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Here’s everything you need to know about treating and lifting the eye area

here’s everything you need to know about treating and lifting the eye area

Story Highlights:

  • Specialized eye care: Understand the unique needs of the delicate eye area and why it requires specialized attention.

  • Non-surgical lifting techniques: Discover effective methods like massage, and how topical products and targeted ingredients can rejuvenate the eyes.

Did you know that the undereye and eyelid areas are among the first areas on the face to show signs of aging? The delicate skin around the eye requires extra care, as it is thinner and more prone to damage than the rest of the face. This is why it’s crucial to use products and techniques specifically designed for the eye area.

Why does the eye area need special treatment?

Let’s delve into the science. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more fragile than the skin on the rest of the face, making it vulnerable to signs of aging including dark circles, wrinkles, and fine lines.

 

Unlike the rest of your face, this area also contains fewer oil glands, making it prone to dryness and dehydration. Additionally, the constant movement of the face and eyes – blinking, squinting, and making other facial expressions – can all contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin over time.

 

As you age, fat redistribution and decreased collagen production further exacerbate these issues, resulting in droopy eyelids and tired-looking eyes. Given all these factors, it’s clear that a one-size-fits-all approach to skin care won’t suffice when it comes to the eye area. 

Non-surgical solutions for lifting the eye area 

Opting for non-surgical methods to lift and rejuvenate your eye area can yield remarkable results without the risks associated with surgery. Combining these techniques with effective topical treatments can leave your eyes looking brighter, firmer, and more youthful.  

 

1. Eye massage techniques 

Gentle massage techniques can work wonders in reducing puffiness, promoting lymphatic drainage, and enhancing circulation around the eyes. Use your fingertips to gently massage the eye contour area in circular motions, starting from the inner corner of the eye and moving outwards. This helps to alleviate tension, reduce fluid retention, and stimulate collagen production, resulting in a firmer, more lifted appearance.   

 

2. Cold compresses 

Cold compresses are a simple yet effective way to refresh and rejuvenate tired eyes. Specialized eye masks, cold spoons, or even a damp washcloth cooled in the refrigerator can help reduce swelling, constrict blood vessels, and tighten the skin around the eyes. Apply the cold compress to your closed eyelids for a few minutes each day to help combat puffiness and promote a more alert and youthful look.

 

3. Lifestyle changes 

Making small changes to your lifestyle can also have a big impact on the appearance of your eyes. Get plenty of sleep to minimize dark circles and puffiness, stay hydrated to maintain skin elasticity, and protect your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses. 

 

4. Topical products and proper application  

When it comes to topical products, opt for eye creams that are specifically formulated to target sagging skin and loss of firmness. Ingredients play a crucial role in lifting and firming, so look for formulations that contain peptides, antioxidants, and hydrating ingredients. Peptides stimulate collagen production, while antioxidants protect against free radical damage, and hydrating agents like Hyaluronic Acid replenish moisture levels in the skin.  

 

To apply your eye cream effectively, the skin care professionals at Dermalogica recommend gently patting on your eye cream, massaging in an upward motion from the orbital bone toward the temples. Continue massaging until the cream is fully absorbed into the skin, avoiding tugging or pulling on the delicate skin. For best results, apply your eye cream both morning and night as part of your skin care routine.  

 

By incorporating these techniques and using eye creams that work to lift, you can combat sagging and drooping eyelids, achieving a more lifted and youthful appearance around your eyes. 

The importance of choosing the right eye cream 

Here’s an eye-opening revelation: most eye creams aren’t formulated for use on the eyelid. This is significant because the eyelid is often the first area to show signs of sagging and drooping. While many eye creams are effective for treating under-eye concerns such as dark circles and puffiness, they often lack the specific formulation needed to address the delicate skin of the eyelids. Using a product that is safe and effective for both the lid and the undereye is essential for achieving an optimal lift and firmness. 

 

Shop Dermalogica’s collection of eye treatments here to find the right product to treat your eye concerns, or chat with one of our professional skin therapists for personalized recommendations.