Answering Your Questions about Ageing and the Eyes

374x320 eye concernsYour eyes are one of the first places where visible signs of ageing begin to emerge. No matter how bright and sparkling your smile is, having dark circles, puffiness or wrinkles around your eyes can feel downright embarrassing.

If you feel this way, you’re not alone. The most common problems cited by my clients are puffiness around the eyes, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles and dry, flaky skin. Many clients come to me frustrated after it becomes apparent that makeup, eating well, and keeping up their water intake can only do so much.

So what makes the eye area susceptible to these conditions? The skin around your eye is very different to the skin on the rest of your face. It is thinner, more transparent and more often exposed to UV light – on average only 0.5mm thick, compared to 2mm thick on the rest of your body. This makes the eye area quite delicate and vulnerable to ageing.

If you’re wondering what to do, read these FAQs about how different eye conditions occur and how you can solve them.

What causes dark circles?

As our skin thins with age, the blood under the skin becomes more visible. Add to this the fact that the skin around our eyes is easily bruised by rubbing. Red blood cells can get lost and wander into surrounding skin, causing blood to pool and haemoglobin to oxidise. When this happens, the skin changes colour.

What causes dryness?

Ageing skin has fewer sweat and oil glands, making the skin around the eyes more prone to dryness. Over time, this results in low moisture retention, which makes the skin in this area susceptible to fine lines, dryness and flaking.

What causes puffiness?

Puffiness around the eye can also occur due to ageing. As we age, the blood supply and the lymphatic system around our eyes becomes compromised. Over time this results in fluid build-up, poor drainage, fragile capillaries, and loss of elasticity – all of which contribute to puffiness.

What can I do to address my eye concerns?

If you’ve exhausted your options (you’re drinking lots of water, eating well and makeup isn’t enough to cover your dark circles or eye puffiness), luckily there are products available to help.

For example, you might like to try cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are scientifically proven to make visible changes to the skin, including the delicate eye area. They can help to:

  • Reduce the look of dark under eye circles
  • Decrease puffiness
  • Smooth out fine lines and wrinkles

Holly Copping is the Director of Territory Laser Clinic in Darwin, and is the Northern Territory’s first fully qualified Dermal Therapist. After studying for two years she graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science through the AACDS in Perth. Holly specialises in skin and laser treatments and is a Syneron Candela Laser Certified Practitioner and IPL/Laser Safety Officer.holly copping

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