It’s usual for the skin around our eyes to age faster than the rest of our skin and there are a number of reasons why this is. I’ll briefly explain this to you so that when I talk about how you can make the skin around your eyes look younger, you’ll have a better understanding why.
1.The skin around your eyes is much thinner than that in other areas of your face and body; it’s approximately 0.5mm thick on your eyelids, where are it’s 4mm on the heel of your foot. This fragility means that developing lines and wrinkles, drooping, as well as further thinning of the skin, is inevitable.
2. You have very active muscles around the eyes and repetitive muscle action is a big factor in creating wrinkles. This is something we frequently see on the forehead and between the eyebrows, as well as at the side of our clients’ eyes. In aesthetic circles, these lines at the sides of your eyes created by muscle movement are called Crows Feet. You may also know them as Smile Lines (which I think sounds much nicer).
3. What lies beneath impacts how the skin looks. The skin around your eye is covering a hollow eye socket. Eye sockets also have fat in them which can do two things 1 become displaced and bulge, creating quite dramatic looking under eye ‘bags’ (often this will need surgical correction, rather than the non-surgical treatment options we’ll explore here), or 2 they’ll shrink. Shrinkage of the eyes fat pads means that without this ‘padding’ in the hollow eye sockets, the sockets become more prominent and under the eyes can look indented and sunken.
4. What’s nearby? One of the contributors to eyes looking a bit sunken and tired is your cheeks. As we age the fat pads in our cheeks shrink (which is what can happen to the fat in the eye sockets, as described above) and drop south which impacts how your skin sits around the eye area.
5. Puffiness and dark circles. Some of us can be genetically inclined to suffer from under eye circles and/or puffiness. They can also be contributed to by lifestyle; diet, stress and quality of sleep can all impact.
Quite miserable when we have it all laid out in-front of us like that. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom; not all of these changes happen to all of us and if any of them do happen, then there are ways to correct them.
So, let’s get to the crux of it. How can we make the skin around our eyes look younger?
This is a fractional laser treatment (in our opinion, it’s the fractional laser treatment. It was the original and the one that people often say they have, when they have another type of fractional device). Fraxel triggers your skin to replace damaged, old skin cells and collagen with beautiful, healthy, new collagen and skin cells. This results in smoother, firmer skin with less skin imperfections such as wrinkles and age spots.
This is an advanced dermal filler technique which can be really effective when you are noticing a hollowing under your eyes. During the treatment, a filler specifically designed for this purpose is carefully placed in the area to help elevate the skin; this results in the undereye hollowing looking much less obvious.
We would strongly advise finding a medical practitioner with the appropriate, advanced training to carry out this procedure.
This is a radio-frequency treatment which can be used around the eyes, and actually on, your eyelids (FYI it’s currently the only FDA approved device to be able to work on the lids themselves).
Radio frequency safely heats up the dermis (the living part of your skin) which triggers it to produce lots of lovely new collagen and elastin in the area. This means that the treated skin becomes smoother, firmer and tighter. At Skin to Love we treat an awful lot of eyes with Thermage as it can be really effective on droopy, heavy-looking, sagging eyelids as well as helping with crepiness that can appear on the eyelids and directly under the eyes.
This is an extremely popular treatment for wrinkles around the sides of the eyes, aka Crows Feet. Botox (which is actually a brand name for ‘botulinum toxin’) will treat wrinkles that have formed as a result of muscle movement and it works by softening the intensity of the muscle movement; reducing muscle movement means that the repetitive folding of the skin (which caused the wrinkle) isn’t happening anymore-or at least much more gently, allowing your skin to recover and rebuild the collagen and elastin that was constantly being broken down by the movement.
Voila! Smoother skin!
This is a cold laser which uses two types of light energy and using NASA technology to deliver this energy with the beat of your heart. Why on earth would you want to do that, you may ask. Well, during the Byonik treatment, a specially designed combination of hyaluronic acid (HA) and antioxidants is applied to your skin and, as your skin cells are more receptive to the osmosis process just before your heart beats, the lasers pulse at this point allowing your skin cells absorb the products like a sponge.
The result? Plumper, smoother, hydrated and protected skin.
Byonik also has a lymphatic drainage action on our tissues which will help to decongest and reduce undereye puffiness. That’s not to mention the other benefits that this seriously impressive laser has for your skin, you can check them all out here.
I’ve left this to the end because there’s a lot of information out there about eye creams and the likelihood is that you’ve read a number of articles on this. I don’t want you to think this isn’t important though; eye cream is a fundamental skincare product all men and women should use. If you’re considering a treatment for your eyes, then you should invest in a cream to use daily; otherwise, it’s a bit like going to the hygienist but not brushing your teeth at home every day!
Most of us could benefit from using a retinol around the eyes (one specifically for the eyes so that it’s not too strong for this delicate area). We also really like Revision Skincare D·E·J eye cream® which, amongst other benefits, helps to reduce the appearance of sagging, wrinkles, redness and hooding around your eye area, as well as the actual eyelid.
If you’re considering an anti-ageing treatment for your eyes, hopefully this have given you some starting points. If you would like to discuss your skin specifically, please contact our friendly team; we’d love to help you.
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.
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