Your eyes are not just the windows to your soul but they’re also the windows to your age. In fact, studies have shown that when strangers are asked to judge how old a person is, it’s the eye area that’s the giveaway.
Have you noticed it yet? For women over 40 (or even 35), the delicate skin around our eyes is usually the first place where fine lines/wrinkles and even brown discolouration suddenly show up. The causes are just as you’d expect: exposure to sun and pollution, stress, and late nights. So how do we keep our eyes looking young and gorgeous as we age?
Houston Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Mirwat Sami has the answers with 10 doable tips.
WOMEN OVER 40: SECRETS FOR YOUNGER LOOKING EYES
1. EAT HEALTHY EYE FOODS
Foods high in Vitamin C like strawberries, oranges, and leafy greens protect against wrinkles and dry skin, as well as cataracts and macular degeneration. Antioxidants like those found in green tea and berries are needed to fight inflammation and protect against pollutants and aging. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, flax seeds and walnuts help both your skin and eyes by regulating the fluid in your body.
2. DON’T FEAR BOTOX
Botox and fillers can dramatically improve the appearance of the eye area without surgery. If you’ve got volume loss under the eyelids, fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane adds volume to the area and provides support and lift to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Using injectables can also help slow down the development of additional lines and wrinkles by reducing muscle movement. The cost depends on amount injected and number of injection sites.
3. USE NO-INJECTION COSMETIC PROCEDURES
There are a variety of laser treatments available that allow skincare professionals to target certain areas and treat certain conditions. Resurfacing lasers, like Fractionated Erbium or CO2, can dramatically tighten the skin around the eyes with two to seven days of downtime, depending on the strength of laser. Mircrodermabrasion and chemical peels should not be performed around the eyes due to the sensitivity of the area and delicacy of the skin.
4. KEEP LOWER LASHES BARE
Don’t use eyeliner and mascara on your lower lash line. Eyeliner can make eyes look smaller and tired if used incorrectly. Mascara on the bottom lashes highlights crow’s feet and dark circles. Plus, eyes look naturally brighter when left bare along the bottom lash line. For a subtle cat eye, use eyeliner to draw a thin line along the upper lash line, making it thicker as you near the outer corner.
5. DON’T RULE OUT SURGERY
You may need to go the surgical route. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both. Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes. Specifically, eyelid surgery can treat:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
6. SHADE YOUR EYES
Make sure to apply sunscreen and wear sunglasses. Even when it’s not hot outside, UV rays can cause lasting damage. In addition, sunglasses will protect you from excessive squinting in the bright light.
7. USE EYE CREAM RELIGIOUSLY
Using a moisturizing eye cream is essential to staying clear of wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dry skin can lead to cracks, wrinkles and bags. Be sure to choose an eye cream with SPF to keep the delicate skin surrounding the eye in tip-top shape all year round. In addition, retinol helps to combat wrinkles and keep crow’s feet at bay by boosting collagen. However, it is best to use an eye cream containing retinol at night because UV exposure can break down this potent ingredient.
8. REMOVE YOUR EYE MAKEUP
It is important to be gentle when removing eye makeup. The skin surrounding your eyes is very delicate and rubbing off eye makeup can worsen crow’s feet over time. Instead of rubbing your eyes to get it all off, press down with a cotton pad containing eye makeup remover and wipe gently.
9. REDUCE YOUR SALT INTAKE
Eating too much salt is another don’t when it comes to eye care. Under eye bags are intensified when you have a diet high in sodium. To reduce puffiness and swelling, skip the cucumbers and use slices of raw potatoes instead. This underrated vegetable contains a protein that also brightens skin.
10. DON’T OVER-PLUCK
Getting tweezer happy with your eyebrows is a bad idea. Hairs become thinner as you age, so over-plucking your brows will only do more harm. When you’re done shaping your brows, use your tweezers or tiny scissors to clean up the arch to open up the look of your eyes.
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Dr. Mirwat Sami is one of a handful of physicians across the country uniquely qualified to treat both medical and cosmetic problems of the face around the eyes. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Sami has fine-tuned her skills in cosmetic procedures that can unveil and highlight the inner beauty of her patients. She skillfully combines a woman’s perspective with a keen surgical eye to detail and safety.