You use your eyes everyday, and you probably want them to last a lifetime, so you need to plan on taking good care of them. That includes getting regular check-ups, even if you do not wear glasses. Our eyes, like the rest of our bodies, can tend to wear out with age, and having them looked at by a professional can help mitigate any problems that start to occur due to the normal aging process.
Regularly wearing sunglasses outside is also important to help your eyes. Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement. The right sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV rays. Were you aware that your eyes can become sunburned just like your skin? It’s true, and it is called photokeratitis. That is a short term problem, and long term exposure can cause additional issues such as an increased possibility of cataracts or macular degeneration.
For these reasons, taking care of your eyes is important, but it is also important to take care of the skin around your eyes. For one thing – where do people look when they are looking at you? Your eyes, right? If the skin around your eyes has bags and wrinkles then people will notice. However, there is more than just the cosmetic reason to take care of the skin around your eyes.
The skin around your eyes, if it droops or pulls, can also interfere with your vision, and this is a serious problem. The reason that the skin around our eyes tends to have more problems sooner than the other skin on our bodies is due to its composition. It is thinner than the rest of the skin on our faces, and as we age collagen breaks down and the skin loses elasticity. Aside from normal activities (like rubbing your eyes, removing make-up or crying), blinking alone results in 10,000 movements per day, and each of the movements is a tiny little tug on the skin around your eye.
So what can you do to care for the skin around your eyes? Here are a few helpful tips, and incidentally, most of them are good tips for your health overall:
- Drink plenty of water (this is for all your skin, not just the skin around your eyes
- Avoid execssive alcohol, which can lead to dehrydation (see above – we need plenty of water!)
- Avoid smoking cigarettes – which is good for your while body
- Wear sunglasses – as we discussed, this helps with the UV rays, but it also keeps your from squinting, which will increase your wrinkles
- Use a quality moisturizer or eye cream.
You don’t need to invest in the top of the line most expensive moisturizer or eye cream to gain benefits. In fact, you can even use a few household ingredients, and a mini food processor, to whip up your own eye cream at home. Here is an example of a great make at home eye cream. If you don’t have the best food processor then don’t panic, you can also make a variety of soothing eye treatments without one.