We can look into someone’s eyes and observe their thoughts, emotions and feelings. Our eyes, like our body language, can reveal our truth. Just as importantly though, our eyes can show whether we have health problems, such as diabetes, fatigue, stress and even retinal detachment (Bausch & Lomb, 2019). It is not only the eyes that can reveal medical conditions, however, as the skin around our eyes, known as the periocular area, can also indicate medical problems, such as thyroid disease (Cavazos, 2017), whilst laughter and frown lines can portray our emotional state.
Lifestyle choices, such as poor nutrition, smoking infrequent exercise, disturbed sleep and stress can be the cause of eye bags, dark circles and puffiness, making us look tired and weary, while sun exposure, and environmental factors, like pollution, can have an adverse impact on the skin around our eyes. Ultimately, both our lifestyle choices and environment factors can contribute towards premature ageing around the eye contour. Fortunately, there are ways in which we can maintain and even improve our skin around the eye, which is the focus of this blog. General issues will be discussed, and products recommended. Firstly, however, let’s have a look at the eye contour in more depth, so that we can understand why this area tends to age quicker than other areas of the face.
the eye contour
The skin around the eyes is also known as the adnexa. It is thinnest on the eyelids, which becomes even thinner as we age, due to loss of collagen and elastin and this is one reason why the skin around our eyes ages quicker than the rest of our facial skin. In order to care for the area around the eye, it is useful to understand the process of skin cell renewal.