It’s annoying when people ask you whether you’retired even when you’re not. Blame it on your eyes. Over time, the skin on our eyelids becomes thinner, more lined, and less toned, creating the impression of fatigue. Here are tips to treat your dull, tired eyes to the best of eye-care products, makeup, home remedies and dermatologist approved solutions. By Eva Pavithran
Whether you’ve seen too many happy hours or had too many salty snacks, puffy lids are the first to let everyone know. Some puffiness is genetic, and no eye cream will erase or reduce it. Medical problems like common cold, allergies and thyroid or kidney disease can also cause bagginess. But if eye bags come and go, fluid retention is probably the cause. Salty dinners, late nights, a cocktail or two can all make your body retain water. As the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the face, the swelling becomes more prominent and noticeable. Avoid spicy or salty food, alcohol and even sleeping on your stomach or face to prevent this from occurring.
Gravity is not always bad. Thanks to its pull, morning facial puffiness is usually gone by lunchtime. Here are a few tricks to speed things up.
HOME FIX:It’s no rocket science that cold constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling. Therefore, puffiness, if not genetic or hormonal, can be reduced with the help of a few simple tricks, such as a chilled eye compress, cold/ice water soaked tea bags or cucumber slices left on the eyelids for five minutes.
SHOPPING LIST:Most of the eye creams have caffeine, an ingredient that has excellent skin tightening properties. Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator, L’Occitane Angelica Eye Roll On or Crabtree & Evelyn Intensive Eye Treatment are excellent options to combat puffiness.
DERMAT APPROVED:Unless it’s hormonal or allergy-induced swelling, the home fixes and sleeping in the correct position (on your back) will prevent this. If the swelling persists, consult an ophthalmologist.
We all know that every time you smile, frown, yawn or squint, the skin around the eyes creases up. Eventually, as the collagen levels diminish, the area just kind of stays scrunched and deeper creases take the place of fine lines. Since we can’t keep a straight face always, start addressing these tiny lines when they first make an appearance.
HOME FIX:Consuming flaxseed oil and omega-3 fatty acid supplements is a great way to fight crow’s feet. An egg white and honey pack will also help reduce the appearance of those lines. Antioxidants like green tea and vitamin C, which help skin retain collagen, are effective wrinkle reducers.
IF YOUR SKIN IS ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE, SWAP VITAMIN A PRODUCTS FOR PEPTIDES, WHICH ARE PROTEINS THAT ALSO STIMULATE COLLAGEN GROWTH.
SHOPPING LIST:Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Lift and Strengthening Eye Capsules, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti- Wrinkle + Firming Eye cream and Clinique All About Eyes eye cream are definitely worth a try.
DERMAT APPROVED:The first is retinol, a vitamin A derivative that rebuilds collagen levels and helps smooth fine lines. If your skin is especially sensitive, swap vitamin A products for peptides (proteins that also stimulate collagen growth). Botox and fillers are other treatments you could try to diminish fine lines.
A good one can hide dark circles and fine lines, and brighten up your peepers and make them look younger.
Primers have filling properties, which may help fill out certain lines and creases temporarily.
The only kind of punch you want anywhere near your eyes is one from a highlighter. It brightens up your
eyes and makes them appear alert.
Most of us would have experienced panda eyes at least once in our lives. When blood vessels show through skin, they can give the eye area a bluish cast. This is unavoidable because skin does become more translucent with age. Dark circles are hereditary and can also be caused by frequent use of harsh cleansers, a poor diet, substance abuse and high levels of emotional stress. Besides this, frequent cold, allergies, hay fever, eczema, asthma and nasal congestion as well as certain cosmetics result in the darkening of the eye area. A less common cause of darkness: post inflammatory hyper pigmentation or clusters of brown pigment that collect undernseath the eyes due to heredity or chronic rubbing (often because of allergies or bothersome contact lenses).
HOME FIX:The tannic acid present in apples lightens the skin tone, whereas the water-soluble vitamins B and C and potassium present provide much-needed nourishment to the delicate skin around the eyes. Take one ripe apple and cut it into thick pieces, and place the slices under your eyes for 30 minutes. Then, wash off with cold water and apply some cream.
SHOPPING LIST:Daily use of any basic eye cream will temporarily plump up skin so blood vessels become less visible. Eye creams have a higher concentration of emollients that plump up the skin. They also have a thicker texture, which makes them adhere to the ever-active eye area. Lancôme Visionnaire Eye Advanced Eye Contour Perfecting Corrector, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, Olay Regenerist Revitalising Eye Cream and Lakmé Youth Infi nity Skin Firming Eye Crème are some of the popular choices out there.
DERMAT APPROVED:There’s a reason why it’s called beauty sleep. Go on snooze mode for at least seven hours to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Well-rested skin is gorgeous skin. Take vitamin C and iron supplements. Use water-based and soap-free cleansers or makeup removers for the eyes. Always moisturise the skin under the eye—the skin is thin and needs to be hydrated frequently. It’s vital to protect your eyes with sunglasses and sunscreen while stepping out, as UVA rays will only increase dark circles. Using creams containing vitamins C, E, and K at bedtime will help reduce the pigmentation under the eyes. Micropulse treatment for the eyes is recommended, as it removes dead skin cells using ultrasound and blue light therapy. This circulation procedure improves congestions and rehydrates the skin, together working as a definitive healing treatment. This treatment is known to dramatically reduce wrinkles, smoothen fine lines, and puffy eye bags and dark circles. Glycolic and arginine peels also help in reducing the dark circles. Resistant pigmentation under the eyes can be treated with Q switched Nd Yag laser too. Finally, the best treatment for sunken eyes is a hyaluronic acid filler injection.
ALWAYS MOISTURISE THE SKIN UNDER THE EYE—THE SKIN IS THIN AND NEEDS TO BE HYDRATED FREQUENTLY.
Dr Jaishree Sharad, dermatologist
Dr Geeta Oberoi, dermatologist
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NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR
OPHTHALMOLOGIST/DERMATOLOGIST BEFORE UNDERGOING ANY TREATMENT.