One thing I am learning as I get older is that all my ‘younger Vanessa’ skincare habits are really starting to creep up on me, and I don’t like it one bit. *shakes fist at younger Vanessa*
From my reckless and sunscreen-less days of my young 20s to my former poor eating habits, rubbing my eyes all summer thanks to allergies to my night-owl ways, my skin has decided it has had enough and I am now noticing a few wrinkles creeping up. Especially around my eye area.
So what is a girl to do when she wants to hold onto her youthful look and get younger looking eyes?
Stop. Touching. Your. Face.
Well, that, a proper diet, and a good night’s sleep.
The skin around your eye area is one of the most delicate areas of skin on your whole body, and since it has the thinnest skin of any area on your face it is also the first area to show any early signs of aging.
That means when you rub your eyes, tug at the sides of them, itch them, put your contacts in, apply eyeliner, or just generally touch them you are causing some serious wear and tear on the collagen and elastin fibers within your skin.
And if you keep depleting those, your eyes will show lines and wrinkles earlier, the skin around your eyes may start to droop, and you may notice an overall aged look.
So how does one reverse these effects and get younger looking eyes? Well, stop touching your face.
Try to notice each and every time you rub your eyes. itch them, or tug at them and try to consciously stop before touching them.
If you can break this habit you should notice your eyes stay looking more youthful for longer.
Pair your new habit (of NOT touching your face) with a damn good eye cream and you will knock a few years of that face of yours in no time!
Catch Those Z’s
A good night’s sleep is essential to your skin looking as beautiful and young as possible. In fact, our bodies restore themselves as we sleep, helping to replenish our dead skin cells and keep our skin looking well rested and our eyes from looking tired and puffy.
And while ‘tired skin’ isn’t scientifically proven, when you have a bad night’s sleep the skin around your eyes tends to sink or sag, causing potential damage to your skin tissues and making you look older.
Moral of the story – sleep more and get younger looking eyes almost automatically!
I say it in just about every post I write on anti-aging, but I’ll say it again, your diet truly is a factor in looking, and feeling, younger.
And if you maintain a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins, healthy fats, and proteins you will notice you don’t even need any creams, lotions, or potions to look younger, you just simply will.
You see, Mother Nature, that sassy minx, has blessed us with all the anti-aging goodness we could ever possibly need….we just need to eat it.
So what foods should you be focusing on?
Try adding some passion fruit, guava, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, cantaloupes, peaches, apricots, pineapples, bananas, grapes mangoes, kale, spinach, peppers, carrots, and other dark leafy green vegetables into your daily diet to help hydrate your skin, fight off free-radicals, encourage collagen production, and nourish your skin cells.
To help protect your skin cells, keep your cell membranes healthy, regulate your skin’s oil production, ensure your outer layer of skin is strong, keep the pollutants away, and keep your skin moisturized and guarded against wrinkle-prone dry skin make sure you incorporate salmon, sardines, mackerel, flax, walnuts, eggs, and avocados into your regular diet.
To boost up your collagen production, fortify your skin, and improve its resilience you have to make sure you eat enough protein. Every day try eating something such as boneless, skinless chicken or turkey, flank steak, lean pork, eggs, fish, lentils, beans, peas, nuts, cheese, and whole wheat cereal to ensure your skin wards off any early signs of aging.
If you can maintain a diet rich in these elements and ingredients, you will start to notice your skin looking younger and feeling stronger, especially around your delicate eye area where strong skin is oh-so-essential.
Of course, there are additional things you can do to keep your eye area, and skin in general, looking younger and feeling firmer but that’s for next week. Ohhhhhhh! See what I did there? Now you have to come back next week! *wink*
Now it’s time for me to shut up, and time for you to pipe up. Get to typing and let me know what you do to keep your skin looking as young as possible. Or if you are one of the millions of women who would like fast-track their way to younger looking skin, check out our list of the best eye creams on the market or our list of the most powerful anti-aging creams around.
Younger looking skin is within your reach, you just have to make the first move.