La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Perfection à Porter, $180
We know what you're thinking. You're in your early twenties and eye cream is the last thing on your mind. But trust us, make it a priority, now. Ageing is all about prevention rather than cure, and the earlier you start, the better (and younger!) you will look in the future.
We've all heard (and maybe even made) the common complaints about crow's feet, bags, puffy eyes and dark circles. And we bet now we've mentioned it, you know what we're talking about. All of these things are sure-fire signs of premature ageing and completely common to start seeing from your early twenties, on. Stress less though, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent it, but first you need to know why it happens. . .
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the face and the driest, as there is less oil glands there, meaning a slower bounce back from environmental damage like the sun and damage due to facial expressions like squinting or blinking. Think about it, we blink over 1500 times a day, so it makes sense that your eyes need a little extra TLC, right?
But isn't your face cream enough? Put simply, no. Face creams are often too thick for the eye area. Plus your eyes absorb product upwards, so face cream that is not sensitive enough for this area will irritate your eyes. That's also why you need to be careful when applying eye cream. It should be dabbed on with your ring finger, just along the bone of your eye socket, so when absorbed upwards it stops just before your lash line. Any closer and you'll know about it! Always remember to remove your makeup too, otherwise panda eyes are accentuated with the extra moisture, and no one wants that!
As a general guide, bags are caused by hereditary factors, allergies, water retention, sleep etc. Look for calming ingredients like cucumber and chamomile and anti-inflammatories to soothe.
Dark circles are generally thanks to genes, congestion, stress, poor blood circulation and pigmentation. Increase your circulation by tapping your fingers along the bone of your eye socket and up to the end of your brows and choose eye creams with a roller ball applicator. This will help to get the blood flowing, plump skin and also feel nice and cooling. Look for vitamins C and K to brighten skin, hydroquinone, caffeine and antioxidants.
If you are noticing, (or wanting to prevent), fine lines and wrinkles, opt for products that contain hyaluronic acid, ceramides, peptides, vitamins A, B and E as well as CoEnzyme Q10.
Quite often, we might have a mix of all of these, and in that case, treat what troubles you the most. All the ingredients mentioned will help your cause and the main thing to remember in our 20s is to hydrate the eye area. Do that and anything else is a bonus!
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