Your eyes may be the window to the soul, but they’re often the first “tell” of your biological age. Environmental factors, facial expressions, and lifestyle habits quickly appear on your face, especially around the eye area. This thin, delicate skin requires special care to be at its best. Follow these best practices to nourish, restore, and correct the visible signs of aging around the eyes.
1. Support Delicate Skin With the Right Skincare Regimen
The skin surrounding the eyes is especially thin, lacking fatty tissue that plumps the skin surrounding it. This means that the first signs of aging typically strike around the eyes. Further aging can be advanced through repeated facial movements like squinting and even smiling.
Don’t let the etchings of your joy get you down; smile lines and wrinkles are to be expected over time. However, supportive skincare can help nourish the delicate skin surrounding the eyes and reduce lines and wrinkles.
Choose an eye cream that’s formulated for this sensitive area, ideally without too much, if any fragrance. One key ingredient to look for is caffeine, which constricts blood vessels in the skin, reducing puffiness.
Tretinoin cream applied to the under-eye area and the sides of the eyes can reduce lines and wrinkles. Over time, Tretinoin can also improve overall cell structure, thanks to its active ingredients promoting cell growth. The result is smoother, brighter skin under and around the eyes.
2. Add Facial Massage to Your Daily Routine
An increasingly popular technique that’s taken social media by storm, facial massage, isn’t a fad. The practice is rooted in Eastern medicine and, when done properly, can improve lymphatic drainage and reduce facial swelling.
Similarly, Eastern practices like gua sha and cupping promote stagnant lymph flow. In extreme cases, dedicated practitioners can see significant changes in appearance. Research facial massage best practices and techniques to ensure safety before starting your routine.
Generally, most routines begin at the base of the neck, activating the lymph glands located there. Then, with clean hands and non-comedogenic facial oil, gently stroke the neck in soft, downward movements. Travel up to the center of the face and out, always directing fluid down the neck. This ensures fluid isn’t trapped throughout the face but can be excreted naturally.
Hydrate well before and after your practice, as this technique requires additional hydration to be its most effective. With consistent massage, most people report slimmer faces, more definition, and reduced lines, wrinkles, and swelling.
3. Incorporate Cold Therapy to Decrease Puffiness
Cold therapy is a fan-favorite of athletes and holistic practitioners, but it deserves a spot in your anti-aging routine, too. Cold temperatures cause blood vessels to constrict, and when cold is applied to puffy under-eyes, skin tightens.
Incorporate cold therapy into your facial routine daily for a non-invasive, ingredient-free boost. Stash an ice roller in your freezer and use it to start your day refreshed. Snap the gel-filled barrel into the handle while you make your morning coffee. By the time you’re done, coffee is ready and your face has depuffed.
You can use a cold jade roller to apply skincare products for a luxurious, spa-like experience too. This extra touch can help preserve precious products while keeping the cold benefits coming.
Pair cold therapy with or alternate it with your lymphatic drainage practice for consistent results you can achieve anywhere. Doing so is a great option if you’re cycling skincare products or having especially puffy or tired eyes. Cold therapy can also soothe inflammation due to illness or allergies, so equipping your toolkit well is a smart move.
4. Adjust Lifestyle Habits for Wide-Ranging Anti-Aging Benefits
If graceful aging is on your mind, you already know that your nutrition and sleep habits influence your appearance. However obvious, many adults don’t get the sleep they need for optimal health or their best aging experience.
Get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night and prioritize creating a bedtime routine. Reduce blue light exposure before bed, ideally avoiding it completely to allow the body to recognize its circadian rhythm. Adjust device settings to nighttime, which cuts blue light cast, which otherwise signals the body to be alert.
If you need to work toward these sleep targets, focus on getting complete sleep cycles first. Generally spanning 90 minutes, the body’s sleep cycles allow for deep rest and, when interrupted, can be extra tiring. Avoid interrupting a cycle for the sake of a snooze, and your body and eyes will thank you.
Applying sunscreen daily, following product instructions for eye proximity, is another important habit. Wear hats and sunglasses with UV protection when outside, protecting the delicate eye area from damage and over-squinting. Doing so can reduce the risk of skin cancer, advanced aging, and premature wrinkles.
Ease Into Aging with Grace
There’s a difference between covering up the signs of aging and correcting them. For long-term, real results, the best way to age gracefully is to address the root issues causing advanced aging. While you can’t reverse time, you can still cultivate a youthful appearance without extreme measures. When you support your skin with healthy habits and science-backed skincare, you’ll look and feel more youthful than ever.