We all know that the skin under the eye area is thinner than the face or body. And hence it needs that extra special care so that you don’t develop crow feet, dark circles etc etc…Moreover the collgaen around the eye area degrades faster and there is no oil glands in that area. Also today lifestyles has changed drastically; late nights, smoking, drinking, pollution, extra hours spend on TV, laptop and mobile; all of these creates a lot of stress on our eyes. Result – Puffy eyes, bags, dark circles, crow feet etc.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!!
All those creams available in the market claiming to reduce your dark circles can help you a bit but will never ever in life make your situation reversible. That means you can never get those baby looking eyes back, how expensive or natural the product is. So it is very important to take care of them right from the beginning and include an eye care regime in your daily skin care routine.
WHEN DO YOU START?
You can start as early as the age of 15, because todays teen are no less stressed than adults with exams, late night pubbing, starting on alcohol and smoke early…
Age 15 – 20: Use a gel based eye care product. If you want to go completely natural you can try Aloevera gel.
Age 20 – 35: Go for oil based or cream based care.
Age 35 +: You can keep using the creams and gels plus try botox (though i am not a firm believer of the same.)
What INGREDIENTS should you look for?
- Vitamin A,C& K helps in producing collagen and reducing dark circles
- Avacado & Olive Oil: they are very enriching, moisturising and helps in increasing suppleness
- Aloe Vera: Depuffs, heals & moisturise
- Tea Extracts: They are anti inflammatory and free radicals helps in reducing puffiness & dark circles
- Vitamin E: Act as an emollient which makes skin soft & supple
Some EYE CREAMS I Recommend
- DIY Vit E Eye Cream: It contains vitamin E which makes skin supple and soft plus Eveing primrose oil which is high in GLA and Vitamin C which helps in producing collagen and reducing dark circles.
- Plain Aloe Vera Gel: you can buy aloe gel from the market or make some for yourself. Read my previous blog on how to make home made aloe vera gel.
- Forrest Essential Intensive Eye Cream with Anise. After a lot of research and reviews I decided to use this product (just started with my first bottle) and would review the same in some time. Will add the link here. For the meanwhile you can read about the product @ Forest Essential
WHEN should you APPLY Eye Creams?
You should apply eye cream daily morning and evening along with your skin care routine. It should be applied before a serum and moisturizer and after cleansing and toning. You should ideally wait for 2-5 mins before applying your moisturiser or any make up like concealar, foundation, eyeshadow etc.
HOW should you Apply?
Now this is something no one has ever bothered about and has been applying it the wrong way. But one should know that you need to use the best product and apply it the right way to maximise benefits.
One should use a Q tip or the ring finger after throughly cleaning it. Since the ring finger is the least used and apply minimum pressure on any area. While typing on a keypad also you will realise that you never use your ring finger. Start working on small dots on the obituary of the cheek bone starting from below the tear duct ie inner corner of the eye working towards the outer corner as seen in the image. Then apply the dots on tthe brow bone. Do not apply the cream just below the eye and on eye lids since creams always move an inch with time. Hence the product can get into your eye.
Now comes massaging the product you should not rub or glide the product under your eye or brow bone rather you should pat the same with your ring finger till the product gets throughly absorbed into the skin. Check out the video below from the skin expert on how they recommend doing it. Though I don’t recommend the product listed in the video.
Let me know how do you take care of you eyes.