Caring for Wrinkles and Puffy Bags Under The Eyes
The Eyes Have it!
The sensitive eye area is often the place that many women notice the signs of aging first. Fine dehydration lines, puffy bags, deeper wrinkles, and crows feet can accumulate quickly in this area, with under-eye bags and dark circles leading to an older looking appearance.
Once thought only necessary for women in the over 30 age group, proper anti-aging care is now becoming a much larger market with a customer base of men and women starting with those in their late teens and early 20s.
Is it just a marketing gimmick or image driven vanity issue? Not really! The skin around the eyes is on average a third thinner than the skin anywhere else on the body or the face and does not contain oil-producing pores, hence the risk of dehydration and the early signs of aging.
Add to this that the obicularis oculi muscle which surrounds the eye is constantly working, whether blinking, squinting or simply creating movement. This all can add to the formation of fine dehydration lines or dynamic wrinkles. In addition, lack of sleep, stress, and long hours in front of a computer monitor can contribute to puffy, tired looking eyes.
Be aware that other health factors can play a role in developing premature wrinkles including smoking, excess sun exposure, tanning beds, and the use of poor quality makeup products. Be sure to identify and deal with any lifestyle factors that might be contributing to puffy bags and under-eye wrinkles in addition to searching for effective remedies. Any successful remedy will perform better when you take away the forces that helped cause the problem in the first place.
Reducing Puffy Bags and Wrinkles
It is important to create a skin care routine specially designed for areas of sensitive skin due to the delicate tissues and the dehydration factor. It is also extremely important to take special care to make sure that any products you are using are safe for use around your eyes.
When cleansing the skin in this area, look for products containing oil bases or lipids which gently dissolve away make up and add moisture to the surrounding skin. This can help keep pores clean and keep impurities from building up and leading to more significant issues over time. Avoiding the use of a toning product in the eye area as this can cause further dryness and dehydration.
The use of a moisture-rich eye cream is recommended, but be careful to use one aimed at the level of aging or dehydration which you have, as over use of a heavy or unctuous cream can cause the formation of white heads as the oily product becomes trapped. If you have a tendency to experience puffy bags or dark circles, try using a cold pack to promote circulation along with a few slices of fresh cucumber as a quick fix. If you need a more long-term solution, there are several products on the market designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles. A good hydrating cream along with a change in lifestyle that involves getting adequate nightly sleep and constructive stress reduction is the most effective way to get rid of puffy eyes.
Popular Products and Treatments
Puffy Eye Creams and Wrinkle Treatments
Regular use of specific eye products such as masks, creams, and specialized eye treatments at home or in salon will help to ease dehydration and eliminate any specific lines and wrinkles that are bothering you. Look for products and treatments which contain ingredients such as collagen, elastin and water based ingredients as they will moisturize and hydrate the area, and added ingredients such as licorice, coffee and green tea derivatives which help stimulate circulation and the production of free radical scavengers.
Any product for puffy eyes that helps to stimulate circulation and blood flow around the eye area will be helpful. For improving under eye wrinkles and crow's feet, focus on rich hydration and ingredients such as Argireline or Matrixyl 3000 that have a track record of relaxing facial tension and reducing wrinkles. My personal favorite is a product called Eye Wonder by Vasanti. It does a fantastic job of brightening up the eyes and clearing up puffiness and dark circles while firming up wrinkles.
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