Most of us can’t imagine life without mascara, eyeliner and a bit of eyeshadow on a daily basis. We all know what an amazing pick up for our face this is. However, what we don’t realize is how these products might be contributing to the accelerated appearance of aging in the delicate skin around our eyes.
Have you noticed dark circles, puffiness, or even fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes for the first time? Or, have you recently discovered that your crow’s feet don’t go away once you stop smiling? Lines and wrinkles around the eyes can make you look older than you actually are. If we put a name to the singular area that needs extra special attention on the face, it’s definitely is the thin skin around your eyes.
Why the Skin around your Eyes ages Faster:
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and reveals the earliest signs of premature aging. From rapid blinking of eyes to expressing all sorts of emotions, your eyes have to perform multiple jobs every day, including when you’re sleeping! Exposure to UV rays, genetics, and external stressors such as pollution, smoking, diet, and cosmetics can cause the skin around the eyes to age more rapidly than the rest of the face.
If you wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles, lack of sleep is one of the biggest culprits. When you make sure and get your beauty sleep, you allow dermal cells to repair and regenerate their vital proteins (Collagen-Elastin Matrix) and in turn, this helps the skin around the eyes to stay youthful and plump. When you don’t sleep enough, your skin doesn’t have time to recover. Lack of antioxidants even stress can also be the source of dark circles and sagging eye skin.
Natural Care for Age Defying Eyes:
1. Use Natural Peptide Serums – The skin around the eyes loses its ability to produce optimum levels of collagen and other proteins in the aging process. Thus it is necessary to replace these natural peptides topically. Argireline and Matrixyl are two of the best known clinically proven collagen boosters that treat and repair damaged skin cells.
2. Apply Eye Serums – The eye area does not receive the same moisture (or sebum from oil glands) as the rest of the face, which in combination with the thin-ness of the skin, ages eye skin much faster. A targeted eye cream/serum can provide age-defying benefits, but in order to be effective, an eye serum should at least consist of plant-derived anti-oxidants such as Aloe Vera, Almond Oil and Grapeseed Oil; and Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B2. These ingredients protect against UV rays, moisturize, and help skin cells regenerate.
How to Apply an Eye Serum: A pea sized drop of Aloe Eye Serum applied gently using tapping or patting motions is the way to go here. Never rub eye skin vigorously! Dab it onto the area around your eyes in semi-circles with gentle tapping and patting. You can also use our PVO Eyeline Prevention oil, with it’s roll-on applicator at night for even better results.
3. Hydration is the key – Hydration is the ‘preventive’ step that delays signs of aging. This is especially true if you’re a Vata dosha (Dry Skin) type. Make it a habit to hydrate your skin twice a day. Use Daytime Aloe Eye Serum in your morning skin care routine and night time Eyeline Prevention Oil to maximize benefits. It’s best to apply an eye cream after using a peptide cream (BioScience Peptide Complex containing Hyaluronic Acid) for best results.. Keeping your eye area hydrated helps with dark circles, puffy eyes and minimizes fine lines and crow’s feet.
4. Protect your Skin from the Sun – Eye formulas formulated with plant-based ingredients have natural SPFs that can protect your skin from the damaging sun rays. Organic cold-pressed Almond Oil (with SPF 5), Grapeseed Oil and Jojoba Oil (with SPF 4) give triple benefits of sun protection, moisturization and free-radical scavenging for the skin around your eyes.
5. Get enough rest – The ocular muscles control the movements of the eyes and the eyelids and overusing your eye muscles can strain them. Our optic nerves are stimulated by light and overexposure to light can cause symptoms such as irritated dry eyes and loss of adequate supply of oxygen to the eyes. All of this can cause dark circles and puffy eyes. Turn the lights off before going to bed, use an eye mask and stay away from the blue light to relax your eyes.
6. Antioxidant-rich Nutrition – Foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Omega 3 fatty acids nourish the skin around the eyes and protect it from environmental stressors. Green leafy vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, wheat germ and berries are some antioxidant-rich food sources that help eyes look youthful, bright and beautiful!