The skin around the eyes is nine times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face. This makes it the most delicate — not to mention the most wrinkle-prone — part of the face. Protecting this sensitive skin is essential, as dull eyes can make you look significantly older than you really are. Here are a few tips to help you do so.
Minimize sun damage
Wearing sunscreen (SPF 30 or above) on a daily basis is crucial for not only protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, but also staving off wrinkles. Likewise, donning sunglasses with a UV protection factor can help to prevent squinting in bright environments.
Select the right eye cream
Choose an eye cream with dimethicone or hyaluronic acid to fill crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes. However, if you find that your eye cream causes redness or irritation, consider switching formulas, as chronic irritation can weaken skin and thus speed up the aging process.
Apply a cool compress
Daily tasks such as working behind a computer screen or constantly using a smartphone can put a lot of pressure on the eyes, thus leading to unflattering puffiness. To reduce this pressure, place a cold compress on the eyes and let them rest for 10-20 minutes. These can be chilled cucumber slices, black tea bags that have been steeped in cool water, or the back of a spoon that’s been cooled in the fridge.
Break bad habits
Bad habits, such as frequently rubbing your eyes, not removing your makeup at the end of the day, and consuming an excessive amount of alcohol can contribute to eye bags. For healthy, youthful eyes, avoid these activities.
Get enough sleep
Your sinus cavities are located directly below your eyes and drain during sleep. Lack of sleep prevents the sinuses from draining properly, creating swollen eyes and dark circles. Do your eyes (and mind) a favor and get enough rest every night.