By Denice Schwind, PA-C, CMLSO
Many say that the eyes are windows to the soul. Eyes also reveal our age more than any other facial feature. Why shouldn’t a youthful soul, have youthful eyes to gaze out of? Fortunately, there are many remedies for aging, tired eyes, from simple at-home tricks, to dermatology solutions offering long term results.
Concern: Puffy, tired eyes Solution: Staying properly hydrated and getting an adequate amount of sleep helps combat puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. However, sometimes staying hydrated and well rested doesn’t do the trick. WedMD tells us that puffy eyes can be a result of fluid collecting around the eyes as we lay flat, sleeping. To battle this; it is recommended to sleep with your head slightly propped up with two pillows and place a cold washcloth over your eyes for a few minutes in the morning.
Concern: Crow’s Feet Solution: A daily, topical treatment can help soften the appearance of crow’s feet. When choosing an eye cream to add into your skincare regimen, look for the following ingredients:
Hyaluronic Acid is a substance created naturally in the body, used in a topical product it acts as a powerful hydrator.
Copper Peptides promote collagen production by acting as antioxidants and help to repair damaged collagen by encouraging collagen regeneration.
Growth Factors help to stimulate collagen production & smooth wrinkles over time.
Concern: Aging eyelids Solution: There are various non-invasive, Cosmetic Dermatology treatments to treat aging eyelids.
To target fine lines and crepey skin around the eyes,fractionated laser treatment of the eyelids is a great treatment option. This treatment helps to resurface the skin and stimulate collagen production, smoothing lines and wrinkles.
If you are experiencing droopy eyelids or hooding, Thermage Skin Tightening will yield the best results. This treatment uses radiofrequency to gently heat the skin, which tightens existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen. The result is immediate collagen contraction, followed by continued skin tightening over the next several months.
Concern: Short, thin or light colored lashes Solution: Long, healthy lashes help the eyes to appear more open, portraying a youthful look. Using a lash growth product daily can help to extend your lash growth cycle. Latisse is the only FDA approved, prescription product on the market to help lashes grow longer, fuller and darker. There are over the counter products available as well, however the results from these products vary.
By combining healthy skincare and lifestyle habits, with recommendations from you Cosmetic Dermatology Specialist, you can achieve youthful results that will help you look confidently into the future.