How to care for eyes as we age
The eyes are one of the first areas of our body to show signs of ageing. As well as vision problems – hello optometrist and ophthalmologist visits, contact lenses, glasses and even cataract or laser surgery! – externally, the skin also begins to undergo changes as we grow older.
A lifetime of laughing, smiling, frowning, squinting and being surprised takes its toll on the eye area (after all, this part of the body is pivotal in facials expressions and the way we communicate), particularly when it comes to the development of wrinkles and fine lines.
What signs of ageing can I expect to see around the eyes?
- Fine lines
- Dark circles
Why do the eyes show signs of ageing so early?
As well as facial expressions (which is completely natural and human!) the skin around the eyes does not produce oil, leaving it prone to dryness. In addition, the skin is very thin, making it susceptible to discolouration, breaking down and looseness. A natural decrease in collagen production as we age weakens the eye tissue, so bluish veins become more visible, and fat in our eyelids slides down, creating a puffy look. For women, going to bed with make-up on can contribute to older looking eyes, as the natural skin cell regeneration process that takes place overnight can be impaired if skin is not completely clean.
To top it all off, these signs of ageing around the eye area can be exacerbated by years of stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, sleep issues and sun exposure.
How can I fight ageing around the eyes?
To promote anti-ageing, prevention is always better than cure – you’re never too young to start using eye cream and SPF on a daily basis, even if there’s no sun exposure to occur that day. But if you’ve already developed significant signs of ageing in the eye area, there is still plenty you can do to halt their appearance.
- Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!
- Improve lifestyle (relaxation, more sleep, better diet and exercise)
- Quit smoking
- Regular facials and massage
- Anti-wrinkle injections
- Use anti-ageing products specific to the eye area. We particularly love SkinCeuticals AGE Eye Complex
What are the benefits of SkinCeuticals AGE Eye Complex?
If you love SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic, retinol or sunscreen (especially here in Australia), you’ll love eye cream.
Free from alcohol and dyes, it combines a complex of flavonoids and peptides with blueberry extract and proxylane (a water-restoring molecule derived from beech wood) to:
- Reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles
- Improve the look of dark circles and puffiness
- Immediately enhance radiance around the eyes
- Restore comfort to dry, ageing skin
In just 12 weeks, studies show an almost 30 per cent amelioration in puffiness, dark circles and skin firmness/elasticity, when used once or twice daily. Simply dot around the orbital bone with your ring finger (after SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel and before Physical UV Eye Defense SPF 50, for best results).
Ozmedica is proud to be an official SkinCeuticals stockist, so come and visit us today to try out the range, or book a free skin consultation with one of our friendly clinicians.