Eye care importance
Taking good care of your skin when you're younger will help maintain a youthful complexion as you age. Everything from slathering on SPF to moisturising twice a day will hopefully ensure great skin when you're older, and diet and lifestyle also play an important part. It is especially important you look after the skin around your eyes, which is much thinner than the rest of the skin on your face - 10 times thinner in fact. When we laugh, cry, squint, smile... all of these emotions play out around our eyes and lead to crow's feet. Combined with the fact that skin loses elasticity as we age, due to the breakdown in collagen, and it's of utmost importance that we take extra care of the fragile skin round our eyes.
While applying heavy anti-aging products isn't advised during your teens and 20s, starting an eye cream regime is. Youthful skin doesn't need the cell renewing ingredients that anti-aging creams boast, but it's never too early to start with eye cream.
Creams that offer excellent barrier care are key to keeping the skin around the eyes looking fresh, with rich emollients particularly good for this job. Shea butter is a great all round choice, but if you want to go for something more specific try Clinique's ultra moisturising All About Eyes Rich or Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream.
Hyaluronic acid is a skincare staple for many, and works especially well when applied around the eyes.
Our body already produces hyaluronic acid, a water-holding molecule, which is responsible for hydrating skin and hair. Much like collagen, hyaluronic acid diminishes as we age, but countless beauty products now incorporate the ingredient. Use Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Awakening Balm or Ole Henriksen’s Ultimate Lift Eye Creme to draw in moisture to your eyes.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and is one of the best weapons to use in the war against anti-ageing. However it can be too harsh on some skins, so don't be surprised if your face becomes red and irritated after using. If your skin can tolerate it then it's worth incorporating into your eye care routine as retinol is cell-communicating, which means it can literally tell cells to behave and look younger. It's also packed full of antioxidants, and as famed skin specialist Dr Des Fernandes points out to Cover Media: "Vitamin A and antioxidants are the absolute cornerstone of skincare. If you are not using a skincare which has vitamin A and antioxidants in it, you’re not using skincare. You are using a skin cream." Environ have one of the best ranges of retinol and vitamin A creams on the market.