By Malena Ogryzlo-Harbers
As the saying goes, “The eyes are the window to the soul,” which could be the reason why they tend to betray our true age despite our best efforts to reverse the signs of ageing. As stars Sharon Stone and Demi Moore show, it’s possible to keep your eyes youthful after 40, but the process should ideally begin much earlier. “You should start using an eye cream already in your 20s,” says top Toronto dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett. But the biggest factor is to protect the eye area from the sun; therefore, using sunscreen should be your number one concern, along with a vitamin A and vitamin C serum.” What’s more, genetics and medical conditions, such as eczema, are factors that can age the eyes. “Some people also tend to express themselves with their eyes and the more you use the lines around the eyes, the deeper they become.” Here Kellett shares her expertise on how to ensure your eyes shave a few years off your age.
Do eye Creams really work?
“With the exception of vitamins A and C and sunscreen, eye creams work by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, which is different than reducing wrinkles themselves,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett. They act on the superficial layer of skin and temporarily plump it up by increasing the water content and making it appear smoother, instead of working underneath the top most layer of skin on the collagen layer.”
Don’t throw away your eye creams yet, though. They do help moisturize the sensitive skin around the eyes, and you can add fine-line-erasing power if you boost them with a couple of drops of vitamin A and C. Visit your pharmacist for concentrated vitamin drops or look for capsules and serums on beauty shelves and at dermatologists’ offices.
Dr. Kellett’s top tips for ageless eyes:
The biggest tip for the prevention of wrinkles is to wear sunblock. Winter, spring, summer and fall, you should be wearing an SPF of 30 on your eyes. Cleanse first, apply sunblock and then apply makeup. In addition, you should always wear sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection and a hat with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50. For those who want to use sun protection but find it runs into their eyes, try using one of the lip products and ring it around your eye. This will prevent the sunscreen from running into your eyes because the lip products have more of a wax base.
Use an eye cream twice a day, but at the very least use once before you go to bed. Look for an eye cream that is water-based and oil-free. If you use one that is too rich, you can get the formation of milia- tiny white balls around the eyes that resemble whiteheads but don’t come to the surface. They are actually little sacs of oil beneath the skin that form as a result of using products that are too oily. Most important, use a vitamin A serum at night and vitamin C in the morning.
Botox can prevent crow’s feet because it will act on the muscles around the eye to soften them. It decreases the movement of the muscles and can be used at the first sign of crow’s feet.
Nowadays, we can raise the brow using Botox. Depending on where your muscles are, it will lift sagging eyebrows from two to three millimeters and open up the eyes.
Thermage Eyes is a new way to tighten the eyelid skin without surgery. First, the eyeball is frozen with drops and then what looks like a big contact lens is applied underneath the eyelid. The device is then used to treat the eyelid tissue and tighten it. The procedure lasts about half an hour and it is virtually pain free because the drops numb the tissue. The cost is about $2500 for one session (and only one is needed).