Under eye skin care is one of the most delicate and important parts of self-care. Most of us forget to address this part or ignore it in the larger scheme of things. The thing is — your under eye skin is delicate, thin, and has lots of blood capillaries running under it. This means it needs extra love and care from you. So don’t wait for those under eye bags to swell, or dark circles to hit. Don’t wait for fine lines or wrinkles to appear. Because here’s an ultimate guide to care and protect your under eyes.
How to Protect your Under Eyes?
The first step in protecting your under eye skin area is understanding. The next is caring. You need to understand that your under eye needs 3 main things — moisture, sleep, and skin nutrients. Once you know how to provide these, it is only a matter of taking care that you do it the right way and regularly. It is as simple as that. Let us break it down into steps:
- Use an Under Eye Cream
Our under eye area doesn’t have oil glands to moisten it, so it is more prone to drying, more prone to early wrinkles, fine lines, and even sagging. But don’t worry, even if you face one of these problems, it is easy to plump your under eye skin using an under eye cream. A good under eye cream not only helps nourish the skin, but also moisturises the area to keep it firm.
- Sun Protection
This is another overlooked aspect of skincare, but that’s a topic for another blog. In regards to under eye skin care, sun protection plays a vital role. Prolonged sun exposure is known to cause sunburns, aging, dark spots, and pigmentation of the skin. Imagine what it would do to your delicate under eyes! Dark circles develop rapidly among those who don’t use sunscreen regularly on their under eye. So use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with high SPF. For extra coverage, wear wide-brimmed hats and dark sun-protecting glasses whenever under direct sun. And, do not forget to apply your sunscreen to your upper eyelids. They are usually ignored.
Another gentle reminder — don’t ditch your sunscreen on wintery or gloomy days, because even when the sun is not hitting you directly, the harmful UV rays are still reaching your skin.
- Beauty Sleep
Dark circles have been directly linked to lack of sleep. You may have even experienced it in your life when fitful, short bouts of sleep for a few days left you with dark and puffy under eyes. So it is no surprise that sleep should be a major part of the ultimate guide to care and protect your under eyes. To start with, make a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night, try to avoid any devices at least 1 hour before bed, and try and keep at least an 8-hour sleep cycle. This will go a long way in keeping your under eyes fresh and protected.
- Skin Nutrients
Well, our under eye skin needs to be nourished with external nutrients from time to time. These ingredients depend on what problems you face:
Wrinkles & Fine Lines:
- Hydrating ingredients that prevent loss of moisture
- Ingredients that plump up your skin
- Retinoids that work for anti-aging
- Retinol to stimulate collagen production
- Ingredients to brighten pigmented skin
- Kojic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B3 (niacinamide)
- azelaic acid
Puffy Under Eyes:
- Caffeine (topical)
- Willow Herb
- Green tea extracts or even Green tea bags
- Coffeeberry polyphenols
- Dipeptide-2 (Eyeliss)
- Antioxidants to keep your under eye skin looking young, firm, and healthy
- Antioxidants also protect from the sun, pollutants, and slow down the aging process
- Green tea for overall skin brightening and skin-soothing
- Vitamin C, E, and B3
Now these nutrients and ingredients listed above cannot always be used in their raw form. So you need to look for under creams and serums with one or more of these.
That word itself begins to relax us, doesn’t it? Well, for the under eye too, some gentle massage goes a long way in caring and protecting it. And you don’t need somebody to do it for you, it is a couple of simple massaging movements that you can easily learn and implement.
A gentle under eye massage can easily lift your spirits, make your under eye look brighter and firmer, and erase any sleeplessness from last night. It can also improve blood circulation and reduce water retention. All of these help a great deal in looking good for the time being. Massaging is a temporary solution, but when done regularly, it keeps your under eye skin healthy.
You can also invest in a jade roller, refrigerate it overnight, and use it in the morning to massage.
- Eat & Exercise Well
Topical nutrients are very important to your under eye care, but the nutrition that goes into your tummy is also essential. A balanced healthy diet of fruits, veggies, legumes, meats, and seafood makes you not only fit and happy but also contributes to you looking your best. For your under eye area, some good and nourishing foods are:
- Vitamin E rich foods: spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, broccoli
- Green veggies
Regular exercise is also important in keeping the skin glowing. All that sweat detoxifies your face, leaving you with clear and beaming under eyes.
- Gentle Makeup Techniques
Harsh motions, sudden swipes, and sharp tools in the under eye area of your face damages the skin. So don’t use too much pressure.
When Applying your Makeup or Products:
- Use your pinky finger to apply
- Dab, don’t paint or rub
- Circle your under eyes gently, and also cover your upper eyelids
- Try and avoid stiff makeup brushes
When Removing your Makeup:
- Use a soft, small cotton pad
- Try to swipe your makeup remover gently
- Drag it outwards from your nose, not inwards
- Repeat until makeup is fully removed
For your under eye skin care, all you need to do is regularise your sleep patterns, diet and exercise routine, drink enough water and pick under eye products with amazing natural ingredients. Once you have picked the perfect under eye cream for yourself, make sure you stick to it, add it to your skincare routine, and let it work gradually. That’s pretty much it!
If you are looking for a natural under eye cream already, then go no further — because Savarnas Mantra has a great hormone-free, fragrance-free, and cruelty-free cream to treat your under eyes.
Savarnas Mantra® Natural Age Defying Under Eye Cream.
Enriched with Neem and cucumber extracts, our age defying under eye cream is designed to nourish your sensitive under eye area. Its potency is also thanks to Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as strong antioxidants that help you fight signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. The hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane impart much-needed moisture to your under eyes and make your skin firmer, with a youthful glow.
- Depuffs and refreshes the under eye area
- Hydrates and brightens your dark circles
- Works on fine lines and wrinkles
Twice a day — morning and night
Savarnas Mantra® Natural Restorative Under Eye Serum
This is a natural serum from Savarnas Mantra, formulated to help you depuff your under eye area and lighten the dark circles. Our restorative serum is a dynamic dark circle elimination treatment, enriched with yeast peptides, purified soy, and rice. It also stimulates blood circulation and helps you get rid of those panda eyes.