Caring for the contour of sensitive eyes
The skin around the eyes is four times thinner than in other parts of the body, which requires special care; this care is based on applying highly moisturising, antioxidant, protective substances.
Daily hydration using products specially formulated for the periocular area is the key to preventing the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles, making the eyes looking less expressive.
Signs of ageing around the eye contour
With the passage of time, the eyelids undergo remarkable modifications due to hereditary and environmental factors (tobacco, sun exposure, etc.) and they end up being jointly responsible for the various functional and aesthetic disorders that come with age.
These states, that we could describe as "senile or involuntary", are mainly due to the loosening of the different tissue that makes up the architecture of the eyelids. The most prominent ones are: the appearance of bags under the eyes, dark circles or unsightly periocular wrinkles.
- Palpebral bags
With age comes the atrophy of the dermis and collagen thinning. The skin and muscles in the eye area lose firmness. This is often associated with the accumulation of fat, which gives rise to the appearance of "fat bags" that appear and bulge in the dark circle area under the eyes. From a medical point of view, this disorder is known as “dermatochalasis” (excess skin and subcutaneous tissue).
Sometimes the bags are caused by fluid retention (swelling). This fluid retention may be associated with the existence of cardiac, renal or thyroid diseases.
- Dark circles
They are alterations of the colouration of the skin under the eyes due to an excessive production of melanin and the dilation of the capillaries close to the skin's surface. One of the main causes is hereditary factors (people with a family history of dark circles are more likely to have them).
Physiological vasodilation and the loss of skin thickness that occurs over the years cause dark circles to accentuate in older people.
In addition to these circumstances, dark circles can also appear as a consequence of diseases (allergies, eczema, atopic
dermatitis, conjunctivitis, states of hormonal alteration, vascular problems, etc.).
Sun exposure, tiredness, stress, or lack of sleep can worsen dark circles and make them more visible.
- Periocular wrinkles
Periocular wrinkles are one of the first signs of skin ageing. They are often the first wrinkles to appear and there are multiple causes: sun exposure, tobacco, muscle contractions (expression wrinkles). These are associated with a loss of elasticity and skin tone over the years, accentuated by the characteristics of the periorbital skin. Exposure to intense light and/or tobacco smoke can accelerate the appearance of these wrinkles, also popularly known as "crow's feet".
Treating the eye contour area
Creams specifically formulated for the eye contour area are the best at keeping the periocular area in perfect condition and preventing the appearance of wrinkles, bags and dark circles.
These types of products must be applied as follows:
First, a small amount is placed on the fingertips (preferably on the ring finger, as it is the one that exerts the least pressure). It is then spread around the eye contour area using a gentle massage from the outside to the inside and counter-clockwise.
Finally, to mask dark circles, it is recommended to apply a dark circles concealer that illuminates the groove that sinks the lower eyelid and corrects the different colouration that can be found in this area.