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Eyes on the prize

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 9:03am

The eyes are the windows to the soul and the skin around them is so delicate that it needs exceptional care, particularly as you age. 

It would be great to think that the special creams and treatments used to target them are just a marketing ploy by companies to get us to further invest, but alas, the fragile area needs care and attention. 
The skin around your eyes is five to ten times thinner and has fewer oil glands than the rest of your face. Therefore, it loses elasticity quickly, not to mention the blinking, winking and eye rolling we all do on a regular basis.
The eye contour area is really from your brows to right down under the eye and along the eye socket. A well-maintained eye area, including brows, will help give you a youthful look. 
Hair removal here is best threaded. Make sure you shop around and get a recommendation before booking an appointment. If you are getting tinted, you will also need a patch test.
Anti-aging injections and fillers can also be used to smooth and make the area more youthful, with anti-aging injections generally lasting three to four months. 
They also help with softening crow’s feet and giving a brow lift. Filler is used to fill out hollowed eyes and cheeks to regain a youthful plump look. These are a temporary solution and need regular upkeep.
Eye cream is recommended to depuff, help with fine lines and aid drainage to the area. Eye make-up removers should be used also as these formulas help prevent milia and pore blocking around the eye area.
Eye masks and pads are a superb way of giving them a weekly treat and I have products to suit all budgets for you to try.
Firstly, let’s look at cleansing the eye area. Image Skincare Flawless rejuvenating eye pads are superb for removing make up and doubling up as a cooling eye pad. These coconut water-based, age-defying pads nourish and revitalise the eye area, while gently and effectively removing eye makeup. 
Hyaluronic acid and plant extracts smooth fine lines and wrinkles, naturally promoting skin’s youthful appearance. Comfrey and chamomile calm irritation and reduce puffiness, while guarana energizes tired eyes. They retail at €37.50 and are perfect for hand luggage. 
For an eye mask that helps the eye area for a night out, look no further than the Timeless Truth Collagen Bio Cellulose Eye masks. These gel masks cool and sooth as well as reduce puffiness and crow’s feet. They are a lovely addition to your regular masking routine and available at or in selected pharmacies and salons.
From an eye cream perspective, the product you use depends very much on your age, skin type and lifestyle but a good antioxidant eye cream or gel is a start. Used daily, it will help against environmental pollution and sun damage even in the winter months.
Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate contains a potent concentration of Pure Vitamin C 10.5%, known for its affinity with skin and powerful ability to improve the appearance of ageing skin. Available from Debenhams, €46.50.
If this is out of your budget, try Vichy’s Slow Age, which is new to the market after nine years of research. It is a powerful probiotic skincare range with SPF, specifically designed to counteract the effects of the environment and clinically proven to slow down the appearance of aging signs. It offers 24-hour hydration as well as an SPF30 and is available in pharmacies.
Finally, it is no old wives’ tale –cucumber really is soothing on the eye area, so cut some circles and place them over your eyes for a cheap and cheerful cooling.

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