansing. The skin around the eyes needs to be plump, moist and firm to be at its best.

A tip, as most face products are not designed for the eye area apply your eye products first before moving on the rest of the face. This will stop traces of face products been put around the eyes. So cleanse your eye first then your face, then apply your eye care before your face care.

As mentioned the eye area is also prone to damage and influence from the lifestyle and environments we live in. It is when things like diet changes, illness, stress, alcohol and travel etc build up that it places an untold pressure on the functions of the skin and can then visibly affect the skin. It is when we have experienced these fluctuations of life that we need to support or boost the skin and in particular the eye area. The most effective way to support the skin at these times is to use an eye mask. The normal thing we see in the mirror is we look tired this should be a trigger to use a mask.

The eye area is an area that is common to try and cover with concealers and the like, due to dark circles etc. When looking for the right concealer check that is not designed for pimples and is medicated, check that it is recommended to use around the eyes and mainly try and find one that give you some treatment aspect as well as the coverage.

The eyes are the windows of our souls and the centre of our facial expression they are definitely worth looking after. Eyes tell us so much about a person, what do your eyes say about you?

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