7 Ways to Reduce Signs of Aging in the Eye Area

With the right tools and techniques, the delicate eye area can retain and recover youthful, vibrant skin

With the right tools and techniques, the delicate eye area can retain and recover youthful, vibrant skin

From a dermatologist’s perspective, the eye area is one of the most challenging areas to treat, consisting of the most delicate skin on the face. Unfortunately, this area shows signs of aging first with the development of fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, loss of firmness, dryness and uneven texture. Even if these signs are not apparent yet, most of the damage may already be under the surface of the skin.

As explained by the experts at Riversol, specifically Dr. Jason Rivers, steps can be taken today to minimize the aging effects in the eye area. Environmental stressors and lifestyle play a huge part in the aging process, accelerating the rate of visible damage, according to the National Institute on Aging.

Here are seven ways to improve the look of the skin around the eyes…

1. Decrease sun exposure and tanning

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that UVA rays accelerate the process by penetrating deep into the basal layer of the epidermis. Wearing sunglasses or prescription glasses with UVA and UVB labeling may help to block the sun’s rays from taking aim at the eye area.

2. Quit smoking

According to Quit Smoking Support, a website offering help to those wanting to stop smoking, cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals. Chemical exposure in this way will lead to premature aging, especially in the eye area.

3. Consider a humidifier

Consistent exposure to dry air can lead to dry skin and increase the look of fine lines and wrinkles. A humidifier will replace the moisture in the air. Depending on the environment, a humidifier can be used year-round.

4. Learn to apply cosmetics around the eye area

During the application of eye cosmetics, some consumers have a tendency to pull or tug at the eye area. If this action becomes a daily habit, fine lines will develop and become noticeable. Many cosmetic counter makeup artists can demonstrate the correct way to apply cosmetics for free.

5. Decrease stress levels

High stress levels can cause a hormonal imbalance, leading to changes in skin. Learn ways to efficiently manage time and decrease stress. Taking time for adequate exercise daily, for example, helps to relieve tension.

6. Hydrate and eat clean

Alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate the body, resulting in dry skin and a less supple look. Use a large water bottle and continuously fill it to meet your body’s daily requirement. Processed foods tend to be laden with chemicals and other ingredients the human body has trouble metabolizing. Eating whole foods—including vegetables, fruits, lean meats and complex carbohydrates—will keep the body balanced. Good nutrition can be reflected in skin as it begins to plump and look noticeably brighter.

7. Use an effective eye cream

The use of an eye cream backed by science can slow the aging process in the eye area. Look for an eye cream offering ingredients that will hydrate, brighten, firm, decrease puffiness and smooth texture. It is never too late—or too early!—to care for this delicate area.

Vancouver dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers has created an eye cream to specifically address eye-area aging. It’s a highly concentrated anti-aging formulation so, yes, a little goes a very long way. The compounds in his eye cream have been scientifically proven to reduce dark eye circles by increasing collagen production, strengthening and rejuvenating the skin and underlying capillaries, while improving the drainage of fluid from the area.