It’s true… the first signs of an ageing skin usually develops with crepey thin skin around the delicate eye area.

We usually become aware of this as our make up will cling to dry and wrinkly skin or you may find you are stretching the skin to apply your skincare products and make up.

It can be somewhat alarming and begins to become apparent around our mid 30’s. Loss of volume, fat and collagen around the delicate eye area can be disconcerting and lead to sensitivity in the skin. Or you may have a predisposition to dark circles. While lifestyle factors can contribute to this problem its often a genetic propensity to hyperpigmentation in this area that is the main cause.

But how do you know what the cause is? Adopting general lifestyle improvements; like keeping hydrated with plenty of fresh water and including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet is a great place to start and good for your general health too. There are specific fruits and vegetables that are said to help lift a pesky dark circle (and prevent them from getting worse), too. Tomatoes, for example ; contain an antioxidant called lycopene which boosts circulation and protects blood vessels. Other foods to fill up on include blueberries, watermelon, oranges and beetroot – incorporate plenty of these into your diet.

Common causes of dark circles 

  • fatigue
  • allergies.
  • allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • contact dermatitis.
  • heredity.
  • pigmentation irregularities.
  • sun exposure
  • ageing
  • smoking
  • dietary deficiencies
  • thinning of skin
  • reduced levels of fatty tissues around the eyes
  • dehydration
Take the pinch test – Skincare guru, Dr Dennis Gross says “If you pinch the skin and lift it off the surface and it stays brown, this means you have a pigment problem. On the other hand, if the colour looks better when you do this, you likely have an issue with dilated veins.”
Shake up your skincare 
Look for ingredients like caffeine to improve pigmentation, hyaloronic acid to hydrate, vitamin c to lighten and SCA growth factors to reinvigorate the look of tired eyes.

Try our favourite skincare line – ALL SKIN MED – Anti-Wrinkle Eye Contour Cream is £50.00

Key Ingredients and actions

  • Regenerating and repairing: SCA PRO growth factors.
  • Firming, decongestant peptides.
  • Reducing puffiness: Protein of soy.
  • Anti-ox: Superoxide dismutase.
  • Instant luminosity: Soft focus microspheres.

 

Advanced Anti wrinkle Eye Contour is a light gel with active ingredients which help reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. Based on growth factors, it helps to regenerate skin and reduced visible signs of ageing. Delicately coloured pigments soften and brighten the eye contour areas and mask dark circles.

 

 

How to use : Gently pat a small quantity [half a pump only] onto the eye contour area morning and evening. Apply this product before any other.

 

 

 

 

In clinic treatments that can help

EndyMed iFine targets the delicate skin around the eyes delivering targeted heat into the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin allowing your existing collagen to contract and trigger a heat response which causes your fibroblasts in the skin to produce new collagen. Over your course of treatment, this gentle heating tightens the skin, giving a much more youthful and firmer look and encourages circulation and lymphatic drainage around the eye area.
This treatment should be considered from your early thirties as a preventative treatment.
At home 

To help shrink dilated blood vessels, anything cold is your friend. Pop your Gua Sha blade in the fridge. Apply oil and gently glide the cool tool outwards towards the temples. You can use tiny circular movements too which will help to improve microcirculation.

Or use Ice Globes for a deeper cool run over the skin to de-puff and oyxgenate while lightening dark circles – it’s also an invigorating way to start the day!
Many people swear by using a silk pillow case too and having an extra pillow to raise your head and improve lymphatic drainage.
If you are concerned about the signs of ageing around your eyes – please mention this to your therapist next time you visit and they will advise you on our treatments and homecare
Team Pod x

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