9 Deceptive Everyday Things That Cause More Harm Than Good

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

It is no secret that the skin around your eyes is tender and needs more attention, love and pampering. It is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your body, and it also has fewer sebaceous glands. Wrinkles tend to emerge quickly and the skin in this area needs more hydration because of this. So, what you need is a comprehensive guide on caring for the delicate skin around your eyes. From removing makeup to addressing any problem the skin may have. Here is everything you need to know about caring for the sensitive skin to make you look younger and prettier. Read on to know them all.

Common Issues With Skin Around The Eyes

The skin around the eyes is prone to several issues, including:

1. Under Eye Circles

Dark under-eye circles are a common symptom of sleep deprivation. But that’s not the only reason why they are there. Dark circles under the eyes can also be caused by not eating properly or underlying health issues.

2. Wrinkles

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Lines and wrinkles naturally appear as we age. Premature skin aging is a sure sign that something is amiss. Wrinkles, a sign of premature aging, can be caused by several things, including but not limited to, overuse of cosmetics, prolonged exposure to sunlight, etc.

3. Raccoon Eyes

Puffy eyes can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, lack of sleep, insufficient rest, fluid retention, etc.

Caring For The Skin Around Your Eyes

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Generally speaking, normal cream should be avoided around the eye area. It is often overly heavy and loaded with unnecessary chemicals. Its use has been linked to under-eye puffiness and discomfort. Using a moisturizer formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes can help prevent unwanted responses. It might be a basic moisturizing lotion, or one designed to treat specific conditions. For instance, consider the following:

  • A caffeine or green tea-infused light gel to reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles.
  • A vitamin C cream to fortify capillaries and ward off early wrinkling.
  • A hyaluronic acid lotion designed to replenish dry skin around the eyes.

Here are some ways you can care for your skin near your eyes.

1. Eliminating Makeup

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Makeup requires a dedicated remover to be properly removed. Make sure it’s hypoallergenic, safe for use around the eyes, and approved by an ophthalmologist. Choose a mascara remover that is designed for waterproof mascara. To remove eye makeup, soak a cotton pad in the remover, place it on your closed eye, and gently wipe away the makeup. Leave it on for one to two minutes, and then use the pad to carefully wipe away any remaining makeup. After you’re done, wash your face with water and repeat the process on your other eye.

2. Wrinkle-Reduction Cream

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Use eye cream twice daily, once during the day and before going to bed. Makeup should be washed off before applying the cream along the brow bone line using gentle patting motions. If you feel like you need to, apply the lotion to your upper lid. After waiting a minute or two to allow the gel or cream to be absorbed by the skin, apply the same cream to the remainder of your face. Some problems can’t be fixed only with cream. There are specially formulated hydrogel patches and compresses that can do the trick. They are similar to eye creams, but with a higher concentration of the active components. To reduce the risk of adverse reactions, special products should be used sparingly (no more than twice weekly) and only when absolutely required.

3. Sun Screen

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It’s important to keep the delicate skin around your eyes out of the sun, especially in the summer and on vacation. When used topically, it damages collagen fibers and exacerbates the look of wrinkles. Sun protection measures include using UV400-rated eyewear and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, that is also UVA/UVB-rated. A thick coating of such a cream must be applied after cleansing but before applying foundation. Do this no later than 15-30 minutes before going outside into the sun.

4. Concealers And Smudging Pencils

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Significant flaws like bags under the eyes, dark circles, & under-eye bags can be concealed with the use of specialized cosmetics (such as concealer). However, they should not be used on the delicate skin around the eyes, since this is not where they were designed to be used and may result in an allergic response. That’s why it’s recommended that you get an eye-specific mask.

So now that you know how to care for the skin around your eyes, nothing can keep you from looking up years younger. Use a light hand while applying masking agents, and pat them in a blending motion along the rim of the orbital bone. Cosmetics should be applied last after the skin has been cleaned, the primary cream applied, and sunscreen applied. So, what is your secret to keeping your eyes bright and beautiful? Let us know in the comments section!

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