The reason for fine lines and wrinkles as we age is the weakening of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, mainly caused from long-term sun exposure, but also facial movements that create actual folds and creases in the skin. I often use this example to my clients when I’m offering solutions for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
If you were to take a piece of wood and hit it with a hammer, you would make an indentation in the wood. To smooth out the dent, a little sandpaper would make the dent less noticeable. The same rules apply with the skin. Wrinkles and lines are considered indentations in the skin, so by “sanding” down the skin with super exfoliators, the lines and wrinkles will appear less deep, and therefore, less noticeable. It’s truly that simple! Once the skin is exfoliated, you should then focus on giving the skin intensive hydration to fill the cells with moisture and collagen-protecting ingredients so the lines appear plumped up.
How do you safely exfoliate around the eyes?
For those of you who follow my skin care routine, you more than likely are using one of our glycolic acid serums like AHA Smoothing Serum 10% on the face before moisturizing at night. People often avoid around the eye area thinking that it will cause irritation. While of course you want to be careful around the eye area, you want to make sure that you’re only applying the serum in the outer eye area where lines and wrinkles (crow’s feet) are visible. Eye cream (Firming Eye Therapy or Synergy) should always be applied over the smoothing serum to seal it into the skin and provide extra moisture…
Generally, because the skin is thin around the eyes, facial scrubs may be too aggressive for the eye area, but an acid serum can really do the trick at managing the signs of aging around the eyes.
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Posted April 4, 2011 by Renée Rouleau
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