The delicate skin around our eyes is the first to show fine lines and wrinkles. The most significant reason is that it is 5X thinner than the skin on the rest of the face. On top of that, our eyes are constantly working throughout the day, and there are genetic factors that affect the fragility of the skin around that area.
Because of this, it is important to give your eye area extra attention and care.Eye Masks Make It Easy
There are so many great masks on the market specifically for the eye area. They can be used for extra hydration, brightening, tightening and de-puffing. Masks are easy to use and great for travel. Use 2-3x per week. For an extra cooling effect, run an ice cube over the mask. If you don’t have a mask, apply cold cucumber slices, which are calming and brightening.
It can be one specially formulated for your eyes, or it can be one that you use for your face, either works. When applying the product, don’t be afraid to get close to your lash line. Avoid getting it in your eyes, but moisturize both the upper and lower lids.
Manual Massage Is A Must
Using two different application processes, one for the morning and another for the evening, make massage part of your eye product application. As a general rule use your ring finger, the weakest finger for a gentler touch under your eye and the pointer and middle finger on the upper lids for a firmer touch.
Puffiness generally occurs when you first wake up in the morning. Apply the eye cream from the inner corner of the eye to the temples on both the upper and lower lids. Follow with a gentle massage underneath the eye in a wavy motion and down the sides of the face to the base of the neck. This helps drain the excess fluid, de-puffing the area.
In the evening, you can use a circular motion beginning with the inside corner and going outwards and around. You can also grasp the brow muscle with your thumb and pointer finger, pulling it up away from the brow bone for an eye lift.Consistent Sleep is Key
Lack of sleep tends to increase the retention of blood and fluid around the eyes causing dark circles and puffiness. While the amount of optimal sleep varies from person to person, if you aren’t getting enough, you are doing your eyes a disservice.