With age comes wisdom. It would be nice if age stopped there, but no, it went on to ask, what else can come with me? How about these eye bags? And maybe these wrinkles, too?
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, the skin around the eye is more thin and delicate than the rest of the skin on our face. Additionally, we don’t have the oil glands around the eyes that we do in other areas. This makes that skin more prone to wrinkles and a crepey appearance. An eye cream can help address that.
While some people don’t have to deal with dark circles or bags under eyes, it’s quite common as we get up there in years to experience one or the other, or at least notice a change in tone and texture. As we get older, the skin tissue weakens, as do the muscles underneath them. This can lead to sagging skin, and the appearance of more fine lines around the eye area.
If you’re just a wee lass and already have dark circles or puffiness around your eyes, you’re not alone. Even young people can experience some of these unwanted symptoms. Bags under your eyes can also be the result of diet, sleep habits, and allergies. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, or have too much salt in your diet, you may need to switch things up. If you have allergies that cause puffy or tired eyes, you should keep on top of your medication and see where you can lessen your exposure to the allergens that trigger a reaction. Using an eye cream can also help treat that sensitive skin around the eye area.
Whatever age you are or skin type you might have, there are ways to address puffy eyes and the like. Certain skincare ingredients can help reduce the appearance of these imperfections and help calm the under-eye area. Let’s go through some of those ingredients and the eye creams that contain them, as well as other important tips to keep your eyes looking wide-awake and wonderful.
1. Moisture is a must in an eye cream
The best eye creams can help address under eye bags as well as dark circles and the change in texture that comes with loss of firmness. Eye creams will often contain humectants, like glycerine or propylene glycol, to deal with the dryness that exacerbates skin issues. Humectants have properties that allow them to form hydrogen bonds with water molecules and draw moisture to the top layer of skin. Because the water can be drawn away from deeper layers in the skin, many creams contain ingredients considered occlusives. Lanolin and petrolatum are examples of occlusives, which limit water loss by creating an oil or lipid barrier on the skin.
Maintaining your skin moisture balance is critical to every subsequent step in your beauty routine. If you don’t first address dryness or skin dehydration, you’ll encounter problems later on. By the time you get to makeup application you may be dealing with a cracked canvas, and unable to paint the masterpiece you planned. So for the best results, make sure you are getting enough moisture.
Using an eye cream is only part of the equation. For your skin’s thirst to be quenched, you’ll also need to stay hydrated yourself. Drink plenty of water, and when you do drink alcohol or consume a lot of salt, remember to balance it out with H2O. Since eye bags can be a result of fluid retention, you want to flush out your body so that the foods you consume with high salt content don’t have the last word.
2. Count on collagen in your eye cream or eye gel
Collagen is a protein that provides structure and enables elasticity in your body, and accounts for a large percentage of the content of your skin. Since our body produces less and less collagen as we age, we have to do what we can to replace or restore it. You may be able to take supplements, or see if it’s in an eye cream or other skincare product you can incorporate in your routine. Collagen, and collagen-stimulating agents can work to improve the look and feel of the skin under your eyes, and in fact, your entire face.
To beat back those eye bags and keep your skin looking soft and supple, try Viviane Woodard’s Eye Renue Complex anti-aging eye cream. It has natural herbal extracts that protect delicate skin around the eyes. This eye gel checks off all the boxes on bringing moisture to the skin, with ingredients like sodium hyaluronic, aloe vera, and cucumber extract. And last, but not least, it also contains retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), which can help firm skin while reducing puffiness.
For all of the reasons above, it’s one of the best eye creams out there, and also one of the best options as far as our furry friends are concerned. All Viviane Woodard products are cruelty-free, so you can be the bright eye to their bushy tail. Or something like that. Either way, your eye puffiness problems will be reduced right along with your worries about Thumper and company. That’s an eye cream that can make you feel good for many reasons!
3. An eye cream that’s like tea time for tired eyes
Enjoying tea time generally means a much-needed break in your day that allows you to reset and refresh. Well, tea isn’t only for sipping, it seems. Your skin can also use a reboot sometimes. Many of the best eye creams contain antioxidants like aloe vera, vitamin A, and yes, black tea or green tea. Antioxidants are important in skincare, and critical in an eye cream. They fight free radicals, which wreak havoc on skin over time.
