The eye area is often the first place where signs of aging appear on the face. One of the key ways you can tell the difference between a 30 something and 40 something is the appearance of their eye area. 40-somethings are a lot more likely to have fine lines and bags under the eyes – some will even have the beginnings of crow’s feet. So, if we want to keep your skin looking fresh and ageless, you will need to take special care of your eye area.
First, lets look at how the eye area is different from the rest of your face:
It has virtually no sebacious glands, which makes it highly prone to dryness.
It is much thinner and more sensitive than other facial skin.
It overlies a particularly dense capillary network and has minimal fat padding, which makes the eye area prone to puffiness.
It is stressed by frequent eye movements and squinting.
Because the eye area skin is particularly fragile it requires extra efforts for optimal protection and preservation. Here are some key things to remember when caring for the eye area: Read more ›
Green tea and its skin benefits have been everywhere recently – from Marie Claire to the New York Times to Dr. Oz – and is being touted as the latest and greatest ingredient that can help reduce sun damage and revitalize aging skin. But is this just a passing fad or a serious player in anti-aging skin care?
First, lets look at the claims:
The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea: Provides protection from cancer, heart disease and dementia, increases weight loss, improves physical stamina, lowers blood pressure, enhances protection from sun damage and increases survival rates for ovarian cancer.
The Benefits of Green Tea in Skin Care: Repairs sun damaged skin, neutralizes UV light, prevents skin cancer, rejuvenates skin cells, reduces inflammation, improves psoriasis, soothes acne and lightens pigmentation.
Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, from sunlight accounts for ninety percent of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Ninety percent! Further, exposure to UVAs and UVBs can also lead to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer – rates of which have dramatically increased over the past 30 years. Given this, it is extremely important to protect yourself from the sun; it is the first and most critical step in taking care of your skin as you age.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the look of that perfect sun-kissed glow – but I always put my skin health first. Below is a list of what I call “the Seven Sun Sins,” the most critical sun mistakes and how to avoid them.
Sin #1: Not applying sunscreen on cloudy or cool days. Don’t be fooled! Clouds may block infrared light (i.e. the feeling of heat), but they only block 20% of UVA and UVB light. This means that sun protection is just as critical on cloudy days as it is on sunny days. Make sun protection a part of your daily routine.
Sin #2: Not reapplying sun protection every two hours. Sunscreen only lasts about two hours after application and needs to be reapplied in sufficient quantities throughout the day (about the size of a quarter onto the hand). We recommend using Day 25 Cream or Day Glow first thing in the morning and taking a face powder with SPF to reapply during the day (we like Bare Essentials SPF 30 powder brush).