The eyes are said to be the window to the soul and can tell us a lot about our wellness and health. They can also tell us about our age, being one of the first places on the face to show signs of ageing.
I have chosen three of the most common ‘eye’ worries that people ask me about at my clinic: Dark Circles, puffy eyes and crows feet. Let’s find out more:
1: Dark circles: can make us look tired and older than our years but its not just lack of sleep that causes them.
- Age: Our skin around our eyes becomes thinner as we age due to a loss of fat and collagen. The thinner skin makes the bluish vessels under the eyes more prominent.
- Tip: Look for collagen boosting eye creams to strengthen the skin. Retinol, which is a Vitamin A derivative, is the superstar of anti-ageing and great for boosting collagen and smoothing eye lines. Other skin boosting ingredients to look for in your eye creams include hyaluronic, niacinamide and vitamin K, which are great for hydrating the skin around the eyes and reducing dark circles.
- Sun exposure: UVA/UVB rays can be harmful for the skin, especially around the delicate eye area. Sunlight can also increase the natural pigmentation of the skin which makes the dark circles even darker.
- Tip: Wear SPF protection daily and make sure you wear sunglasses when exposed to the sun.
- Dark circles are also worsened by dehydration, smoking, caffeine and alcohol.
- Tip: prevention is better than cure. Cut out those panda eye inducing factors
2: Puffy eyes:
Puffy eyes are caused by a build-up of fluid around the eyes. whilst some degree of puffiness can be normal it can also suggest an underlying problem such as an allergy to your skin products or makeup and even hay fever .
Tip: treat allergy induced puffiness with an over the counter antihistamine such as cetirizine daily.
- Nasal congestion: if you have a blocked up nose or sinus congestion this can lead to a build-up of fluid around the eyes. Try a decongestant nasal spray to reduce the puffiness.
- Salt: water retention in the body and around the eyes can be caused by salt in our diet.
- Tip: don’t add salt to your foods and look for low salt content on your food labels
- Alcohol: Like salt, alcohol can increase water retention around the eyes.
- Tip: limit alcohol consumption and aim to have no more than 1-2 units per day ( < 14 units per week) as a female and 2-3 units per day as a male (< 21 units per week).