Updated 8/22/15. The skin around the eye area is constantly moving with more than 10,000 blinks a day. 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 blinking and facial movements that create actual folds and creases in the skin. When it comes to offering solutions for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles to my clients, I often use this example.
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, right? 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 must then focus on giving the skin intensive hydration to fill the cells with moisture and collagen-protecting ingredients so the lines appear plumped up.
When it comes to the eye area, most people rely exclusively on eye cream to treat this delicate area. While it’s important to use eye cream, people hardly have ever been told that gentle exfoliation around the eyes can make a significant improvement in reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
How do you safely exfoliate around the eyes to reduce dryness and the appearance of lines?
For those of you who have taken my Skin Type Quiz and are using the products based on your unique skin type, you more than likely are using one of the acid serums on the face before moisturizing at night. People often avoid around the eye area thinking that it will cause irritation. You certainly want to be careful around the eye area, but you want to make sure that you’re only applying the acid serum in the outer eye area where lines and wrinkles (crow’s feet) are visible. Eye cream (like Total Eye Repair Cream) should always be applied over the exfoliating acid serum to seal it into the skin and provide comforting moisture.
Since 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. I highly recommend you start using one for both your face and eye area so you can be on your way to smoother skin. (Of course, using a well-formulated retinol serum like Advanced Resurfacing Serum is extremely effective for bringing an incredible smoothness to the skin, when used long term.)
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