As a dermatologist, there are certain facial skin issues that I am routinely asked about nearly every day. I think it’s because you don’t necessarily have to be older, with years of skin abuse, to run up against these problems. I’m talking about eye puffiness, dark circles under or around the eyes, and fine lines.
Naturally, as with most skincare dilemmas and challenges, it makes sense that getting a jump on these problems by starting sooner than later is important. It’s quite a bit easier to have an affect on the outcome when you’re taking proactive, preventive measures, rather than reacting to a more serious, glaring condition that already exists.
When I’m asked what causes dark circles, lines and puffiness, it isn’t an easy question to answer; because everyone is different, and there are any number of contributing factors, depending on backgrounds and lifestyles. Contributing factors can include:
- UV rays (sun damage)
- Lack of sleep
- Smoking (very detrimental)
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
Also, as they say, you can pick your friends; but you can’t pick your family. Many people inherit the dark-circle and puffy-eye traits, which makes them harder to avoid.
It should go without saying that, if you want to greatly minimize your chances of having to deal with these eye skincare situations, you should avoid or change whatever contributing factor or factors are applicable to you, if you can.
That being said, the other steps you can take to improve upon the look of your eyes may seem obvious; but many people regularly skip one or all of these anti-aging skincare processes and then wonder why they get less-than-satisfactory results. The steps to which I’m referring are:
- Specialized eye serum
- Reparative eye cream
Be sure your skin is clean before beginning any skincare regimen. When cleansing around your eyes, tread lightly! The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate.
After cleansing, the primary thing you will want to do is use a product that helps repair the fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Some methods of treating these skincare problems either don’t work or are a brief, temporary fix. A quality eye serum can start to replenish the antioxidants to this sensitive area that may have been damaged by the elements referred to above (smoking, sun, etc.). In addition, these antioxidants can boost the firmness of your skin through removing dead skin cells.
The third step in this process is to make use of a reparative eye cream, preferably one that uses peptides. These naturally occurring components of your skin can also improve its firmness, because they build up the areas with collagen and elastin.
As I have advised in the past, using a good sunscreen (which can be incorporated into your moisturizer) throughout the day, even around the eye area, is extremely important to a total skincare regimen. In this case, sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will block the UVA rays that contribute to those dark circles under your eyes, as referenced above.
If you take the time to do these few things as a part of your anti-aging skincare program, improvement in the skin under and around your eyes should show become evident over time.