The under eye area is one of the most delicate parts of your body. Because the skin around your eyes is so much thinner than everywhere else, it is one of the first places to show signs of damage which, if left untreated, can lead to premature ageing.
SkinViva’s Consultant Dermatologist, Dr. Nicole has given us her list of 5 ultimate under eye sins… some of them may surprise you!
It won’t come as a shock that the lengthy list of body parts that smoking will slowly destroy also includes you under eye area. Carbon Monoxide that is contained in the smoke deprives the skin of oxygen, making it look lifeless and dull, whilst the Nicotine teams up with this to restrict your blood vessels and slow down the flow of vital nutrients to your skin, making it look sallow and dry.
Because the area under your eyes is so much thinner and more fragile than elsewhere on your face, it is likely to show these effects more quickly which is why a lot of smokers will have very defined wrinkles under their eyes. And to add insult to injury, smokers are 4 times more likely than non smokers to feel tired and groggy in the morning; this is thought to be due to Nicotine cravings interrupting sleep patterns, which means that not only is a smoker’s under eye area dehydrated,dry and lacklustre… they are also likely to suffer from eyebags and dark circles to boot!
Now this one is fairly obvious. Everyone knows that if you have a few nights of poor sleep, you are likely to have puffy, heavy looking eyes until you have caught up again. But did you know that prolonged periods of sleep deprivation can actually cause permanent damage? When you don’t get enough sleep, your body will produce more of the stress hormone, cortisone which can actually break down the skin’s collagen, making it thin and prone to wrinkles. Over time, the effect of this may be irreversible, leaving you with permanent wrinkles and loose skin under your eyes… so try and make sure that you are getting at least 7 hours a night.
It may sound dramatic but if you are scrimping on your skin care, you are putting yourself at risk of under eye damage. Firstly, using an eyemakeup remover is essential; many people will attempt to remove their eyemakeup by using a makeup wipe but there is a big problem with this, makeup wipes are not intended to remove eye makeup! They are often too dry and do not contain the appropriate ingredients to break down the makeup and remove it effectively. The result of this is that people are scrubbing the delicate skin around their eyes far too roughly which, over a period of time, will contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
Secondly, consider what eye cream you are using because it is in fact possible to overmoisturise your skin! If you suffer from puffy eyes most mornings, you are likely to be retaining water over night and using too much eye cream can actually make the effect of this worse. If you are using more moisturiser than your under eyes need, the excess will be absorbed by the first layer of skin but will then sit in a pool below the surface of the skin, unable to be absorbed or removed. Over time, this pool of unwanted eye cream is likely to contribute to the formation of eye bags. So choose a moisturiser that is appropriate for your skin type.
If your diet is high in salt, you may suffer from a whole range of health problems one of which being dry skin due to dehydration. However, consuming too much salt can also have another unfortunate side effect for your under eyes. Whilst a salty diet can often dehydrate the skin leaving it looking lifeless, it can also cause water retention which is usually the cause of puffy skin in the mornings. As a result of this, prolonged high salt intake can actually cause eye bags as well as dry skin.
Sun protection is a real problem, expecially for people here in the UK. When the sun’s not shining, it can be easy to forget about the harmful UV rays that it brings with it…but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. You can still suffer from skin damage on a cloudy day and should really be applying sun cream every morning to minimise risk.
SPF factors that are found on the bottles of foundation are also very misleading. To achieve the sun protection factor that is advertised on the bottle, you would need to apply a much thicker coat than would be deemed attractive and it would need to be rubbed vigourously into the skin. To keep yourself safe from UV rays, you should ideally apply a layer of sun screen before putting on your foundation every morning, without it you risk developing complications such as sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and even hyperpigmentation and your fragile under eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of damage.
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