The delicate eyes
What Causes Ordinary Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles under the Eyes? Ordinary swelling around the eyes means you have an excessive accumulation of fluids, called edema, in surrounding skin tissue. Because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin in the body, swelling and discoloration can be quite prominent.
But why does fluid accumulate to form puffy eyes in the first place?
Edema around the eyes generally results from a variety of factors, including:
- Overconsumption of salt, which causes fluid retention
- Allergies that can cause inflammation and swelling
- Sinus problems
- Fatigue and lack of sleep
- Inherited facial features
While the last answer isn’t very satisfying, it’s true that many people have puffy eyes because this trait simply runs in the family
What are my options in treating my eye area?
- Smooth Under-Eye Wrinkles with Massage
- Tighten Under-Eye Wrinkles with A Natural-Ingredient Eye Mask
- Treat Under-Eye Wrinkles with Eye Pads
- Fill in Under-Eye Wrinkles With Injections
- Smooth Under-Eye Wrinkles with A Professional-Grade Product
3 ways of using an eye cream
Your eyes are one of the most prominent features on your face. It’s natural that you want the area around your eyes to look its best. The skin that surrounds the eye is very thin and extremely delicate, and many times is among the first to show signs of aging. Using an eye cream can counteract problem areas. To realize its full benefit, you must first learn to properly apply eye cream.
1) Wash your face. Your eye cream will absorb better if you place it on a clean surface. Take care to wash your face before you apply eye cream. Do this whether you are using a night cream, a day cream, or both.
- Use warm water to wash your face. If the water is too hot, it can strip your face of moisture.
- Choose a gentle cleanser. Use a cream cleanser to add extra moisture to your skin.Wet your face, then gently massage cleanser onto your entire face, using circular motions.
- Rinse the cleanser off, then pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.
2) Scoop cream from jar. After washing and drying your face, apply any serums or toners that you use. Your eye cream should be the last thing that you apply in your skin care routine. Make sure to wash your hands before touching the cream.
- Most eye creams come in small jars. After washing your hands, use your ring finger to scoop cream from the jar.
- Eye creams are typically much thicker than regular moisturizers. Because of this, a little goes a long way.
- You will need an amount of cream about the size of a pea. Start small, and add more if you need to.
- If you are using a gel instead of a cream, use the same process. You might need a slightly larger amount.
3) Apply cream to the area around your eye. It is important to use your ring (or fourth) finger to apply eye cream. It is the weakest of your fingers. By using your ring finger, you are less likely to accidentally apply too much pressure and damage the sensitive skin around your eyes.
Pat the cream onto the area around your eye. Do not rub, as you could tear the gentle skin.
Take care to go all the way around your orbital socket, which is the bone that surrounds your eye. You can feel its circular shape. Eye cream needs to be applied to this entire area.
Use your sunglasses as a guideline. You should apply cream to any part of your face that is covered by your shades.
Best eye cream ingredients
- Retinol “Anybody who can tolerate retinoic acid should use it. A vitamin A derivative, retinol stimulates cell turnover and collagen production, helping to strengthen skin and reduce complexion imperfections like sun spots and fine lines. Just remember that a little goes a long way; retinol creams make skin more sun-sensitive and can be overly drying, so apply sparingly before bedtime only.
- Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides for plump skin cells nothing beats hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture from the air and holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
- Vitamins C and E. Besides vitamin A (in the form of topical retinol), vitamins C and E are also potent anti-aging ingredients. While vitamin C aids in collagen production and skin elasticity, vitamin E soothes and protects.
What to Look for in an Eye Cream
You don’t necessarily need a separate eye cream if you’re already using a well-formulated facial moisturizer or serum that has the right texture for the skin around your eyes. That type of face product can absolutely work effectively around the eye area, too.
The exception to this is when the moisturizer and serum you use for your face isn’t emollient or enriched enough for your eye area. The eye area is often drier, has a loss of firmness, and shows dark circles. These concerns require a more luxurious, enhanced formula, and that’s where the best eye creams excel.
If you want to use a separate eye cream at night, then you need to make sure it meets all the requirements of a highly supplemented, dense, cushioning formula that keeps the surface of skin supremely hydrated while allowing the concentrated skin-renewing ingredients to slowly and purposefully absorb into skin.
Last but not least…sun screen is key
Last but certainly not least, we’ll leave you with this. Daily sun protection is key for keeping the appearance of wrinkles and other eye area concerns at bay (you knew we were going to say that, right?).
If the eye cream you’re using doesn’t provide sun protection, then your best option is to apply your eye cream and then follow with an SPF-enhanced daytime moisturizer or foundation/concealer with sunscreen.
Sunglasses are a nice extra measure of defense, for the eye itself as well as for skin around the eye, but they don’t replace the need for sunscreen. For maximum protection from sunglasses, look for styles that block light from above and from the sides rather than just straight on.