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Dealing with problem areas around the eyes

Creams for eye puffiness, wrinkles, fine lines and the rest

Author: Marilynn Syrett July 8 2009

woman applying eye cream

Eyes are the first place you should concentrate on while starting an anti aging regimen. This is because the skin around the eyes is extremely thin and fragile and lacks oil glands that provides natural moisture. As a result, the skin around the eyes is the first place to exhibit signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Fortunately, there is an extensive range of anti-aging cosmetics specifically formulated for the eye area that help to nourish the skin there. Here are some tips to choose the right kind of products that will protect and nourish the sensitive skin around the eyes.

Chuck the facial moisturizer

Most women use facial moisturizers to hydrate the skin around the eyes as well. However, the active ingredients present in facial moisturizers are too strong for the sensitive eye area. Though they moisturize the skin and keep in hydrates, they fail to provide the intensive nourishment that eye creams offer. Therefore, it is always advisable to use specialized eye care products for the skin around your eyes.

Concentrate on problem areas

The choice of the best eye cream for you will depend on the problems you need to solve; concentrate on the problem areas and decide what you need help with. Here are some common problems associated with the eye area and ways you can solve them.

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Problem: under eye dark circles

Dark circles under the eyes are a result of excessive pigmentation. Moreover, certain allergies can cause blood vessels to get dilated and leak thus making the skin appear darker under the eyes. Since these dark circles appear beneath the skin surface, they are difficult to be treated topically.

Solution: Look for products that contain peptides or retinol that stimulate the production of collagen within the skin cells and make the skin thicker and firmer. Also, Vitamin K based products can help to strengthen the blood vessels and diminish the appearance of dark circles.

Problem: eye puffiness

Eye puffiness is a common problem, especially in the morning. This is because of the accumulation of fluids during the sleep.

Solution: Use products containing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, Vitamin C, copper and retinol that help tighten and de-puff the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids help to regenerate surface cells whereas Vitamin C, copper and retinol help with the stimulation of collagen and enhance the skin elasticity. Caffeine is yet another ingredient that reduces eye puffiness by constricting the blood vessels and pushing the fluids out of the skin.

Problem: wrinkles and fine lines

Wrinkles and fine lines are a result of aging skin. As we grow old, our skin ages and the collagen and elastin levels begin to deplete, and as a result, the skin develops wrinkles and fine lines. This process can also get accelerated by prolonged and unprotected sun exposure.

Solution: Select products that contain retinoids or peptides that help to stimulate the production of collagen fibers and antioxidants that fight off free radicals. These ingredients repair already-damaged skin and also delays the appearance of aging signs.

Product suggestions

  • Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream. This is a moisturizing eye cream that reduces the appearance of dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. It is a highly emollient cream that helps reduce the signs of aging around the eyes.
  • iS Clinical C EYE ADVANCE. It diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of dark circles. It contains antioxidants and brightens dark circles under the eyes.
  • iS Clinical Eye Complex. This eye care product helps to soothe, brighten and tone the skin area and to reduce puffiness at the same time. It is not only hydrating but also protects against free radicals. In time it will also reduce fine lines and also reduce dark under-eye circles.
About the Author

Dr. Marilynn Syrett graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific, in 1998 and has since nurtured an ardent interest in skin care products. She has reviewed many skin care products from Obagi and iS Clinical line.

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