Sun spots, age spots, dark circles and wrinkles are all effects of environmental damage we are naturally exposed to. Free radicals, the sun, time, stress and lack of sleep all play a part in the way our skin ages. Protecting ourselves from these natural elements will ensure the eyes remain youthful and bright.
Using the proper skincare for your particular age and lifestyle is also the first step to creating a perfect eye look. Whether you like to subtly enhance your natural eye, create dramatic colorful looks, or are an eyeliner aficionado, starting with properly hydrated, healthy skin ensures your efforts are not upstaged by natural signs of stress or aging.
Here are a few common eye area concerns and how to combat them with natural products:
Tired eyes: Whether from bar hopping in downtown Arlington, managing a multi-state commute or a case of insomnia, puffiness and dark circles tells the world what you’d like to forget- you’re exhausted. Caffeine not only perks the sleepy mind up but is an effective ingredient in eye treatments. Try 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. This has antioxidents to protect skin from the environment and will repair skin and perk up tired eyes (www.www.100percentpure.com/Default.asp). Guys can use the Eye Cream by Anthony Logistics for Men. Caffeine is combined with Green Tea to reduce puffiness. There are also anti-aging ingredients, like Wheat protein and vitamin E which tighten and moisturize. Anthony products are available at local Sephora’s. Also, at Macy’s you can find GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream by Origins that combines caffeine and Ginseng to rapidly restore the radiance in tired eyes.
Aging eyes: Even if you are already seeing signs of aging, like dark circles or fine lines, it’s not too late to reverse the hands of time or prevent advanced signs of aging from setting in. Caudalie has an amazing multi-tasking eye cream that is full of natural ingredients to help with many problems such as puffiness or loss of elasticity, wrinkles, dryness, dark circles, and age spots. This refreshing cream might not be cheap, but remember when you use an eye cream you only use a small amount, so it should last you 3-6 months. This product can be found at the Sephora in Arlington or Georgetown.
Dry Skin: Lines can be caused by dry skin, so just moisturizing alone can make you look younger. Properly hydrated skin wears make up better, and the moisturizer should help protect your skin from the elements, which is especially important as it gets colder and dryer outside in Northern Virginia. Try the Shea Butter Ultra Rich Eye Balm by L’Occitane en provence. The moisturizing effect will last for up to 24 hours, preventing any tightness or dehydration. Stop by the L’Occitane boutique in The Fashion Center at Pentagon City to learn more or try their other eye products.
Virgin skin: Never heard of eye cream? Is the thought of using a serum and moisturizer twice a day overwhelming? Start with a simple all in one cream. You may not need it yet, but you’ll thank yourself later. Look for a lightweight eye cream with sunscreen. The Body Shop has a perfect eye duo to get started- Each end features a different product. One side has a The Eye Radiance cream with a wand for easy application which hydrates sensitive skin while providing sunscreen protection. The other side is their Revive Gel rollerball to refresh the eye area. The Body Shop is also located in The Fashion Center at Pentagon City.
Remember that the skin around your eyes is extra delicate and unique, so it’s important to use products specifically designed for the eye area.