Did you know that the skin around our eyes is three to five times thinner than the rest of our face? It is also the muscle that gets the biggest workout - according to the Guinness World Records, our eye muscles make around 100,000 micro-movements a day. This frequent movement also causes the eye area to be especially prone to fine line compared to the rest of our body.
Our lifestyles and daily habits can also lead to the formation of wrinkles, redness, dryness, puffiness and dark circles around our eyes. Besides being visible signs of ageing, these can even lead to a reduced vision. When one is stressed out (as we often are), the body would direct blood to essential organs, resulting in a paler complexion that causes our dark circles to look more prominent too. Likewise, our eating habits can take a toll on our eye health. The frequent intake of salty and processed foods would give rise to fluid retention and thus, puffy eyes.
We explore how changing your daily habits can protect our precious peepers.
1. Be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
We all know that sleep plays an essential role in our physical health. But did you know that it affects our eye health too? A good night's rest allows our eyes to rest, regenerate and heal, and a lack of which can lead to dark circles and a swelling of the eye area. In addition, it can also result in our eyes becoming dry, itchy and bloodshot, causing pain and irritation. You may thus experience blurred vision and even, a reduced ability to focus, work, or read. FYI, adults are recommended to have at least 7-9 hours of sleep on a daily basis, whereas children require 9-11 hours of sleep each day.
Our sleeping position greatly matters too. Another cause of under eye bags is poor lymphatic circulation. As comfortable as it may be, avoid sleeping on your stomach as this position can cause your face to fold into the pillow which would place an unnecessary strain on the skin around your eyes. Experts recommend that the best position is to sleep on your back, with one or two pillows propping your head up which helps to improve circulation, preventing fluid retention in the eye area.
Always a good time for a nap | Credits: @inesmelia
2. Drop those devices.
From using computers at work to binge-watching Netflix at night, we spend most of the day staring at screens. Humans are not built to stare at the blue light emitting from digital screens, and being exposed to it for countless hours on a daily basis may cause damage to our eyes. Follow the 20-20-20 rule and look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds, every 20 mins, to reduce eye strain and fatigue.
In addition, we are often so engrossed with our devices that we forget to blink, which causes the tear film on the eyes - a thin layer of liquid that protects the surface of the eye - to evaporate, leading to dry eyes syndrome and discomfort. Always remember to blink often!
Why not go out for a walk and embrace nature? | Credits: @jestem_kasia
3. No-See, No-Touch.
Between typing feverishly on iPhones, running palms along handrails and handling cash, it is probably not a surprise that our hands come in contact with millions of germs everyday. Yet, how many of us are guilty of not washing our hands often enough?
When we touch our faces, said bacteria, viruses and other allergens transfer from our fingertips onto the skin. Thus, when we rub our eyes, it increases the risk of eye inflammation, known as conjunctivitis (or pink eye). Worse still, it can create microscopic tears in the tissue (making the eye area look older faster) or break the capillaries under eye (intensifying dark circles).
Though rubbing your eyes may provide a momentary sense of relief, it is ultimately harmful in the long term. When something gets into your eyes, use a sterile solution to wash them instead. If you absolutely need to touch your eye area, always wash your hands thoroughly first.
Shield your eyes, but not with your hands. | Credits: @esedeluna
4. Protect, protect, protect.
A common skincare mistake is the application of regular facial products on the eye area, which may be too harsh for the delicate skin. Instead, it is recommended that we only apply serums and creams specially formulated for the eye area. When choosing an eye skincare product, it is essential to pick one that contains gentle and non-irritating compounds, as well as nourishing ingredients to prevent crepiness and fine lines.
In addition, try massaging your eye area on a regular basis. Not only would this soothe your tired eyes, but it would also help reduce dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.
Filled with tetrapeptides, Crème Simon’s Brightening Multi-Benefits Eye Treatment aids in anti-eye bag and anti-dark circles activity with its draining and decongesting effect, while stimulating the regeneration of collagen fibers in dermis. The product is also formulated with a special botanical extract of Butcher’s Broom, Water Pennywort, Calendula, Horse Chestnut and Licorice Extract. These all-natural active ingredients help to protect the blood capillaries by reinforcing their tonicity, and also improve microcirculation to reduce dark circles and brighten eyes. Packed in a convenient twist-pen, with a hygienic on/off switch and roller tip, it helps you massage away fine lines and puffiness with five metal micro-spheres that aid in boosting blood circulation and reducing dark circles.
Take 5 minutes to do this simple yet effective eye massage to decompress and feel your muscles relax at the end of the work day. Your eyes will thank you for it.