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How to look after the delicate skin around your eyes

February 16, 2015 by Works with Water
how to care for the skin around your eyes

Did you know that the delicate skin around your eyes can be just one tenth as thick as the skin on the rest of your face? It’s no surprise that it can look inflamed, grey or wrinkled really then, is it?!

Because it’s thinner, the skin around the eye area also doesn’t have as many sebum pores, which means it doesn’t produce as much oil and sweat. Now if you’re suffering with spots or acne you may think this is a good thing, but it actually means the skin is much more likely to get inflamed easily, age quicker than the rest of your face AND show signs that your lifestyle needs an urgent pick-me-up. You’ve probably noticed that after a late night and alcohol it’s your eyes that show the hangover the most!

It’s also true that just because there are less oil glands, you can still suffer from blemishes around your eye area because we’re prone to touching our eyes a lot; women who wear make-up can transfer bacteria to the area and tired, dry eyes can lead to redness and itching that inflames any acne already there.

So what’s the answer? Well, it’s important you take good care of the area, which means you can apply treatments, take natural skin supplements and make changes to your lifestyle to ensure the skin around your eyes makes you look young and refreshed, not tired and well… just REALLY tired!

Don’t over-use eye creams

Many online articles will suggest that applying lots of eye cream will help to replenish the skin around your eyes and prevent wrinkles. Although some formulas are good for pausing signs of ageing, it’s not a good idea to put too many products on this delicate area.

The main reason is that it’s so hard to tell whether your skin will be sensitive to new creams and the ingredients within them; and it’s not just your skin we need to consider here, it’s also how your eyes will react. Some days it may seem like a product sits well on your skin, others could lead to dry eyes and red eyelids. We suggest you pick a product packed with natural ingredients and test a very small amount just below your eyebrow for a few days before you apply it. And when you do apply it, just put some on sparingly. Less really is more in this very delicate part of your face.

Drink lots of water

We’ve given you this advice many times before, but when it comes to the area around your eyes, it really is an important point! Not only will water replenish and hydrate your skin, but it’ll also ensure your eyes have enough moisture, so you can avoid that red, itchy, tired eye look many people get when they don’t drink enough or when they’ve been in air-conditioned buildings for too long.

To make water taste more interesting, add some fruit (we like putting a slice of lemon into our water for an energising zing!) and supercharge your hydration throughout the day with our spot-fighting and skin-clearing soluble skin supplement, help: clear skin.

Get plenty of sleep

If you haven’t been getting enough sleep your skin will look dry, red and sometimes even a little grey and lifeless. And the place it tends to look the worse? Around your eyes! Because this area is so sensitive and the skin itself is so thin, it’s easily affected by lifestyle changes, so to look youthful and refreshed you really need to ensure you’re taking good care of yourself. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night and if you tend to wake up with tired or puffy eyes even when you’re well-rested, then try applying a cooling mask to your eyes upon waking and use an extra pillow to elevate your head and stop fluid collecting in your face, which is what can lead to that dreaded puffy look.

Choose sensitive, natural make-up

Women who tend to use a lot of make-up may notice that using lots of cheap products can lead to tired, itchy eyes and damage to the sensitive skin around their peepers. We recommend picking products that are made from as many natural ingredients as possible. It’s also worth looking out for mascaras and eyeshadows that are described as “sensitive”, as they’re likely to contain less chemicals and be kinder to your skin.

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