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The Eyes Have It

The delicate under eye area is one of the places that can show early signs of ageing and reflect our general health at the same time. Many of the clients at my skin clinic in Needham Market ask me if there’s anything they can do about these signs of ageing, and how to look after the skin around their eyes. Of course, I have some great treatments that will help boost the eye area and make your face look and feel a little more youthful, but there are also things that you can do at home to help improve the appearance of this area.

As you age, your skin naturally tends to lose its elasticity. This can be made worse by factors like sun exposure, and your genetics play a part too – some people are more prone to dark circles or fine lines than others. The eye area is surrounded by thin skin that more likely to show ageing than thicker-skinned areas of your face, and it’s completely normal for most people to develop some lines around the area as they get older.

There are, however, a few things that you can do to minimise the dark shadows, fine lines and wrinkles that affect the area. One thing that I tell my clients is to always take off their make up before bed; but today’s make up is harder to remove with hard-wearing mascaras and eye shadows that need extra work to remove them. This is where some people can go wrong; they find themselves rubbing at their eyes too hard in order to take the make-up off. The problem is that too vigorous makeup removal can damage the delicate under-eye skin. Rubbing and pulling at the skin can lead to broken capillaries and dark circles and stresses the skin. Rather than rub away at stubborn eye make-up, opt for an oil-based make up remover designed for the job, or a micellar solution.

Take my advice; eye cream is non-negotiable, especially as we get older. Many people don’t bother with eye cream, but as I mentioned before, the skin around your eyes is thin, and needs extra protection. Thinner skin is more sensitive and vulnerable to damage. Add an AlumierMD eye products to your daily regime, and you will be able to nourish and protect your eye skin. It’s also important to eat well – foods that contain vitamin K will help to boost collagen production and cell growth; vitamin C helps to brighten skin and prevents further damage; and vitamin B improves skin elasticity by boosting the production of fatty acids.

If the skin around your eyes is a concern for you, I’m happy to talk to you about other ways that you can easily minimise the appearance of ageing around the eyes. I offer some lovely, really effective treatments such as the CACI Eye Revive - a 30-minute treatment that soothes while reducing dark circles, lines and wrinkles. The treatment uses serum filled CACI microcurrent eye rollers to gently tighten and tone the muscles, infused with CACI Eye Revive serum to nourish. I also offer RF Skin Tightening which tightens the skin by boosting collagen production to give a plumping effect.

If you have any concerns about your skincare and want to know how I can help, I’m always delighted to hear from people, so feel free to contact me.

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