As your eyes take in the world around them, they are bombarded by the elements. Because of the delicate nature of the skin around the eyes, they are more susceptible to bags, pouches, dark circles, and wrinkled tissue than the rest of your face. If you want to turn back the hands of time, start with your eyes.
Though our eyelid is designed to protect our eyes, this tissue is extremely thin and fragile, and becomes more so as we age. All ocular tissues are fragile and are much thinner than other facial tissue, which is why it is in the eye tissue that we first see the signs of stress, tiredness, illness, or accumulation of UV sunlight.
Protection is first and foremost. Sunscreens and sun blocks are not all created equal. Cream concentrates may be allright for your face, but are not intended for your delicate eye tissues. To date there are only two companies with protection made solely for these tissues: Colorescience and Shiseido. Protecting your eye tissue from the sun is one of the most important things you can do to keep it looking younger longer.
UV Protective Lenses
We live in a community where outdoor sports are popular. If you are a skier, snow border, or enjoy other activities in high elevations, be aware that up there UV light is more intense. It’s double trouble: not only are you absorbing UV light from the sun, the reflection of the rays back from the snow hit your eyes a second time. Remember also that UV light penetrates cloud coverage.
Protective lenses that absorb and block the UV light are one of the strongest defenses against damage around the fragile eye tissues. Damage to your eyes and eye tissues is a high price to pay for fashion, so consult with your ophthalmologist, optometrist, or optician – they will provide the correct UV lens for your lifestyle.
Treatment and Care
The thin and fragile nature of the skin around the ocular area demands specific eye care products. The molecules of facial creams are too fat to penetrate the fine composition of eye tissue. Eye gels are best since only they can penetrate and decongest this area effectively.
Also remember that the eye products that a friend uses may not be best for you and to consult a professional licensed esthetician or dermatologist. Whether you think of them as “the windows to the soul” or use them as the canvas for your eye shadow, our eyes are the focal point of the face. So if you want to reduce the signs of time, start with those eyes!
Margie Carr is a California State Board Licensed Clinical Esthetician and owner of Reflections Skin Oasis.