by Chriss Allen staff
Up to three times more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face, the area around the eyes is less resistant to damage, which makes it highly susceptible to irritation. Since its constitutive tissue is scarcer in elastin and collagen, the skin around the eyes is prone to premature aging.
People blink on average 10.000-15.000 times a day and make a wide array of facial expressions each day, ranging from laughter and smiling to frowning and crying, which takes its toll on the skin over time. Add to that the long hours spent in front of the computer or the TV, smoking, air pollution and the lack of sleep and there’s no wonder that the frail skin around the eyes loses its firmness and elasticity early on. The most common signs of skin damage are wrinkles and dark circles.
In order to prevent the deepening and spreading of early wrinkles and dark spots in this particular area, the eye contour needs a special care routine that accounts for its vulnerability.
The best way to approach these problems is to reach out for natural, vitamin and nutrient-rich skin care products that can successfully replace the chemical-laden products on the market. The needed ingredients are often already close within our reach, readily available in our pantry and fridge, or can be conveniently bought from bio health stores.
Mask recipes using only natural ingredients
- toning/invigorating and exfoliating mask
The most popular mask recipe requires just two healthy ingredients: honey and lemon juice. To close the pores and hydrate the skin properly, we can use whipped egg whites (to which you can also add a teaspoon of honey). Let the mask sit for 15 minutes, then rinse the skin using a cotton pad soaked in flower water (i.e. cornflower or rose water). The procedure should be repeated twice a week.
Another method consists in mixing one teaspoon of algae powder (available in bio stores) with the same quantity of aloe vera gel and honey to obtain a paste.
- soothing mask
Mix one tablespoon of cucumber (blended), one tablespoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of honey. Dark spots can be addressed using a combination of yogurt and green tea.
It’s important to note that every type of facial mask is single-use, masks can’t be preserved and stored. Any leftovers of the mixture should be used on the lip contour or on the entire face.
For hydrating and soothing the dry skin around the eyes you can make a cream out of olive oil and melted cocoa butter. Gently massage the eye contour until the product is completely absorbed in the folds of the skin.
Natural products for daily use
If masks should be used twice a week, there are certain products that we can use daily: organic extra-virgin olive oil, vitamin and antioxidant-rich red fruits for keeping the skin young, tea bags for morning applications and so on.
Practicing self-massage (there are plenty of techniques available on the internet) for a few minutes in the evening before going to bed smoothens the skin and restores its firmness.
Ladies, I wish you to be beautiful, radiant and wrinkle-free every day of the week!
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