EYE & LIP CARE 101:
Caring for the eye area and the lips should be part of our daily routine. But do we need specific products to treat them? The answer is yes. Luckily, there are eye creams and serums for just this purpose. Likewise, a good lip balm or moisturizer should also be a staple in our skin care.
The skin around our eyes is extremely delicate compared to the rest of your skin. There are less layers of skin and other tissue there. This area produces little to no oil but receives a lot of exposure, so the moisture barrier there is easily damaged and is harder to recover with age. Wrinkles start to appear as collagen production decreases. Eye creams are specifically formulated with all of this in mind.
The most basic of eye creams will contain gentle hydrating and moisturizing ingredients, which is the important part for keeping this area looking youthful. New formulas are being developed every day utilizing peptides, hyaluronic acid and even retinoids. Industry technology has made it possible to treat around the eyes with potent ingredients, while buffering them enough to not be irritating to the eye. Similarly, your lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body. The skin covering our lips is thin and does not contain oil glands, so lips can't moisturize themselves. During dry months especially, we want to keep extra moisture on the lips to prevent cracking, peeling and fine lines.
HOW TO TREAT:
By now, you've probably heard that you should only use your ring finger to apply product around the eye. This is true. But additionally, you want to be careful when applying makeup or taking it off, not to pull on the skin too aggressively. Always use a light touch when dealing with your eyes and apply product along the orbital bone (the line where your eye socket begins) not too close to your actual eyes.
You will also want to check to see whether or not your eye cream can be applied to the lid or brow area. Some creams are really only designed for underneath the eye, but others can be used around the whole area.
You can apply eye cream morning or night, or even both as long as your eye product is appropriate for your skin type and doesn't cause irritation or breakouts. If you only want to apply eye cream once per day, we like applying eye cream first thing in the morning, so that you reap the benefits all day. But there's nothing wrong with doing it at night. If you want to get extra fancy, try layering two of your favorite eye creams or pair an eye serum under an eye cream. You could also use one cream in the morning targeted to one concern and a different product at night.
We want to use an eye cream and a lip product daily, starting as early as in your 20s for preventative reasons. We always recommend starting with once per day but twice per day may be ideal if you struggle with dryness or fine lines.
TIPS & TRICKS:
One thing that is important to know about the eyes, is that many common concerns (like dark circles) are genetic and not entirely avoidable. That said, we can still absolutely minimize the severity of a concern simply by keeping our skin happy and healthy. Here are a few specifics on what to aim for, based on your concerns:
For dark circles, vitamin c, vitamin k, licorice root and certain peptides are good for minimizing their appearance. The same goes for a good concealer. But to truly combat dark circles your best bet is drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest.
For puffiness we want to avoid salty foods and partying. Lack of sleep or even certain sleeping positions can also be the culprit. Other things like allergies and hormones are unavoidable. Not to worry. Ingredients like white tea and caffeine can help with swelling, but you can also do a lot to minimize puffiness simply by placing a cool compress on the area. This is the same idea behind cucumbers or tea bags on your eye. It's all about reducing swelling with the cold.
For wrinkles and fine lines you can exfoliate very gently around your eyes (never on the lid!) to keep the skin turning over and producing healthy cells. Just be very cautious not to over do it. Some eye creams contain very buffered retinoids for this purpose. Peptides can be a good ingredient to look for, as they act as communicators with your skin. They can signal the production of more collagen to help plump out the area. Basic hydration will also help plump out fine lines. Look for eye creams with hyaluronic acid for that extra boost. Dry or dehydrated under eyes can be just that - dry and flaky - or they can also give way to issues like milia or other strange little bumps. These issues have a lot to do with internal hydration, so start there. But then also be sure to moisturize the area externally. Some hydrating serums can be used up to the lash line for this reason. Ingredients like vitamin E and hyaluronic acid help with rebuilding the moisture barrier, which will then usually sort out the issues that come with dryness.
For the lips: We want treat our lips similarly to the rest of the face. In addition to a good moisturizing product - we like ingredients that are natural oils like avocado, sunflower, cocoa butter, shea or humectants like honey and beeswax - you can also gently scrub and mask your lips periodically to ensure that you don't get a buildup of dead, damaged skin.
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