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How to Care for the Skin around your Eyes

Updated on August 26, 2014

The texture of the skin around your eyes isn’t like the skin on the rest of your face. It is thinner and a lot softer. This is one of the reasons why it is more prone to wrinkling. The skin in this area is also affected by your moods and sleep patterns. Hence, it is imperative that you care for the skin around your eyes. Caring for your skin now will go a long way in delaying the formation of wrinkles and keeping puffiness and dark circles at bay. Here are a couple of tips to help you better care for this sensitive area:

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Use a hydrating cream to moisturize you skin:

When your skin is dry, the chances of it losing its elasticity when pulled or rubbed is greater. This will lead to loose, baggy skin in the long run. To keep your skin soft and supple, it’s important that you moisturize it daily. Moisturizing serums are perfect for this purpose as they provide sufficient hydration and nourishment. Overnight eye gels and eye roll-ons are other good options to try out. The Body Shop has a range of wonderful products for your eyes. The best part about The Body Shop eye care products is that they are organic, and therefore, completely safe for your skin. Check out these eye care products here: The Body Shop

Wear sunglasses/sunscreen while stepping outdoors:

Squinting repeatedly is one of the biggest and surest causes of wrinkles. This mostly happens when we expose our eyes to sunlight. Also, UV rays are known to damage skin cells and accelerate the formation of wrinkles and lines. So, to shield your eyes from sunlight, always slip on a pair of sunglasses when stepping outdoors. It also helps to slather sunscreen on your face, especially on the area around your eyes as this will protect your skin from being damaged by harmful UV rays. Opt for a sunscreen that has SPF 15 and above.

Treat the area around your eyes to Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is the magic ingredient you absolutely should treat the area around your eyes to. A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E neutralizes the oxidizing effect of UV rays, thereby reducing signs of sun damage and discolouration. It also repairs and rejuvenates tired and worn out skin cells, reducing wrinkles, fine lines and age spots in the process. To get you daily dose of Vitamin E, stack up on Vitamin E enriched eye creams. The Body Shop offers a nourishing eye cream that is fortified with this wonder Vitamin. To know more about this product, visit this link: Vitamin E Eye Cream

Cool the area around your eyes from time to time:

Sometimes, the area around your eyes feel hot, especially if you’ve been straining your eyes too much by pulling long hours or spending too much time in front of screens. This means that your eyes are stressed out and need rest. Apart from indulging in a restful nap, what you also can do is apply a cooling pack on your eyes or slices of cucumber. This also helps reduce puffiness or swelling around the eyes. Cucumber slices also moisturize and rejuvenate the area around your eyes, helping reduce wrinkles and dark circles.

Avoid pulling or rubbing the skin around your eyes:

The texture of the skin around your eyes isn’t like that on the rest of your face. It is a lot thinner and softer. As a result, even a bit of pressure results in it being pulled and tugged. Hence, we need to be extra gentle when dealing with this area, especially when we are wiping off makeup or washing our face. Always use a makeup remover to cleanse the area around your eyes instead of wiping or rubbing makeup off with a tissue or cloth. Also, avoid rubbing your eyes when you’re tired as this too will stretch and loosen the skin around your eyes.

With these tips, you're sure to enjoy smooth, firm, healthy-looking skin around your eyes.


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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      @ DDE: Glad to know this article proved to be helpful and thank you for stopping by.

      @Flourish: Thank you for your kind words. Yes, by refraining from squinting, you have half the job done!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I find vitamin E to be especially helpful and to avoid squinting. It's such delicate tissue. Good advice.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I learned something new especially about rubbing around the eyes.