Our society is obsessed with looking younger. Products, surgeries, and even miracle teas are all aimed at making us look like a less-ancient version of ourselves. How much is too much, though? When should we begin using anti-aging products? Specifically, is a separate eye cream really necessary, and do you really need to start using preventative eye cream in your 20’s? In short, yes!
The skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. On top of that, the muscles and skin around your eyes are constantly in use. When we smile, blink, or otherwise gesture, the muscles around our eyes are activated. While we may not think much of this on a daily basis, years of talking, gesturing, and more can cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop under and around the eyes. Starting an eye care regimen in your early age can help to preserve a youthful appearance as you get older. Preventative eye cream packed with vitamins and minerals are great ways to hinder the onset of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and bags under your eyes.
Facts About Skin Around the Eyes
- The skin around the eyes tends to be drier than the skin on other parts of the face. That’s because the eye area lacks oil glands that help hydrate the skin.
- As you age, skin loses collagen and elastin, making the already thin skin around the eyes even thinner.
- The area around your eyes is home to many capillaries. A buildup of fluid can lead to puffiness. Allergies and sinus problems can further increase puffiness.
- Traditional Chinese medicine associates the area around the eyes with the kidneys. This view says that dark circles and puffiness around the eyes is indicative of toxic overload.
Why women should start using preventative eye cream starting in their 20’s
Now that you’re no longer in the acne phase of life, your skincare regimen should be smooth sailing, right? Think again. Wrinkles can start setting in during your 20s. As such, women should start using their best anti aging eye cream starting in their 20’s.
As mentioned before, the skin around the eyes is almost ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. As such, it is prone to damage and wrinkles and the first area to show signs of aging. Many preventative eye cream contain ingredients that are likely found in your everyday facial moisturizer.
However, keep in mind that the most important part of any facial beauty regimen is sunscreen. Using sunscreen on a daily basis works to prevent premature aging. The SPF in your daily facial moisturizer is fine if you’re just going to work, but if you plan on spending a good amount of time outdoors, you should be wearing SPF 30 or above.
Another mistake that women make when it comes to eye care is over exfoliating. Many people will use scrubs, cleansers, and serums that are just too rough and aggressive on the skin, damaging the skin barrier’s natural function, resulting in irritation. During your 20’s, skin cells reproduce easily on their own, so limit exfoliation to a maximum of twice per week. Save the daily exfoliation for later on in life, when cell turnover is not as easily stimulated.
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Do I really need a separate eye cream?
While eye creams do contain some of the same ingredients found in facial moisturizers, they are not created equally. Eye creams tend to be thicker and contain more oil than regular facial lotion. They often have a lot more active ingredients aimed at targeting problems that are common around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is fragile. It is more prone to dryness and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement can also hasten the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and the collection of fluids under the eyes, causing puffiness and dark circles.
There are several things to look for when purchasing an eye cream. One of the main things is ingredients that won’t irritate the eyes. Fragrances, alcohol, and some plant oils are known to irritate and bother the delicate eye area. Humectants are essential ingredients in eye creams. Humectants promote the retention of moisture, and some of the most popular ones are glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and squalene.
Retinol is another key ingredient in moisturizers. It is derived from vitamin A and stimulates cell turnover and the production of collagen. Thus, it helps to strengthen the skin and reduce complexion imperfections such as sun spots and fine lines. However, retinol can be overly drying, and it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so look for retinol only in a nighttime eye cream.
Something else to consider when purchasing an eye cream is the packaging. Antioxidants, which are an integral part of any eye cream, deteriorate with repeated exposure to air and sunlight. Look for preventative eye cream in opaque tubes or pump bottles. Light and air-blocking packaging preserve the effectiveness of the moisturizer’s ingredients. Additionally, you won’t constantly be touching (and perhaps contaminating) the eye cream.
Words of Wisdom Regarding Anti-Aging Products
Avoid using preventative eye cream products with the words “lifting and firming” at age 20, warns Dr. Marko Lens, a dermatologist and founder of skincare brand Zelens MD. These products stimulate collagen production and cell turnover by signaling a heavy concentration of peptides. For someone in their 30’s or 40’s, this is great. However, increased collagen production and cell turnover will likely lead to major irritations in a 20-year-old by putting your skin cells into overdrive.
Products containing glycolic acid are also a no-no. These products supposedly clarify the skin but actually peels the skin, giving it a burnt appearance. Ew. Glycolic acid also inhibits normal cell function and leads to dull, dead skin over time.
Experts recommend incorporating anti-aging products into your beauty regimen around age 25—incorporating, not creating an entire anti-aging regimen. Dr. Lens states that you should definitely be using an preventative eye cream, even if you don’t see any problems around the area.
This is a guest post by Kaila Yu
One of the founder of Nylon Pink which love to share all thing about travel, beauty, lifestyle and women’s empowerment.