It’s often said ‘a stitch in time says nine’ and guess what, it holds true for skincare too. Starting early with the right skincare routine can go a long way in keeping your skin radiant and gorgeous for longer. And when it comes to skincare, the eyes should be your primary concern. The skin around the eyes is a lot thinner as compared to the rest of the face and requires extra attention.
Our busy schedules take a toll on our eyes and add to puffiness, dark circles and fatigued eyes, especially when we’re unable to get a good night’s rest most days. Mornings are tough as it is, we don’t need eye bags to make it worse. Thankfully for us, there’s coffee, eye creams and a mix of the two, to help us battle mornings.
If you’re wondering what’s a good age to start using eye creams, we’d recommend setting the base in your late-20s, so that it seamlessly becomes a habit in your 30s. You can start off with an Under Eye Cream. The formula helps alleviate dark circles while simultaneously protecting against sun damage and providing intense moisturization. All you need to do is, apply a pea-sized amount twice a day - once in the morning and then before bedtime.
Eye cream is the hidden star in your skincare routine - a blessing in disguise. With regular use, you’ll notice your skin becoming much healthier and brighter. #TopTip - Keep your eye product in a cool place, the added coolness will soothe tired skin and help with puffiness.
Can you use regular moisturizer as eye cream?
Well, the answer is no. We wish it did but owing to the super thin and delicate skin around our eyes, it’s important to use the right kind of nourishment. Eye creams are made to penetrate deeper into the skin and provide richer hydration with a quick absorb formula.
The eyes are the first to show signs of ageing such as crows feet, wrinkles and dark spots. Apart from this, we also irritate the skin around our eyes when we apply/remove makeup, wear lenses, or simply rub our eyes. Tugging and stretching the skin makes it lose its elasticity with time, causing creases over time. And since we know prevention is better than cure, we must take the necessary steps to tend to our eyes, and give them the required TLC.
There are a couple of tricks you can add to your routine to tackle all your eye issues, read on to know what they are.
The sun’s UV rays are the primary cause of premature ageing and skin damage. Direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided at all costs. Whenever you step out, be sure to protect your skin using a scarf or a hat and sunglasses. Additionally, consider sunscreen to be your best friend - it’ll protect your skin against fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
2. Incorporate green tea or caffeine
Green tea and caffeine are rich sources of antioxidants. These antioxidants help increase blood circulation which in turn depuffs the skin and reduces dark circles.
Here’s a DIY hack you can try -
Refrigerate two green tea bags and wait for them to cool down. Once cooled down, apply them to your eyes like you would a hot water bottle. Let it rest for 15-20 mins and rinse with cold water afterwards. This will leave your eyes feeling refreshed and cool.
This Morning Puffiness Fix is another power-packed option for your eyes. The coffee-infused duo contains a face serum and undereye cream. Packed with the goodness of caffeine, it’s the ultimate fix for puffy eyes and under-eye bags.
3. Moisturisation and hydration
Constant screen time and pollution strain our eyes. This in turn burdens the skin around them, making it fragile and sunken. It’s important to keep the skin around the eyes hydrated, but eye cream alone cannot do this. In addition to using a moisturizing agent, it’s equally crucial to drink ample amounts of water, which for adults is 2-3 litres a day. Water helps keep the skin supple and soft by flushing out toxins and keeping the skin well hydrated.
4. Regulate your sleep schedule
While these tips will help you get a hold of dark circles, they cannot be a permanent fix. Nothing can replace the good old nourishment that a healthy lifestyle provides. Eating well, regularly exercising, and getting a good night’s sleep never go out of style. After all, sleeping beauty never had dark circles, did she?
5. Face massages
Face massages provide the ultimate relaxation after a long day. They’re an amazing way to improve blood circulation and keep the face free of any inflammation.
Here’s how you can incorporate a small face massage routine before bedtime -
- Apply a few drops of serum to your entire face. Our recommendation is this Green Tea Face Serum.
- Use your fingers to massage your face in a circular motion starting at the temples.
- Using your palms and fingertips, move down through your face, all the way to the jawline and neck. Use the knuckles from your index finger for the under-eye area and massage in a sideways motion.
- Repeat the same action again, and continue for 10-15 mins until your face feels relaxed and massaged.
At the end of the day, age is just a number. Whether you’re approaching your 30s or are already living them, these tips will help you keep your skin at its best!