With the world’s faces being shrouded behind a mask, eyes have become the new focal point on every face. While this provides us with an opportunity to flaunt another feature on our faces, the pandemic has also taken its toll on our eyes. Prolonged hours spent on our screens thanks to lockdowns and work from home arrangements have left our eyes surrounded by dark rings, fine lines and puffiness. Want to free your eyes of their grasp? Keep reading on as we uncover the causes behind common eye issues and how to tackle them from the root!
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Common Eye Issues:
Long before everyone was stuck home, we each experienced our fair share of dark under eyes, fine lines and puffiness – especially if we spent nights burning the midnight oil. But what exactly causes these issues?
Dark Eye Circles:
Though dark eye circles look adorable on pandas, they certainly are not doing us any favours. Apart from genetics, dark eye circles are a result of a combination of bad habits – sleep deprivation, eye strain and sun overexposure.
Sleep deprivation causes the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eye to dilate, creating a dark appearance. Additionally, sleep deprivation can also cause fluids to build up underneath the eyes, making them appear puffy and casting a shadow on your under eyes.
Though spending long hours staring at a screen is inevitable given current circumstances, the long hours cause us to strain our eyes. This strain causes the blood vessels around our eyes to dilate, leaving behind a dark appearance.
While the feeling of the sun’s warm touch on the skin is great, too much can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin (aka pigmentation) which can cause the skin to darken and darken the under-eye area.
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No one wants to wake up to puffy eyes. Like dark under-eye circles, puffy eyes are largely caused by fluid retention. Fluid retention can be a result of multiple factors: Sleep deprivation, poor lymphatic drainage system, high salt diets and alcohol.
As mentioned, a lack of sleep causes a buildup of fluids under the eyes, making them appear puffy.
Poor Lymphatic Drainage System:
Your lymphatic system is responsible for draining fluids that carry toxins, immune cells and waste products. When working poorly, it causes our tissues to be swollen with fluid. This fluid retention causes the puffiness often seen in your arms, legs and face just as you awaken.
High Salt Diets & Alcohol:
While salty foods can soothe your cravings, it often results in your body retaining more fluids than necessary. Likewise, alcohol causes your body to become dehydrated, causing the body to retain more fluids and sodium which leads to puffiness overall.
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Fine Lines & Wrinkles Around Eyes:
Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are inescapable as we age – our skin loses its elasticity, and our facial muscles weaken. However, there are certain habits we have that we unknowingly do that make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent.
The sun is back to contribute to our endless list of skincare woes. UV rays cause the skin to experience photoaging – a process that damages collagen and results in wrinkle formation.
Squinting and Frowning:
While we don’t recommend living your life with minimal facial expressions, the repeated motion of frowning or squinting (especially at your screens) causes the muscles in those areas to contract. The repeated contraction causes the skin to wrinkle. As the muscle strengthens due to repeated movements, the wrinkles would also become deeper.
Rubbing Your Eyes:
Rubbing the sleep from your eyes can be the best feeling in the world, but the rubbing action stretches the thin skin of your eye area. Over time, it can stretch the skin and breakdown the collagen and elastin in the area. The same concept applies when applying or removing makeup from the eyes. Rubbing the delicate area is a no-go.
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Tackling Your Eye Issues:
It is highly likely that you experience several of these issues simultaneously and it can get tedious to incorporate various tips to tackle them. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed them down to three essential tips to help combat your eye issues at the root.
#1: Sleep is Precious
The world never sleeps, but this doesn’t mean you should burn yourself out to keep up with it. Catching sufficient quality sleep can do wonders for your productivity, health and skin. An adult should get an average of 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Some quick tips to help you get the sleep you need are:
– Set a sleep schedule – falling asleep and waking up at the same time daily can help set a loop on your natural body clock (aka your circadian rhythm) and allow you to catch quality sleep.
– Reduce blue light exposure – blue light is light often emitted by electronic devices. It affects your circadian rhythm by tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime, making it harder to fall asleep. Setting your computers and phones to restrict blue light along with minimising your use of devices 1-2 hours before bed can make a huge difference.
#2: SPF is your BFF
We love our SPF. Our day cannot start if our faces aren’t protected from the sun. Even at home, your skin is not protected from UV Rays. Thus, protecting your skin with a simple SPF every morning can do wonders for your skin. It drastically slows the photoaging process, protects the skin from developing pigmentation and reduces the risk of developing skin cancers. Give our Flawless- Skin Perfecting Moisturiser a try – crafted with skin-loving ingredients that would nourish and protect your skin simultaneously.
#3: Invest in the Right Skincare
Many get the impression that eye-care products are an unnecessary luxury – thanks to their typically small packaging and higher prices. However, investing in a good eye care product can significantly revitalise your eyes and restore youth to them.
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