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Notes On…Eye Care Pt 2

My philosophy on skincare is simple, prevention is always best. The skin around our eyes is ultra delicate and usually the first area to show signs of ageing. This is due to the skin being much finer with very few oil glands to keep the skin supple and trap water. As we age we also start to lose volume, and expression lines become more static. To compensate for the lack of oil I apply a nourishing eye cream or hydrating serum to keep the area supple and moist, preventing fine lines, dehydration and creases.

At night I often use a retinoid based eye treatment to gently slough away built up dead cells and debris and promote collagen to plump and fortify the skin. By gently exfoliating this area with a retinol or aha specifically designed for the sensitive skin around our eyes we ensure better penetration of serums, creams and hydrators along with radiance and luminosity as fresh, plump skin cells reflect light better!

During the day layer an antioxidant serum underneath a broad spectrum SPF to effectively protect this delicate skin from UV and environmental damage. And don’t forget to wear sunglasses to prevent unnecessary squinting.

When choosing your eye cream look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for plumping and hydration and ceramides to lock in moisture. Retinol to stimulate cell turnover and collagen production. Vitamin C for maintaining elasticity, brightening and preventing free radical damage. Peptides to stimulate collagen and reinforce the skin and Vitamin E is great for moisture as well as soothing dry irritated skin and protecting against harmful free radicals.Try to avoid synthetic fragrance and fragrant plant oils as these types of ingredients can irritate the delicate eye area – not to mention your eyes.
For those that prefer natural ingredients, look out for rosehip oil and aloe vera for nourishment and hydration. Blueberry extract and CoQ10 for fighting free radicals, arnica and caffeine for depuffing and vitamin K, liquorice root and willowbark for brightening.