Caring for the fragile skin around your eyes
Your eyes may be the window to your soul – betraying emotions even when your speech and body language may indicate something different. But the eyes – and more specifically the delicate skin around the eyes – are also good indicators of aging, stress, sleep deprivation, and overall health.
Common eye area concerns
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin on your face. It contains no oil glands, and is vulnerable to getting irritated or dehydrated – especially in harsh weather. So it’s not surprising that this small area can have a big effect on your appearance.
Puffiness, dark circles, under-eye bags, dryness, and discoloration are concerns that many people share – they can make you look tired, stressed, or unhealthy, even when you’re not.
Causes of dark circles, under-eye bags, puffiness, and discoloration
As we age, the tissue in our body’s support systems weaken. Some of the muscle tone around the eyes can become diminished, leading to drooping and sagging. At the same time, the fat stores under our skin decrease, again leading to sagging skin.
And while it’s normal to see some puffiness around the eyes when you first wake up in the morning, a lack of sleep can lead to that puffiness staying with you. When you’re sleep deprived or stressed, your body isn’t functioning at 100%, which means that your circulatory system may not be efficiently flushing out the fluids that are causing the under-eye bags, dark circles, and puffiness.
Unfortunately, for some people under-eye bags and dark circles are hereditary – even the healthiest person can get them.
What can you do to keep your eyes looking young and refreshed?
As with almost anything relating to beauty and physical appearance, a healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward caring for the skin around your eyes. Avoid unnecessary stress, get adequate sleep, eat healthy foods, and use moderation when it comes to food and drink that can cause fluid retention: alcohol, sugar, caffeine, salt, and fried foods. But make sure to drink plenty of water.
A cold compress can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles, bags and puffiness. In the same way ice will help alleviate swelling on other parts of the body, the cold will reduce the puffiness under your eyes.
Using an under-eye cream such as Mellisa B Naturally’s Pack Your Bags™ with Caffeine can also help reduce the look of under-eye bags and puffiness. The caffeine and horse chestnut extract in Pack Your Bags™ have anti-inflammatory properties, while the CoQ10 and Rose Hip Extracts are antioxidants and anti-irritants. Plus, it’s moisturizing and soothing, to help protect the delicate eye area. Our formula is made with natural ingredients, and contains no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or any other harsh ingredients.