Your eyes are the most important facial feature and can tell many stories – whether you are happy, tired, sad, healthy, unwell, young or old...
There are 3 key areas for eye care: dark circles, under eye puffiness and crow’s feet. Dark circles are caused by a combination of factors. Contrary to popular belief, what we see is not pigment but more like bruising.
It is the build-up of blood in the delicate tissue beneath the eyes. Cucumber and tea bags are traditionally used to combat dark circles. This makes sense, as Cucumber is one of the richest sources of Ascorbic acid Oxidase. This enzyme is key in the turnover of Ascorbic acid/ Dehydroascorbate, which is our natural antioxidant system. Tea is one of the most available sources of Polyphenols – a group of powerful antioxidants. It is these antioxidants that trigger the ‘healing’ needed to reduce the ‘bruise’ and hence reduce the dark circles.
A common misconception of people who suffer from under eye puffiness is that they are sleep deprived. But ageing, genetics, allergies and consumption of certain food may also cause puffiness under the eyes. The puffiness is a result of the collection of liquid and fat. Using a product that contains Retinol is thought to help alleviate the condition, as well as actives that stimulate lipolysis.
Crow’s feet are the fine lines that radiate from the corners of your eyes. They are among the first wrinkles to form and normally surface at 30+ years old. They are the most noticeable when you squint or smile. Many factors contribute to crow’s feet including sun exposure, squinting, smoking and so on. Sun exposure is probably the most important of these, as this leads directly to the breakdown of Elastin and Collagen resulting in wrinkled skin.