“We have all heard the saying ‘eyes are the windows to our soul’ which I believe wholeheartedly,” says Shannon Liberty, skincare expert and owner of Shannon’s Serendipity Skincare. “But what if our eyes don’t reflect the way we feel inside? No one wants to hear ‘you look tired’ when we aren’t! Tired eyes makes us look older, no doubt about it.”
The skin around the eyes is very delicate, thin, and it contains little subcutaneous fat tissue which makes it vulnerable to fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Aging isn’t the only culprit; there are many factors that contribute to our peepers not looking their best. Lack of sleep and stress are the biggest influences, especially around the holidays.
Liberty offers some easy tips for keeping your skin and eyes looking as bright as the lights on your holiday tree. She recommends trying this:
- Get a minimum of six hours of restful sleep per night, and try to sleep on your back. Sleeping on your back allows the water that has accumulated throughout the day to disperse evenly throughout the body; thus, alleviating “pooling” around the eyes, which causes eye bags and puffiness. Doing this gives you the necessary time you need for your skin and underlining tissues to tighten up as well as rejuvenate.
- Keep stress to a minimum. Stress decreases the skin’s ability to repair and protect itself. Prolonged periods of stress will leave the skin susceptible to collagen breakdown leaving the skin around the eyes very thin and translucent. Capillaries will be more noticeable resulting in the dreaded dark circle! Inhibited collagen production keeps the skin supple, youthful, and more resilient.
- Take a deep breath. Lack of oxygen relates to bad circulation (the face is no exception!), which results in dark circles and fluid build-up. Practicing deep breathing will ensure the body has proper levels of oxygen, leaving you with a calmer state of mind and overall well-being.
- Avoid salty foods and be aware of your sugar consumption. Inflammation in the skin occurs when blood sugar levels spike. Sugar can attach itself to protein and lipid molecules resulting in a tangled mess of tough, inflexible skin. When the skin becomes stiff, it will be prone to deep wrinkles.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and use a good eye cream. There are products that will brighten as well as hydrate the whole area. Liberty performs facials using the YONKA product line (a line she uses on herself). For eye care, she recommends using the alpha contour in the morning. It is a renewing gel infused with fruit acids to smooth fine lines around the eyes. This product will brighten and hydrate. For nighttime, she opts for the phyto contour. This product has extracts of rosemary, which naturally oxygenates the under eye area that will visibly reduce puffiness and dark circles. You will awake in the morning feeling refreshed with firmer contours.
Visit Shannon’s Serendipity Skincare in Las Vegas at 9975 S. Eastern Ave., Suite #130. Book an appointment by emailing Liberty directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.