Let's face it; our eyes are one of the first things that get noticed and one of the first things to show our true age. Everyone has at least one problem they'd like to fix. Take a look at these concerns and treatments and discover your eye do's (and don'ts).
Puffiness: There are several things that can cause puffiness such as lack of sleep, poor diet, allergies and certain medications. The most common causes of puffiness are heredity and when your body is retaining water. To help prevent morning puffiness, make sure to get adequate rest, sleep with your head slightly elevated and use a good eye cream. Caffeine, Aloe Vera, Cucumber Extract and Green Tea are ingredients commonly found in eye creams to effectively reduce puffiness.
Dark Circles: If your dark circles are not caused from heredity, some of the best ingredients to look for in an eye cream would be Peptides, Vitamin K, Chamomile, Green Tea and Vitamin C. Peptides and Vitamin K aid in circulation, Vitamin C helps to lighten the area and Chamomile or Green Tea help to calm and soothe the eye area. Getting adequate rest can help to prevent dark circles.
Crow's Feet/Fine Lines: Peptides, Retinoids, Antioxidants and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Peptides help to stimulate collagen. Retinoids and AHAs provide the eye area with exfoliation which also stimulates collagen production. Make sure if you use a product with a Retinol or AHA base that it is specifically for the eye area. Lastly, to prevent further damage it is recommended to find an eye cream with antioxidants and/or SPF. Wear sunglasses when you are out in the sun to avoid squinting, constant creasing can lead to permanent wrinkles.
Loss of Elasticity: There are some eye creams that will help to treat that droopiness, however, surgery may be required to remove extra skin. Helpful ingredients to look for would be firming peptides, Retinoids or Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA). Firming peptides help to tighten up loose skin, Retinoids will help to stimulate collagen production and GABA is similar to botox as far as relaxing facial muscles, but in a topical form. Try not to rub your eyes and be gentle when applying concealer as this can tug at the skin, causing it to lose elasticity. When applying an eye cream, make sure to pat it into the skin instead of rubbing.
Dehydration/Dryness: Several eye creams provide adequate hydration when used appropriately. Some key ingredients include water binding agents such as Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Urea or Amino Acids. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Using a humidifier in the winter months can also help to prevent dryness.