Simple Steps to Sassy Eyes
Eyes age faster than the rest of the face. If wrinkles, bags, crow’s-feet are haunting you here’s an easy plan to combat all these symptoms in a scientific way.
Step One: Protection
UV rays are main culprits for break down of collagen in the skin causing early wrinkles. Look for sunglasses labeled “UV 400,” and choose large frames for maximum coverage. But before putting them on, load up on sunscreen: At least 30 minutes before going out each morning, apply a broad-spectrum(UV-A & B) formula with at least SPF 30. (I like Avene Haute Protection SPF 50 or Heliocare compact SPF 50 both available at Oxygen & Noura Pharmacies Jeddah)
Step Two: Embrace Antioxidants
Every morning, apply an eye cream with antioxidants to fight free-radical damage from the sun and pollution. Some of the best ones: CoffeeBerry, Green tea, and Idebenone. (Try Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Antiaging Booster Eye Transforming Cream or Citrix antioxidant cream 15 or 20%).
Step Three: Use Retinol at night
Retinol is the one ingredient proven to stimulate collagen production and reduce wrinkles. Look for creams or serums that come in an aluminum tube or opaque pump bottle—they keep retinol stable and strong. I like Roc Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, Eau Thermale Avene Rétrinal+ cream, Quintessence Clarifying Under Eye Serum Capsule; which have vitamin A & K —studies show this combination works especially well on dark circles. If irritation happens use sparingly twice a week instead of daily application.
Step Four: Sleep SMART
Tuck an extra pillow under your head—the elevation helps prevent fluid from settling under the skin around your eyes thus preventing bags and wrinkles.
Step Five: Don’t OVERDO it
Resist the urge to gob on tons of eye cream at night. Too much can lead to itchy eyes the following morning—and it can actually make bags look even puffier.
Step Six: Try a Skin Tightener
Though the results obviously aren’t as dramatic as an eye-lift, there are creams that make a noticeable difference. Pick one with argireline, GABA, or DMAE—the most effective ingredients.
I like Elizbeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift And Firm Cream SPF 15.
Step Seven: Prime Your Lines
Fill in crow’s-feet with a primer containing silicone—such as Estee lauder Perfectionist (CP+) Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler.
Step Eight: Conceal like a Pro
Disguise dark circles using a creamy concealer—one that comes in a squeeze tube or pot. Pick a yellow-based shade if your dark circles have a blue or purple cast; go with a peachy color if you have brown circles. My favorites: Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer or Benefit Boi Ing Industrial Strength Concealer.
Step Nine: Underplay PUFFY EYES
Skip bright, dark, or shimmery eye makeup. Instead, pick a matte shadow that’s slightly darker than your skin, then sweep it across your eyelids and along your lower lashes—it makes puffiness less obvious.