It’s common knowledge that the skin around our eye area is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the skin on our face. The first signs of aging, stress, poor health – are most commonly seen around the eyes. Which makes caring for the skin around our eyes both crucial and difficult.
What causes the skin around our eyes to be so different?
The skin around our eyes is up to 10 times thinner than the skin anywhere else on our body. Because it’s so thin, it is also very delicate. As we age, we lose collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, causing the skin to become even thinner and more delicate. The delicate eye area also contains fewer sebaceous glands, meaning that it produces less oils – leading to the skin being drier and less protected.
Wrinkles, Dark Circles, and Puffiness have many causes
It’s true that our skin, and in particular the skin around our eyes, can communicate poor health, lack of sleep, etc. But wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness have many different causes.
Many people have “eye bags” or dark circles from the time they are young, even though they are in perfect health. If you have fair skin – or even thinner, more transparent skin – it’s more likely that the blood passing underneath your skin will be more noticeable, showing up as dark circles.
The capillary structure under and around your eyes is very close to the skin. As red blood cells navigate through capillaries, some of them “leak” into the surrounding skin. Your body has a mechanism to take care of these “leaked” capillaries (so long as it’s not a constant, overwhelming leak), so there is no danger. There are enzymes that are specialized to break down these errant red blood cells. Unfortunately, when these enzymes break down the red blood cells, they also break down the hemoglobin, and when hemoglobin breaks down, its remaining components are no longer the red color that we associate with red blood cells; they are now a bluish black color – the color you associate with a common bruise. And that bruised coloring shows up under your eyes as a dark circle.
Many other factors can contribute to dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness: smoking and other pollutants, poor eating habits, dehydration, inadequate sleep, allergic reactions, hormonal changes – the list goes on and on.
How can I care for the delicate skin around my eyes?
As with any function within the body, proper nutrition, hydration, and physical activity are crucial. Keeping all systems of your body healthy by getting needed vitamins and minerals, and exercising to improve circulation will help improve your skin overall, including in the eye area.
Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and make sure you get enough sleep. Use products specially formulated for the sensitive, delicate eye area, and avoid rubbing or pulling at the skin around your eyes.
To soothe the skin around your eyes and keep them looking fresh and healthy, try adding Bel Mondo’s Fresh Eyes Rejuvenating Eye Masks to your skin care regimen. Formulated to alleviate puffiness, promote drainage, and restore a more youthful appearance, Fresh Eyes Masks are also soothing, cooling, and gentle – perfect for the delicate skin of the eye area.