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Secrets to healthy under eye skin !

“ The eyes are the window to your soul” – William Shakespeare

 One can gauge both physical & mental/ emotional health, and estimate the age of a person by looking at their eyes.

Health of eyes and skin around the eyes needs special attention in today’s digital age. Almost everyone has one or the other lifestyle linked eye issue like dry eyes, eye strain or watering from eyes. Similarly, skin around the eyes is commonly affected by poor lifestyle and manifests as dullness, dark circles, puffiness, early onset of fine lines or wrinkles.

Lifestyle factors which affect eyes & skin around them:

  1. Environmental factors – dry ambient air ( A.C environments), air pollution, direct sun exposure, dust
  2. Sleep – lack of sleep ( Less than 7 hrs per night), odd sleep hours ( sleeping after 11 pm), excessive sleep ( more than 9 hrs per night), poor sleep quality
  3. Hydration – inadequate water intake – Less than 3-4 litres per day for adults with average physical activity
  4. Diet – inadequate iron, Vitamin B12, folate,  Zinc and Vitamin A intake
  5. Digital exposure – prolonged use of laptops, tablets or phones without breaks can have a negative impact
  6. Physical factors – constant rubbing of eyes or under eyes is not advisable, unprotected sun exposure ( sun glasses are protective ), dryness
  7. Chemical factors – frequent use of medicated eye drops, overuse of cosmetics
  8. Stress – excess physical or mental stress

How to improve under-eye skin ?

Under eye skin is thin and delicate and needs special care. One needs to be aware of healthy practices for eyes and under eyes, and act accordingly. Also, a good routine for gentle care of skin around the eyes helps. A good under eye cream with moisturising and repair factors and mild exercises to reduce eye strain give excellent results when done regularly. Cold gel packs, gentle massage, balanced diet and a healthy sleep cycle are key to healthy looking under eyes. Regular eye checks and wearing proper correction if needed reduces eye strain.

Pharmaceutical creams with retinol, glycolic acid and other depigmenting ingredients are available, but should only be used if prescribed by a dermatologist. For severe cases of pigmentation, puffiness or wrinkles, ultrasonic therapy, lasers and injectable treatments are available but should only be done after consultation with a specialist, and not at salons or spas.

All treatments need to be followed up by healthy lifestyle and healthy daily self care practices. It’s never too late to start caring for yourself!

Keep smiling with your eyes!!


Dr. Pooja

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