When it comes to looking younger, we need to concentrate our efforts on the areas that matter most – that is where others will see first. For that reason, I love to work on my eye area as the eye area is where we are drawn to with eye contact. If the eyes are shining and bright and the skin around is good, that will be where there focus will stay.
For me the eyes are the windows to the soul and we all need help in this area. As you study/learn about facial expressions, we can tell so very much from the eyes, forehead around the mouth as to the person’s health or concerns they may be experiencing.
Sometimes, however, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Fortunately, researchers recently released a couple of new studies that offer some guidance. Our skin contains sebaceous glands, which secrete oil to lubricate the skin and help protect it. However, our sebaceous glands are not evenly distributed across our faces. This study found that wrinkles tend to be deeper in areas with fewer sebaceous glands, particularly the areas around the eyes.
A no of Japanese were selected, from people aged 20 to 90, the researchers determined that the more sebaceous glands present in the forehead, the shallower the wrinkles in that area. The area just outside the corner of the eye doesn’t have these glands, so this may be why wrinkles deepen faster there. The researchers do caution us that because their research was only on Japanese people results may be different for others. However, their work does raise an important reminder: the skin around the eye is delicate, and it needs special attention. Left untreated, it often wrinkles faster and more deeply than the rest of our skin. As the first study indicated, this can cause us to look older.
Fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to keep the skin around our eyes looking young. First, drink plenty of water. Hydration is essential to flushing toxins out of the skin and keeping skin elastic and healthy. Second, get plenty of sleep. I don’t have to tell you that the skin around your eyes doesn’t look healthy when you aren’t well rested. Third, protect your skin from the sun, both with sunscreen and with sunglasses. Lastly use a good under eye treatment or moisturiser.
Here’s to more beautiful eyes,
Judy & the LCA Team