If you’ve been skimping on eye cream – or have never actually used one – it’s time to change that immediately, especially if you want to look younger for longer. Bet that got your attention…
Not only do our eyes age earlier and faster than any other part of our face (the skin is much thinner and more sensitive), but it also happens to be the first area that women neglect. Skincare brand Olay recently discovered that a whopping 80 percent of women have some type of eye concern, with dark undereye circles being on the top of the list. Other key concerns were sagging skin, puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles, but the most remarkable finding was that most women want to cover up the concern rather than treat it!
So for the ultimate eye-care tips, tricks on how to use your eye products, and everything you need to know on the subject, Savoir Flair tapped Olay’s Principle Scientist Dr. Frauke Neuser – who played an instrumental role in the development of Olay’s new eye-care line – for advice on how to look bright-eyed and beautiful. Read on to find out more.
First things first: at what age should we start using eye cream?
The best age to start using an eye cream is in your 20s – latest by your 30s. This way you can strengthen the skin and prevent damage versus playing catch-up.
What causes the skin around our eyes to age prematurely?
That’s a great question! The skin around the eyes is thinner and drier, and it has a weaker barrier. The underlying skin layers are therefore more susceptible to damage and environmental stressors, which might contribute to the faster aging.
What causes fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes?
There are multiple factors that can cause fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Just like on the rest of your face, dry skin shows up as fine lines – and the skin around the eyes tends to be the driest. Also, the constant eye movements such as blinking, squinting, and smiling can create so-called expression lines that can turn into wrinkles over time. And lastly, environmental damage and internal aging lead to a breakdown of collagen and elastin, the two natural proteins responsible for plump and firm skin.
What are the most important parts of an eye-care routine?
Using an eye product every day, ideally twice a day, is really the most important part of an eye-care routine. And remember to be gentle when you apply your eye makeup, so you don’t irritate the sensitive skin. Always remove your eye makeup at night – no exceptions!
Are there any special techniques we should be using when applying an eye product?
The most important thing is to take a light touch – no heavy pressing, massaging, or rubbing as you apply your skincare products. The skin is very thin and delicate, and it needs to be treated accordingly.
What is the difference between an eye serum and an eye cream? Do we need to use both?
The main difference is in the consistency. An eye serum is usually better suited to be applied around the whole eye area (including the upper lid), which is why the Olay ‘Eye Lifting Serum’ comes in that form. Products that target the undereye area are more suitable in a cream form.
When can we expect to see results from using an eye cream?
Some results can be visible immediately – hydrating and light-reflecting ingredients work from the first use. Other results will take a couple of weeks to be noticeable, so it’s important to use eye products regularly and consistently.
How are eye creams different from face moisturizers?
Eye creams are specifically designed for the skin in the eye area, which is thinner, drier, and more vulnerable than the rest of the face. You need products that absorb quickly without residue – so they don’t get into your eyes – and can provide lasting hydration without greasiness.
How can we make our eyes look younger and brighter?
Use a specialized product every day, don’t rub your eyes when you get tired, and use drops if they get dry! Also, always wear sunglasses and avoid squinting.
What causes dark circles under the eyes?
There are two main types of dark circles. The first type that looks like tanned skin is caused by hyper-pigmentation, or too much melanin in the epidermis. The second type looks more purple and blue – almost bruised – as it shows the underlying blood vessels, which is a sign that the skin is very thin.
Besides using the right eye cream, how else can we get rid of dark circles?
Dark circles are closely associated with genetics and lifestyle. Lack of sleep, stress, poor nutrition, and overall poor health can all contribute to dark circles as well as eye bags. In this case, it is important to identify these factors and tackle not just the symptoms but also the root of the issue.
Are there any specific ingredients that we should look out for when buying anti-aging skincare products?
This depends a bit on what specific benefit you’re most interested in. All products should contain hydrating glycerin and energizing niacinamide, or vitamin B3. For firming and wrinkle-fighting products, look for peptides or retinoids. For products targeting hyperpigmentation and delivering overall radiance, antioxidants (such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and green tea) and bioactives N-acetyl glucosamine and mulberry extract have been shown to be effective.
What are your top anti-aging tips?
A good skincare regimen can really make a huge difference to avoid the signs of aging. The most important thing is daily sun protection, especially in a place with super-high UV exposure, such as Dubai. Keeping your skin well hydrated is also critical. You don’t necessarily need ten steps in your daily regimen – being consistent and making skincare a part of your no-miss daily routine, just like brushing your teeth, is much more important. Find something that works for you and stick with it!