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Top eye care advice

The eye area has the most delicate skin on the face and, therefore, not only shows signs of ageing first but is also most affected by our lifestyle choices and our environments. The skin around the eyes is considered to be 5 times thinner than that on the rest of the face and it contains 20% less lipids and nutrients. It is also the centre of emotional expression, with lots of contortion causing wear and tear on the skin. 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 ophthalmologically tested product. This will ensure that the balance of the product is compatible with the tears and, therefore, safe to use.
Because not all eye-care products can be used over the entire eye area (on the lids, under the brow and on the under-eye area), it is important to seek advice and to carefully read instructions. Different technologies and ingredients will dictate an eye-care product’s suitability for your skin.
Applying eye-care is not as difficult as it is sometimes made out to be. The finger you use for application is perhaps not as important as your choice of eye-care. Massaging around the eye area is highly recommended to help reduce fluid and dark circles, to improve product penetration and as a great stress reliever. When applying eye-care using a little pressure in circular motions is a good thing. You need to be careful not to stretch the skin in opposite directions, which it is not designed to do.
Due to the different nature of the skin in the eye area it is generally very dehydrated and a good eye-care product is just not enough. It is my experience that introducing a good eye make-up remover designed specifically for the eyes can make a big difference over using a face cleanser or an eye-care product on their own. Also the protective layer created by your eye-care should be removed before reapplying it to avoid build-up that can cause milia and oil deposits. This will also improve the 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. 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 as possible for as long as possible. Prevention is still the most powerful weapon we have. What you do now will influence the complaints (or lack of them) you may have later. The hardest concern to treat for the eye area is dark circles.
Dark circles are also the most hated of conditions. They have two influences: circulation and pigmentation. Pigmentation around the eyes is linked to your ethnicity and your hormones. Dark circles that are created by circulation can be improved and the fluctuations caused by life controlled. When the blood slows in the tiny capillaries in the fine skin around the eyes a bluish tinge is seen that results in dark circles. To help reduce the appearance of this bluish tinge, the circulation needs to be stimulated. This can be done with ingredients like caffeine and vitamin K and, of course, by massage. For the best results, look for products that treat the both pigmentation and the circulatory issues that cause dark circles.
If your concerns are 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 self-evident, however, on many occasions I have listened to a client complain about her eye area and when I asked her what she was using to combat the visible signs, the reply too often was a hydrating eye-cream, or that she did not know what her eye-cream was meant to be doing for her. This sort of lapse rarely happens with moisturiser, so why do we tune out on eye-care? Make sure your eye-cream is working on what concerns you most.
The most common feedback people get from ‘skincare experts’ is that the skin around their eyes is very dehydrated. Dehydration makes all visible signs of ageing appear worse. So why is the eye area in such desperate need of moisture? There are three main reasons: One: Are you even using an eye-cream? Two: Using too little eye-cream. This usually concerns causing puffiness and/or getting make-up sit perfectly after application. 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 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 to the rest of the face. This will stop traces of face products being put around the eyes. So cleanse your eye area first, then your face. Next, apply your eye care before your face care.
As mentioned the eye area is also prone to damage and influence from our lifestyles and the environments we live in. When issues like diet changes, illness, stress, alcohol, travel etc. build up it places an untold pressure on the functions of the skin that can visibly affect the skin. When we have experienced these fluctuations in life 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 thing we notice first in the mirror is that we look tired; this should be a trigger to use a mask.
It is common to try to cover the eye area with concealers and the like, to hide dark circles etc. When looking for the right concealer check that is not designed for pimples and, therefore, medicated. Also check that it is recommended for use around the eyes and, most importantly, try to find one that gives you some treatment benefit as well as coverage.
Our eyes are the windows to our souls and the centre of our facial expressions. 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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