A youthful, fresh, and well-rested appearance is most prominent in the look of the eyes. The very thin skin around the eyes is prone to puffiness, lines, dark circles, and dullness. When your eyes appear worn so does the rest of your face and fatigued eyes can make a person look a lot older than they are.
Why Does Skin Around The Eyes Age Quickly?
There are a number of reasons skin in the eye area tends to age quicker than skin in other regions. The first issue the eye area has to deal with is thin skin that breaks down easily. It can become loose much faster than its thicker counterparts and it also can become even thinner than it already is making it vulnerable to wrinkling and sagging.
Some other factors include the makeup of the other tissues in the same region. It doesn’t have the added support of fat and muscular structure to help keep it taut. It is also covering an empty void in your eye socket. That doesn’t lend itself to optimal stability. Luckily there are steps you can take to combat rapid eye aging.
What Are Tips To Prevent Aging Eyes
- Effective Moisturizer
Almost everything we do that touches or engages the eyes can cause stress and stretching that result in fine lines and wrinkles. Think about the ravages rubbing your eyes causes or how squinting affects that ultra-thin tissue. It is a common misconception that any facial cream will do. A moisturizer that doesn’t include anti-aging ingredients will provide much-needed moisturizer but it won’t attack those cracks. Or do much preventative work.
Most facial moisturizers do have the anti-aging properties you’d want for the majority of your face, but these formulations are far too intense for the fragile eye area. They can easily cause tremendous irritation, painful burning, and troublesome inflammation. The essential ingredients that specialty eye creams and serums offer – and that you want- are ingredients that promote collagen production. Collagen in our skin depletes slowly as we age and the reason it is so helpful is because of the strength and elasticity it offers.
- Stay Hydrated
There is no limit to the many healthful benefits gained by staying hydrated from water consumption. If you suffer from puffy eyes it could be related to dehydration and poor blood circulation. Getting in enough water addresses these issues and will make a huge difference. To further help you diminish the bags, avoid excess alcohol and salty foods.
The amount of water necessary for people varies based on their age and activities but in general:
- Men should take in 15.5 cups, or 3.7 liters per day
- Women should take in 11.5 cups, or 2.7 liters per day
If you are particularly active or going to be in an environment where you will lose water through sweat you will need to up your intake.
Also, a dab of coolness can give you a quick pick-me-up. Consuming water first thing in the morning followed by a splash of the cool liquid on your face and your body will start naturally lessening swelling throughout.
- Get Some ZZZ’s
It seems so easy to do, but sleep can be often hard to come by, especially on a regular basis. Sleeping is so vitally important to our bodies and minds. When we sleep our bodies rebuild and repair. If we don’t get enough sleep or we have no consistent sleep pattern, our body gets confused as to when it can begin these important processes. A lack of sleep or erratic sleep patterns leads to inflammation and premature aging both of which are not going to make any part of your look come off as vibrant and glowing.
When you have invested your hard-earned dollars in quality serums and creams you disturb their chances of working as best as they can without adequate sleep. To get the most out of them keep your sleep regular. If possible, sleeping at a slight elevation reduces grime accumulation on your skin which clogs pores and leads to breakouts.
Yes, even the skin around the eyes needs dead cell build-up removed. You don’t want to tackle this the same way that you would your feet, for instance. Trying to slough dead skin cells off via scrubbing will wreak havoc on your eye skin and cause more harm than good. If you are able to tolerate it, lower concentration retinal topicals are the way to go.
All of your skin should be shielded from the damaging effects of the sun. Every morning you should apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin, including the area around the eyes. You will get a significant amount of protection from an SPF of 50.
Can Eating The Right Foods Help The Look Of Aging Eyes?
Absolutely. Eating well in conjunction with drinking enough water and of course, exercises is mother nature’s natural cure and best prevention to the appearance of aging. A diet full of high- nutritious options can actually reverse an aged appearance:
- Vitamin C – brightly colored foods like orange peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, winter squash, figs, cauliflower, and broccoli are a few of the densest vitamin-c rich choices.
- Lean proteins- to keep skin tight and resilient eggs, oysters, chicken, and beef work well.
- Selenium- combatting damage from UVA/UVB rays wards off wrinkles so eat whole-grain barley, whole-wheat pasta, tuna, mushrooms, and pork.
- Omega-3 fatty acids- adds suppleness and fights inflammation so incorporate mackerel, tuna, wild salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds to name a few.
Some other important age fighters include:
- Blueberries full of vitamins A, B, and C prevent cellular damage
- Dark chocolate of about 80-90% cocoa has high antioxidant levels
- Avocados have phytochemicals which slow aging at the cellular level
With the right products, a regular routine reduced stress, and a nutritious diet you can give your face a makeover. The eyes can gain that restored youthful glow through simple tweaks to your daily life which is not too hard to incorporate.