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Eye bags

The ba­sics

At around 0.33mm thick, the skin around your eyes is three to five times thin­ner than the skin on the rest of your face**. That means the area is lack­ing in all the juicy col­la­gen and elastin that pro­tects and plumps skin. And, ac­cord­ing to Guin­ness World Records, the eye’s six mus­cles make around 100,000 mi­cro-move­ments a day, so it’s the area that gets the big­gest work­out. Tired eyes? Lit­er­ally.

The prob­lem

The eye area has very few oil glands, which makes it nat­u­rally dry and weak­ens its hy­droli­pidic film (a pro­tec­tive cover made of sweat, se­bum and water). These fac­tors, plus move­ment and thin­ness, mean the area is prone to lines. It’s also usu­ally missed when ap­ply­ing SPF (the best top­i­cal de­fence against vis­i­ble skin age­ing).

The ex­pert

Eyes are sen­si­tive, and they’re par­tic­u­larly re­ac­tive to changes of fluid lev­els in the body, which re­sults in puffi­ness. ‘Grav­ity can also make a no­table dif­fer­ence,’ ex­plains con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Jus­tine Hex­tall, ‘so sleep­ing with your face down can ex­ac­er­bate eye swelling and bags.’ Our skin, mus­cles and bones nat­u­rally change as we get older, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to man­age: ‘The skin starts to sag and un­der­ly­ing fat be­comes prom­i­nent, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant eye bags, wrin­kles and dark cir­cles.’

TRY THIS: Give the area around your eyes a daily mas­sage to get the lym­phatic sys­tem work­ing (a net­work of tis­sues and or­gans that help drain tox­ins). ‘The ex­tremely del­i­cate eye area should be treated as gen­tly as baby skin,’ ad­vises fa­cial­ist Teresa Tarmey. Here’s how: 1. AP­PLY eye cream to your fin­ger­tips to pre­vent fric­tion. 2. AL­WAYS START in the in­ner cor­ner of your eye and move out­wards.

3. USE YOUR FIN­GER and thumb to lightly pinch the skin as you move along, im­prov­ing mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion.

BE GEN­TLE: RE­MOV­ING YOUR EYE MAKE-UP US­ING TOO MUCH PRES­SURE DAM­AGES THE SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN

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