Tips for caring for the skin around your eyes, according to dermatologists

Our eyes are windows: They can reveal when we're sleep-deprived, whether we drank too much the night before, or how many times we've laughed in our lives.


This is because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the face, making it more susceptible to irritation, dryness and environmental damage that can lead to signs of aging.


According to a 2015 study published in Advanced, this is because the skin around the eyes does not have as many oil glands and collagen as the rest of the face and body, making it more prone to dryness, sagging, and fine lines. lines and wrinkles. Biomedical research.




To prevent these common eye problems, dermatologists emphasize the use of specialized eye care products because they are designed for the delicate eye area.



“When treating skin problems around the eyes, it’s important to first correctly diagnose the problem in order to get the best treatment and results,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. New York City.




Luckily, there are a variety of products available for eye skin care, including serums, creams, oils, and tools. So don't worry if you haven't used eye care products before - it's never too late to start, and these pro tips will guide you to the best solution for your needs.



From fading dark circles to reducing puffiness, here are expert-approved tips and product recommendations for treating common eye skin concerns.




Reduce fine lines and crow’s feet. Crow's feet are a sign of a happy life. These horizontal wrinkles that form at the outer corners of the eyes are largely the result of muscle movement during smiling and laughing. If you want to reduce these symptoms, "retinoid products can be very helpful," says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



Retinoids can stimulate the production of collagen in the skin and help smooth some wrinkles. Prescription retinoids like 0.025% tretinoin cream can be very effective, Dr. Hirsch recommends, however, limiting yourself to areas outside the eye sockets (where you can feel the surrounding orbital bones).




To treat fine lines under your eyes, you can try an over-the-counter eye cream containing retinol, a less potent retinoid. Whether you use a prescription retinoid or an over-the-counter one, start by tapping a small spot one night a week and gradually use it over several nights to limit dryness and irritation.



If you are intolerant to retinoids, consider using a peptide eye cream, which may also stimulate collagen production. Don’t forget to protect your skin with a product with a broad-spectrum SPF of 50 or higher. (To avoid burning your eyes, Dr. Hirsch recommends using a sunscreen stick that won't get into your eyes.)

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