Free radicals damage the skin when they try to grab an extra electron from other molecules. It negatively impacts our skin’s DNA which accelerates the aging process and leads to other harmful effects. So, similar to how oxidation occurs and causes metal to rust, pollution and other environmental offenders (like the sun’s ultra-violet rays) can cause damage to our bodies. We see you, Tin Man, we get it. And just like the Tin Man needed his oil, we humans have our own needs. Instead of that oil can, it’s eye cream.
An eye cream that contains a broad spectrum of antioxidants can help reduce swelling and some of the more subtle effects of damage done by free radicals. Vitamin A and Green Tea Extract can accelerate the de-puffing process. Antioxidants in an eye cream or eye serum help reduce swelling as you soothe it on the surface. This means you will likely notice a decrease in fine lines and eye puffiness.
The caffeine in green and black tea can also de-puff the eye puffiness. It helps keep skin taut by constricting blood vessels in the sensitive tissue under the eye. This aids in reducing puffiness and inflammation. You could also use tea bags as a cold compress to treat under-eye bags. It’s bags for bags, how about that? It’s also one of the best eye treatments as far as cost is concerned. If you’re able to find time for a tea break, you have options.
Find more information about your eye cream or eye serum, and be sure to see if it has antioxidants. If not, you might want to check out Viviane Woodard’s Advanced Anti-Aging Night Cream, which harnesses the power of these free-radical fighting ingredients.
4. Peptides can pep up your peepers
Peptides are short chains of amino acids. Typically, they are differentiated from proteins by their shorter length, but are building blocks of proteins like collagen and elastin, which are foundational for your skin’s texture and elasticity. You are likely to find peptides like Argireline and Matrixyl 3000 in an anti-aging eye gel, cream, or serum.
Since acetyl hexapeptide-3 doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, you can call it by its brand name, Argireline. This peptide has been known to decrease the appearance of fine lines. While eye creams can’t duplicate the results of more invasive procedures like cosmetic surgery or Botox, Argireline reportedly relaxes muscles so that fine lines on the eye area aren’t formed as easily in the first place. The subtle difference in intensity when moving the muscles in the face can impact the depth of the wrinkles, so that over time the more relaxed micro movements will mean fewer wrinkles.
Argireline also aids in the creation of small blood vessels that stimulate fibroblasts and nourish skin tissue. Because this leads to the production of collagen as well, it can help get rid of some excess baggage, if you will. In other words, it means it may work for de-puffing purposes, too.
Palmitoyl-pentapeptide 3 is another peptide with a virtually unpronounceable name, so most people refer to it as Matrixyl 3000. It is similar to Argireline, in that it also stimulates collagen production and enhances the effectiveness of any skincare product it’s a part of. When you use these peptides it’s like sending in reinforcements for your skin. They provide added elasticity and firmness, which benefits your face.
By now it probably won’t surprise you that we have a great eye cream to recommend, and it happens to be the last one we mentioned. That’s right, Viviane Woodard’s Advanced Anti-Aging Night Cream contains Matrixyl and Argireline, as well as the Green Tea, which we detailed above, touting its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This night cream is a face cream and eye cream in one. You can also layer on an eye serum first if you so choose, or just spend a few days seeing the benefits of this all-over face and eye cream all on its own.
5. Keep an eye out for vitamin C serums
You didn’t think I’d bring up serums without offering up another recommendation, did you? Whether you’re dealing with dark circles, fine lines, or want to de-puff those bags under your eyes, a silky serum with the right ingredients can work wonders. The best serums will be formulated for maximum absorption and feel silky smooth when you spread them on. If that’s not the case with your current product, you may want to make a change and choose something that feels luxurious and makes your face feel revitalized.
You might want to consider a serum that has some collagen boosting abilities as well as antioxidant properties. Vitamin C just so happens to have both of those things. If it were a high school senior, it would probably get voted best all around. I mean, who doesn’t like vitamin C? Pirates? Enough said.
Well, you will find vitamin C and a whole lot more to love in The Best Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer: Vitamin C Restoring Serum, a wonderful product that will be a welcome addition to your skincare routine. It contains the most powerful form of Vitamin C, as well as hyaluronic acid, which both boost collagen production. As mentioned above, collagen improves elasticity, so this is good news for your face. The ingredients in this serum reduce irritation as well, so you might even see some unexpected benefits.
You can use this serum day or night, before you apply your SPF and head out, or before you smooth on your night cream and say adieu to the day and bye to the under-eye bags.
We hope you’re able to apply some of the advice above and find an eye cream that works well for you. And…since sleep may be one of the best ways to reduce eye puffiness and improve troubling skin conditions that affect the eye area, why not see if you can learn a few things from the following video and say your goodbyes to puffy eyes?
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