Your Eyes, and what they say about YOU
Forget mood stones. People tend to read your mood by looking at your eyes. You also tend to do the same. Think about it:
‘You wake up, clean your face, and start applying your creams and make up. You notice that you are looking tired and aged. This instantly turns your mood south and you end up feeling the way you look.’
Sounds familiar? I am not going to pretend that your eyes are the only problem. Dull and rough complexion, pigmentation, acne etc. all play a role in how you look and are perceived by others. The difference is, your eyes make the biggest impact. It is one of the most important ways of communication. There are many things that can impact the eye area, but also a few things we can do to help prevent these concerns and help improve the overall appearance. Common concerns around the eyes are:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dark circles
- Dryness and dehydration
- Sunken look
These are all concerns that you can address with home care and/or professional treatments. Let’s have a look at these concerns and what can be done for them.
Fine lines and wrinkles form over time due to environmental stressors, collagen degradation, harsh products and cleaning techniques around the eyes etc. Always make sure you wash with gentle soaps and make up removers around the eyes and pat it dry. Don’t wipe. The same goes for applying your eye cream. Dab it on, don’t’ rub it in. The skin around the eye is very delicate and thin, and needs to be treated with extra TLC. There are also eye creams and treatments that stimulate collagen and elastin production to help improve the wrinkle length and depth. Make sure you use a quality product that will be delivered into the skin and not just sit on top of it.
Dark circles can either be due to poor circulation around the eye area, a lack of vitamins or minerals within the body or pigmentation that has formed over time. It is crucial to find out what the true cause is before treating this, otherwise you might just be wasting your money on a products and treatments that won’t treat your concern.
Puffiness can be due to many factors like, lack of good sleep, allergies to medication or actives in your skin care, stress, too much salt in your diet, sinus problems, dehydration etc. The most important thing is to see a doctor to determine the cause of this concern. While treating it temporarily might be soothing and decrease the puffiness, a permanent solution should be obtained.
Dryness and dehydration are also very common concerns around the eye area. This can be a result off poor water intake, lack of essential fatty acids within the body, collagen degradation, overuse of actives or medical treatments, compromised skin barrier etc. There are many things that can improve this concern, without you necessarily seeing a doctor. You can strengthen the barrier of your skin by using high quality skin care. This should preferably contain anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid. Also make sure you drink enough water. You can consult your doctor to see if you need to add an essential fatty acid supplement.
Your eyes start to look sunken as you age or loose lots of weight. That is because your body’s natural fat pads decrease as we age. We also loose bone mass as we age resulting in the widening of your orbital bone. The next thing that happens is your eyes start to sink in deeper. Dermal fillers are widely used to return some volume using hyaluronic acid by the eye area, thus returning some of the lost support. This treatment also helps to improve fine lines, wrinkles and dehydration.
Milia starts showing when keratin becomes trapped under the skin. It looks like a small little whitehead and can form around the eye area, among others. They are also very difficult to extract and can form scarring and pigmentation if not extracted correctly. They don’t always go away on their own. That is when you can treat it with exfoliating products and treatments like, chemical peeling and extractions, retinol’s, glycolic acid-based skin care, scrubs and masks etc.
You don’t have to walk around thinking there’s nothing to be done about these concerns. You can treat all of them with the help of your doctor and skin care therapist.
My last non-medical life tip: Wake up and find something beautiful in every day, something that you are grateful for. Try to smile more. By taking care of your mental health, you can help improve your mood, which might just add that sparkle in your eyes.
Written by Danike Bouwer
©The Aesthetics Centre November 2018