Dec 11, 2011

Tips To Take Care of Your Peepers

Tips To Take Care of Your Peepers
The delicate skin around your eyes is much thinner compared to that on the rest of your face, and is subject to repeated stress (did you know that you blink an average of 20,000 times in a day?). This means that the skin framing your eyes is prone to dryness and wrinkles, and is the very first place to show the signs of fatigue and age. Experts claim that people can hide their age by having Botox injections or face lift, but you can still tell their real age by looking at their eyes and the skin around it.
So what are we to do? Don't fret, here's what you can do to maintain your peepers at tiptop condition.

PICK YOUR EYE CREAM, NOW!
It is best to prevent rather than treat; so even if you can't see any wrinkle around your eyes yet, it doesn't mean that you're in the safe. It best to start protecting you eyes as early as possible, so there will be no regrets later.
You should start by choosing an eye treatment that suits your needs. There are numerous brands of skin care regime that offer treatment for the eyes. Recognize the problem of your eyes (is it puffiness? Wrinkles? Dirk circles?), and choose your eye cream accordingly.
The eye treatment is up forms grabs in different from; some offer it in a cream formula, some have it available in gel. Eye therapy in a gel formula is preferable because it can help cool skin on contact. Or, if you're steadfast on the cream formula, you can keep the tub or jar chilled in the fridge before applying it to your eyes, to achieve the same soothing coolness.
What you should remember is that the eye treatment that helps minimize puffiness (a sign of fatigue) can - annoyingly enough hasten the appearance of wrinkles (a sign of ageing), and vice versa. This is because depuffing agents, like caffeine, often work by dehydrating the skin slightly. On the other hand, wrinkle-fighting agents like hyaluronic acid, do their work by hydrating and plumping up the skin, thus causing puffiness.
The solution? According to the problem in your eyes, choose a treatment that targets either puffiness or lines, not both. If, however, you feel that you are experiencing both problems and have to apply two kinds of eye treatments, reserving one for daytime use and the other one for night-time use is a good solution to the dilemma.

APPLY IT RIGHT
Now you know that the skin around the eyes is very thin and sensitive. Keep this: fact in mind every time you apply your eye treatment. Before applying anything, cleanse your skin. The cream and gel would be absorbed better if the skin is damp.
When applying the treatment, always use your pinky finger (the smallest finger) and only apply light and gentle pressures. Never press on your eyeballs. Pat, don't rub, the cream or gel from the outer corner of the eye inwards - excessive cream on the inner eye corners can lead to irritation. Go as close to your lower lash line as possible without touching the tear ducts.
Use only a half pea-size dab on each eye. Any more, and you might just achieve the opposite effect from what you want. Absorbing too much moisture could make your eyes seem bloated.

MASTER THE MORNING REGIME DOWN PAT
It is of great importance that you choose a treatment with SPF of minimal 15. Even those avid sunscreen users among us often forget to slather the SPF to protect their eyes. The sun can be very damaging to your skin, and we especially have to be aware of this fact, considering that we live in a tropical country like Indonesia. Eye skin needs sun protection, too, even more so than the skin on the other parts of your body. If your morning regime eye treatment doesn't have any SPF built in it, after you apply it, wait until it dries and thin cover the area with your facial sunscreen.
What should you look in a daytime eye treatment, aside from SPF? Antioxidants like vitamins C and E are great for day use as they help combat wrinkle-inducing free radicals. And for instantly visible effect on dark circles, look out for formulations with optical skin brighteners like light-reflecting mica.
Check for ingredients in your eye treatment. If it contains retinol or AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), it should be reserved only for night use because those agents can cause oversensitivity to the sun.

OVERNIGHT CARE
Certain firming eye treatments are specifically designed to work at night while you sleep, when cellular metabolic activity is at its peak. Also, now is the right time to use preparations with anti-wrinkle ingredients like retinol and AHAs, which I've mentioned above. And for dark circles under the eyes (which are caused by lack of sleep, hyper-pigmentation and broken blood capillaries), you can opt for formulations with ingredients like retinol (which thickens skin) and vitamin K (which lightens skin).
Some people are allergic to the agents contained in the eye treatment, and report irritation, itch or pain upon application. The bad news is, there's no way of knowing beforehand whether you are allergic to a certain agent. Minimize the risk by easing gradually into the cream - use it only every third night for the first week, then every other night for the next week, and monitor the progress. If you make it to the end of the second week without any complaint, you can now use the treatment every night.

COMBAT PUFFINESS
Often wake up with puffy lids? Try sleeping on your back, as lying on your side with your face squashed against a pillow can lead to morning-after creases. Also try to elevate your head more by sleeping with a thicker pillow, to stop fluid build-up under ayes. Avoid dragging or rubbing the delicate skin around the eyes while applying make-up. During mealtime, watch your salt intake because salt can cause water retention.
There are also some home remedies you can try. Drape a bag of frozen green peas across your eyes, because the peas will be able to help shrink dilated blood vessels. Or, you could opt for cooled chamomile tea bags to compress your eyes with, as tea has a natural anti-inflammatory capacity. Dampen two tea bags, then seal them in plastics and put them in the fridge to chill before putting them on your eyes. The coldness would add an extra zing to your eyes.
Or, you can purchase a ready-made eye ice-pack available in various health stores. It can be a bit pricey, but it is no-fuss, and you can use it over and over again.

GET ADEQUATE BEAUTY SLEEP
They don't call it 'beauty sleep' for nothing. You want to be beautiful; you have to get enough sleep. The recommended daily dose of sleep is eight hours.
Your skin rejuvenates it self during sleep, when all the other systems of your body shut down. So if you don't get enough slumber, this means you don't give your skin enough time to shed the outer dead skin cells and replace them with the new.
Skin and eye treatments' ability to penetrate your skin is also at its peak at around midnight to 3 AM, so it is best to apply the cream or gel before midnight and go to bed to wake up the next morning with a glowing skin and bright peepers. It is time to start your eye regimen, if you haven't already. Your eyes are too precious to be ignored, and they need abundant amount of caring and preserving. 

Remember, it is better to prevent than treat, so the earlier you realize that you have to fight for eyes’ wellbeing, the better. Start as early as possible and you won’t spend your old age regretting what could have been done.
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