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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 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).
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