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Taking Care Of  Your Contour Area

Taking Care Of Your Contour Area

Everything you need to know about taking care of your contour area

THE EYES HAVE IT: TAKING CARE OF YOUR CONTOUR AREA

Wrinkles at the corner of our eyes are often the first signs of ageing. Throw in dark circles or bags and we're left looking worn out and down in the dumps. The good news is there are now one-stop treatments that freshen, smoothe, hydrate and plump up this fragile zone!

 

The Eye Contour, A Zone That Shows The Passage Of Time
Wrinkles are part and parcel of life. And the first to crop up are usually in the corner of eyes. Welcome to crow's feet! The skin around our eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of our face, meaning it's less resistant and quickly betrays signs of tiredness. Smoking, booze, pollution, sun exposure and stress all cause free radicals, which in turn speed up the skin ageing process. And that's not all... With age, our circulation and lymphatic drainage slows down and this poor vascularisation affects the eye contour area. Leading to signs of fatigue such as dark circles and bags under the eyes. Mature skin is particularly thin and lacks elasticity. This causes any dark circles to form dark troughs under our eyes. Our wide eyed look gives way to miserable, exhausted features that add years to our age.

Why Your Eye Area's So Delicate
The eyes are demanding organs that need constant hydration. That's why we blink roughly every 10 seconds – or a whopping 10,000 times a day. The eyelid skin is three times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, and the delicacy of the eye area makes it vulnerable to damage, dryness and the first signs of ageing. If the skin is low in collagen, elastin and fat cells, wrinkles can appear.

How's Your Eye Area Ages
Sagging in the eye contour is often the first sign of ageing. With time – and the eyelid's constant movement – the production of collagen and elastin decreases. The flesh becomes less firm, resulting in withered skin, particularly under the lower eyelid. And sagging is not the only sign of ageing: fine lines and crow's feet appear in the outer corner of the eye.

How To Look After Your Eye Contour
Eye contour skin needs specific treatments: you shouldn't apply your face cream to your eye area, as it's too thick and therefore unsuited to this fragile zone. You should opt for a high-tolerance, anti-wrinkle formula to provide a anti-ageing action suited to this sensitive area. To keep mature skin looking as fresh as a daisy, apply a treatment that gently combats wrinkles by softening, nourishing and hydrating your eye contours. Lightly massage it in to reduce bags and zap dark circles.

Cosmetic Advances That Help Our Eye Contour
This delicate area is difficult to treat - slowly and gently are the key words! This is why some amazing eye contour treatment applicators have hit the shelves: - double-sided applicators with one curved side to deal with troughs caused by dark circles and a flat side to massage and decongest bags, - sponge applicators to wake up the eye contour for a fresh-faced look, - roll-on applicators for sensitive skin, - tapered applicators to treat specific areas - 3 bead applicators to massage without applying pressure. As for textures, cosmetic firms have been hard a work. Ultra-moisturising balms, soothing creams, decongesting gels, light serums, overnight masks... Something for for all tastes and ages!

Signs Of Tiredness
The skin under the eyes is thin and translucent, so problems are quick to show. Fatigue or dehydration can lead the already slow blood and lymphatic circulation in the contour to diminish further. And the result? Dark circles. The passage of time doesn't help either: with age, the skin can thin and sag, accentuating the appearance of shadows. Dark circles and puffiness are made worse by lack of sleep, stress and lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking and poor diet.

Taking Care Of Your Eye Contour
Cleansing is essential, even if you're not wearing make-up. Choose a gentle product such as micellar water, which dissolves slap and has a decongesting, soothing effect. The eye zone can quickly dry out so it needs hydration day and night, but it’s also extremely sensitive so choose products that won’t irritate. Apply a specific eye contour treatment to hydrate and plump up the skin, as well as smooth out fine lines – start doing this in your twenties, but remember, it’s never too late. By applying treatments correctly, you'll boost your skin's circulation, which will in turn counteract puffiness and the appearance of dark circles.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT EYE CONTOUR TREATMENT

The skin around our eyes is extremely thin - it's the most fragile part of the face. It's easily damaged, quickly dries out and is often the first to show signs of ageing. Which is why eye contour treatments are a life-saver!

Hydrating Eye Contour Treatments
Our eyes are fragile organs that need tender, loving care. They constantly hydrate themselves, hence the reason why we blink every 10 seconds! Thin, sensitive eye contour skin is low in collagen, elastin and fat cells, meaning it quickly dries out. This lack of 'irrigation', means that the eye contour ages at a rate of knots. So slow down the skin-ageing clock with an eye contour treatment that contains glycerin, vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid or thermal water. They'll moisturise whilst smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles.

A Smooth Eye Contour Cream
Collagen and elastin levels fall with age, meaning their fibrous support structure fails to keep skin plump. The results? Crinkly skin, particularly along the lower lid. This sagging causes wrinkles and crows feet on the outer edges. Eye contour creams packed with anti ageing active ingredients, such as antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids will combat free radicals responsible for premature skin ageing. Sagging skin and deep laughter lines will be replaced by a firmer, more youthful look. 

A Refreshing Eye Contour Treatment
Weakened blood flow and lymphatic drainage around the eye contour worsen with time. Our lower lids crease and change colour - welcome to dark circles! With age, their skin gets thinner and sagging causes dark circles to line the lower lash. An anti fatigue eye contour treatment will reduce bags and puffiness. Treatments that contain witch hazel, refreshing, draining caffeine or circulation-boosting arnica will reduce dark blue or brown circles. 

A Stimulating Eye Contour Treatment
Eye contour treatments with a metal applicator provide a stimulating all-over massage. Their cold tips increase blood flow, which in turn prevents sagging and allows active ingredients to easily penetrate skin.

CAFFEINE, THE PERFECT INGREDIENT FOR YOUR EYE AREA

Mostly known for its stimulating and energising effects widely advertised by George Clooney, did you know that caffeine also has draining properties which make it the perfect ingredient to treat your eye area?

 

Caffeine In A Nutshell
Caffeine is an alkaloid belonging to the family of Methylxanthines that can be found in a number of different plants like coffee, obviously, but also tea, mate, kola nuts, guarana and, to a lesser extent, cocoa. Although it's famous for the stimulating effect it has on the central and cardio-vascular nervous system, caffeine can also affect your skin.

When used in its pure, but synthetic, form it contains antioxidants, which help to protect skin from UV rays and slow down ageing, as well as firming and anti-cellulite characteristics thanks to its lipolytic components. It also has a soothing properties which help alleviate redness in sensitive skin. But we've also discovered that caffeine contains elements that work wonders on the eye area.

Caffeine, The Perfect Ingredient For Drainging
Four times thinner than the rest of the body, the extremely delicate skin around your eyes is the first to give way to tiredness and signs of ageing such as dark circles, bags and wrinkles. The properties in caffeine, our vascular toner of choice, really help to drain excess liquid from the eye area. Its anti-fatigue component injects a bit of tonicity back into the blood vessels and helps boost micro-circulation: since it works directly on the vessels, it drains the skin at the same time and the impact of this is particularly noticeable in the fragile eye area.

Through this process of draining and firming up the skin, caffeine can also help to get rid of the unsightly bags under your eyes. It's best to apply skincare onto your eye area in the evening, when your skin is clean and dry, by dabbing it in gently where the bone is using the tips of your fingers (there's no need to go over your eyelashes!), moving from the inner corner to the outer corner. The result? The caffeine will quickly reduce any puffiness and firm up the skin so that you look less tired and more relaxed. What else could you want?

 Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc

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