Under-eye skin is known to be very sensitive and delicate. All the cups of coffee in the world can’t take away the slight bagginess and darkening shades from fatigue, stress, and lack of sleep. This is one of the first areas of our skin that starts to show our age a little more than the rest. All the more reason to pay extra attention to your under-eye skincare routine. Properly caring for your eye area will contribute to improving its elasticity and providing you with a more youthful appearance. So, how to get rid of bags under your eyes? An answer to this question and many more can be found below!
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What’s the skin under our eyes like?
The skin around our eyes is very thin with little oil, which contributes to its rapid ageing and frequent irritation. If you don’t care for it properly, it quickly becomes covered with wrinkles and bruises and becomes dry. The skin under our eyes is about 0.5 mm thick, which means it is several times thinner than the one that covers the rest of our face. Due to the many muscles that work effectively throughout the day, that skin is in constant motion. Conveying emotions, squinting your eyes when you go out into the sun, or straining your eyesight cause the skin to constantly stretch, shrink, and wrinkle.
All these factors affect the skin under your eyes – and not in a good way. They also contribute to its rapid ageing, which is visible in that area of your face much earlier. To keep the skin around your eyes in good condition, you need to pay a lot of attention to it. Unfortunately, we often forget about it and treat it the same way as the skin on the rest of our faces.
How to properly remove makeup from your eyes
Your daily eye makeup removal is an obligatory part of your skincare routine. However, product residue can irritate the delicate eye area, resulting in puffy skin and dark circles under the eyes. Untreated skin cannot regenerate freely, and as a result, it ages faster.
When removing the makeup from our eyes we should use products dedicated to this purpose. We discourage you to use those with which you remove makeup from the rest of your face. Those products are stronger and can dry out and irritate the delicate skin around your eyes. Opt for products that cleanse, moisturise, and nourish your skin. You can choose mild micellar water or delicate tonic. The most important thing is to make sure that they do not contain alcohol and fragrances. Such ingredients can not only dry the skin, but also irritate it.
The movements you make when removing makeup from your eyes are also important. Don’t rub the skin intensively, so you won’t irritate it too much and not stretch it. Put a cotton pad soaked with makeup remover on your eyelid and wait a few seconds for the product to dissolve the mascara or eyeliner. This makes the removal much easier and is more gentle on those more delicate parts of your skin.
Great skincare requires an even better moisturiser
After removing your makeup it’s time to moisturise! This is a crucial step during your under-eye care routine. Due to how thin the skin under your eyes is, you need to provide it with ample moisturising ingredients. The thin, delicate layer of the skin without water can quickly become dry and dehydrated. That causes wrinkles and discolouration to become even more visible.
To properly moisturise your eye area, use dedicated under-eye creams. They have a delicate, light texture and don’t contain fragrances that could irritate your skin. They spread easily and absorb quickly, showing an immediate moisturising effect.
Moisturisers for your eye area usually contain ingredients derived from plants and are rich in vitamins. Good eye cream should also contain ceramides, collagen, elastin, and liposomes. For those of us that are over thirty, it’s worth choosing products enriched with vitamins A and C, which delay the skin ageing process.
Benefits of a good eye cream
A good cream properly cares for the skin around your eyes without irritating it. It should be tested both dermatologically and ophthalmologically.
Eye cream should restore the skin’s proper pH and moisturise it. It can also eliminate redness, bruises and swelling, and visually smooth out the wrinkles. In addition, eye cream protects delicate skin from harmful UV radiation.
When applying day cream to your eye area, spread it thinly under and around the eyes. When applying evening cream, apply a thicker layer that will be absorbed overnight, moisturising the skin even more thoroughly.