If there’s one thing we’ve gotten wiser about in skin care, it’s the importance of taking preventative steps to slow down the aging process. Especially around our eyes where we tend to show the years faster and more significantly than other facial characteristics. So what can we do now to slow down the development of fine lines, sagging lids and under-eye puffiness? Here are a few ideas:
Injections for prevention: Many dermatologists and facial plastic surgeons have begun offering neurotoxin injections, like Botox or Dysport, to stop wrinkles before they even start. The concept is that if you stop the muscle movement early, then you stop the exaggerated expressions that lead to wrinkles, particularly those vertical lines that develop from repeated scowling or squinting.
Keep grime away: After a long day, you may just want to collapse on the pillow, but it’s important to clean the day’s grime and makeup off your face. Dirt and makeup left to fester, can clog pores and capture dead skin cells that dull your skin tone. Also, wash your pillow case regularly-it’s a breeding zone for bacteria.
Boost your collagen: You may think you can wait to start using anti-aging facial products, but it’s best to start boosting collagen production in your skin now (no matter what age you are). Start sooner, rather than later to maintain good skin structure around your eyes and avoid the sunken look, along with droopy brows. To boost collagen, opt for products that include ingredients like vitamin C, peptides and hyaluronic acid. When the time comes for filler injections to restore volume around your eyes, you may need less and will be able to achieve more natural results.
Cover them up: Here’s a simple preventative tip: wear sunglasses. Wearing shades regularly offers protection from UV rays-one of the main causes of premature aging. Choose large frames with dark lenses to protect your eyes and the area around them, and if you can, throw on a hat too.
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