I get it, I look young. I’m actually pretty lucky that I look this young, considering how old I really am. A lot of it is down to genetics (and height, and general babyface-ness), but also a great deal is down to good skincare. I’ve been applying moisturiser since I can remember, and started investing in quality skincare at the age of 17. At 23 I moved on to heavier anti-ageing as I understood, all the way back then, that prevention is better than cure. However, despite all this my eyes have have been the biggest give-away to my age. If I could do things differently I’d wear sunglasses at the first hint of summer when outside, SPF daily in eye creams and a really nourishing, anti ageing eye cream for the evening. Yep, that’s what I would have done.
The damage is kinda done with that area and there’s not a lot I can do about it now (other than the slightly drastic measure of cosmetic procedures!), however there are a few tricks to stop the wrinkles/’crow’s feet’ progressing further. As I touched on earlier, start with SPF. Ideally, try and find a good eye cream that already has a high SPF within it. 80% of skin ageing is caused by UV damage so to think you could prevent this by simply applying SPF daily, especially around that area that displays signs of it the most, you’d be a fool not to.
Secondly, try to use two different products for night and day, as your skin and especially the eye area has different needs at these times. During the day you need to protect, during the night you need to repair. So whilst an eye gel might be great for de-puffing for the morning, an intensely hydrating product that tops up your skins moisture levels is better for evening. The more dehydrated and dried out skin is, the quicker it will age! So it really needs good hydration to keep it young, despite how concerned you might be about combating bags and puffiness!
Lastly, don’t apply too much of whatever product you’re using, and be careful how you apply it! I remember seeing a documentary once where plastic surgeons had said the most common cause for puffy, baggy eyes was too much eye cream being applied! The skin around our eye is much thinner than the rest of the face, and thus needs far less product. A grain of rice size, in product, is all that is needed to effectively treat that area. Any more and the skin will struggle to absorb it (and results in eye make-up slipping off!). When applying, make sure you just gently tap it on with your ring finger (the weakest one) going outwards and up towards your brow. Too much rubbing and tugging will only stretch the delicate skin, so you need to be gentle!
Oh and of course, try not to frown, squint and laugh or have any kind of facial expression that will infringe on the eye area in general. That all helps! Now, get protecting!