Age is coming for all of us, but it doesn’t have to show up early. There are a lot of choices that can be made every day to protect the skin and ward off the development of wrinkles. Wrinkles usually form under the eyes first, because the skin located there is more delicate than the skin on the rest of the face. This sensitive skin must be protected early on in life, if wrinkles are going to be prevented. Fortunately, protecting this skin is really easy, and small choices you make every day can make a huge difference.
Take a Lighter Morning Shower
It doesn’t take an expensive skincare regimen to ward off wrinkles. One of the easiest things you can do for the skin under the eyes is just keep it from being exposed to things that cause it irritation. One of the strongest irritants that skin is exposed to everyday is hot water.
When you take your shower in the morning, protect the skin under your eyes by avoiding direct contact with the stream. Instead, wash your face only with a soft cloth that’s been given a little time to cool. Both the heat and the pressure of falling water can irritate the skin, leading to the early development of wrinkles.
Grab Your Sunglasses before You Leave
After showers, the biggest daily threat facing the skin under your eyes is the sun. Prolonged sun exposure without protection certainly isn’t recommended for any part of your skin. That kind of exposure is associated with the development of sunspots, red patches on the skin, and of course, wrinkles.
Choosing a large pair of sunglasses and keeping them with you will allow you eliminate one of the more frequent threats to that area of the skin. If you typically wear eyeglasses, you can wear prescription sunglasses or fitover sunglasses. Use them whenever the sun becomes uncomfortable. If your eyes don’t like it, your skin probably doesn’t either. Make sure that the sunglasses you choose are properly rated for UV protection.
Shop around for a Moisturizer Your Skin Likes
Moisturizers work, but not all moisturizers work for everyone. Also, not everyone makes sure that the skin just under their eyes gets the same treatment their hands do. Moisturizing your skin as a daily habit is effective, and you don’t need to use expensive or designer moisturizers to do it. What you should do, though, is test around with the options you can afford until you find one that responds best with your skin.
A moisturizer that doesn’t cause a noticeable difference-or worse-causes your skin to break out more often, should be disqualified from your daily regimen.
Most of All, Be Aware
The most effective way to protect the delicate skin under your eyes is to be aware of it. After that, treatment of wrinkles is always an option. Avoid tugging at it, rubbing it or irritating with harsh chemicals. Fortunately, it’s pretty good at letting you know when it’s bothered. Tingling or redness signals that the skin needs to be treated more gently to prevent the development of wrinkles.
About the Author:
Born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, Dr Crippen has attended three Canadian Universities and obtained four educational titles including his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). After receiving his M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2001, Dr. Crippen then completed his specialty training at the University of Manitoba over the next two years. He has worked extensively in public and private medicine since 2003, but in response to rising demand, Dr Crippen has devoted his practice exclusively to both medical & cosmetic skin care procedures/treatments at his clinic.
A Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery in Cosmetic Procedures, Dr. Crippen has trained with physicians who are at the forefront of laser & aesthetic medicine. He has made many educational visits to medical laser clinics throughout North America and Europe.