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How to care for your eyes

Eyes are arguably one of our most important features, often described as ‘windows to the soul’ they display expressions and emotions central to our individuality. Therefore it is very important to take proper care of skin around the eyes. The presence of bags, bulges, wrinkles and dark circles can make us appear tired, sad and unwell. Did you know that the skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face? As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and becomes even thinner due to a breakdown of collagen. This can be further accelerated by sun exposure, smoking, and other environmental exposures. The skin of the eye contour is constantly moving creating fine lines, as we blink or squint but stress can also affect the eye area and contribute to the appearance of crows feet. Under eye puffiness can be exacerbated by salty foods, allergies and internal dehydration. Rubbing and tugging of the delicate skin under the eye due to allergies, crying, eye makeup removal and insertion and removal of contact lenses can contribute to sagging of the area.
The skins elasticity is similar to a rubber band – constant tugging and pulling eventually results in a loss of elasticity. Additionally the tissue around the eyes has very few oil glands so it lacks the natural moisture present on other parts of the body and therefore doesn’t spring back to place like other areas of the face.
Caring for the skin around the eyes is a delicate process. Because it is thinner, it not only tends to be the first place to show signs of ageing, but it is also is more sensitive. Therefore, extra care needs to be taken when choosing your skincare products for this area. Products that contain gentle, non-irritating compounds that reduce the appearance of wrinkles (exfoliants), along with a wide range of vitamins, antioxidants, and skin-plumping substances are ideal choices. Products containing AHA’s are fantastic for keeping the skin around our eyes hydrated and healthy. AHAs speed up the cell turnover in the skin resulting in a softer and smother epidermis, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helping to slow down the appearance of ageing. Priori Advanced AHA Smoothing Eye Serum contains an LCA Complex (pH correct Lactic Acid and essential vitamins A, C, E and Pro-A) with hexapeptide which will restore moisture and firmness to the eye area through the use of AHAs, leaving the skin with a more youthful and radiant appearance. It is the perfect introductory eye cream, it feels lightweight and gives and instant awakening effect on the eye area.

A guide on how best to apply and use your eye cream:

  • Don’t be as heavy-handed with your eye cream as you might be with your moisturiser. Use your finger tips to TAP in sideways motions along the bone around the eye area or eye socket. Even better if you can use your ring finger to do this as the muscles in this finger are generally weaker so they’re not likely to pull or rub on this delicate area.
  • Applying your eye cream at the wrong stage of your skincare routine can be detrimental. It is important to ensure your cream is absorbed properly so it can work under the surface. A general rule of thumb is to apply your skincare from the lightest product to the heaviest, that way the heavier products can penetrate through the lighter ones to be properly absorbed. So if your eye cream is rich and denser than your moisturiser, you should apply it last. If it’s lighter than your serum, apply it before.
  • Don’t over do the eye cream. An amount approximately the size of a grain of rice is perfect. If you’re massaging this in and there is still excess, reduce the amount you’re using.
  • When applying your eye cream it’s important not to neglect certain areas of the eye that are prone to ageing. The corner of your eye extending out to your temple is where crow’s feet will occur so don’t be afraid to use all the way out to just before the hair line.
  • Be careful to avoid applying your cream too close to your actual eye. The cream will travel during the day as your skin heats up and can seep into your eye.
  • Putting your eye cream in the fridge is great way to de-puff eyes swiftly in the mornings and it will feel even better when the warm weather sets in.
  Check out some of our Anti-Ageing Eye Treatments and give your eyes a bit of TLC. Contact our Skin Therapists if you would like to know more about how to care for your eyes.

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