How to Prevent Aging Around the Eyes
Our eyes are most often the first area on our face to begin showing the signs of aging. Given that they're also the focal point of our face, we have an incentive to keep them looking as youthful as possible. The good news is that, like the rest of our skin, most of the signs of aging around our eyes are caused by factors over which we have control. With discipline and consistency, it's possible to keep the eye area looking young and, in turn, keeping you looking refreshed.
The skin that surrounds our eyes is among the thinnest on the human body. As such, even subtle modifications in our lifestyle can cause dramatic changes, including dark undereye circles, undereye puffiness, crow's feet and more. Consider the following habits to prevent aging around the eyes or minimize further damage:
No surprise here, right? The use of sunscreen is the cardinal rule of skin care because UV exposure is the main culprit of skin aging. Regardless of the weather, regardless of how much time you intend to be outdoors and regardless of how busy you are in the morning, use of sunscreen is a must. By wearing it religiously, you minimize the sun's ability to break down collagen and elastin - the proteins that give skin its strength and elasticity, as well as the potential for hyperpigmentation.
Wear Your Sunnies Daily
Sunglasses are the fashion accessory with a true health benefit. By blocking a good deal of sunlight from the eyes, they not only minimize UV skin damage but also help to keep the eyes healthy. Individuals who spend a good deal of time in the sunlight without protective sunglasses are at a higher risk for pterygiums and pingueculas - growths on the conjunctiva (the white portion of the eye).
Don't Smoke/Avoid Secondhand Smoke
Cigarette smoke accelerates the skin's aging process by constricting the blood vessels in the epidermis. The resulting decrease in blood flow depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients. What's more, the chemicals present in smoke break down collagen and elastin. The result of this damage is an increase in wrinkles, rough skin texture, skin discoloration, and more.
Increase the Antioxidant Protection
By disarming free radicals, antioxidants help minimize cellular damage in our skin and throughout the entire body. To ensure your skin gets a good dose of these natural crimefighters, eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts and use skin care products that feature antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, grape seed and more. (Lexli products to try include Lightening Lift, Moisture Intensifier Serum, Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 and others.)
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Lack of sleep can lead to the dilation of the blood vessels under the eyes, which makes them more visible below the thin skin tissue and gives the appearance of undereye circles. It's important to note that lying prone while sleeping can cause fluids to accumulate under the eyes, leading to puffiness. However, this result is usually temporary and can easily be remedied by the application of a cold washcloth under the eyes for a few minutes.
Finally, a word on eye creams. While not an essential part of every skin care routine, those looking for improvement in the texture and firmness of the skin surrounding the eye can benefit from the addition of an eye cream. Look for a product that features clinically proven active ingredients, antioxidant protection and ingredients to minimize inflammation. Lexli Revital-Eyes Rejuvenating Cream checks all those boxes and features a base of organic, pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera to nurture delicate undereye tissue.
Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, Lexli founder and lead formulator of our aloe vera skin care products, wrote a detailed article about aesthetic concerns of the eye area for Dermascope magazine. This piece provides a good primer on the causes of puffiness and undereye circles, as well as information about topical and surgical treatment options. For those interested in diving further into this topic, it's a worthwhile read.