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Gals and gents, now that the mercury is starting to dip, your skin is taking a beating. Ice-cold winds, driving snow, blowtorch-level indoor gas heat = dry, parched skin and a recipe for wrinkles, sagging and fine lines. Which, eventually, we will all have to deal with these skincare issues. But let’s not hasten their arrival.
In addition to using a seriously rich and vitamin-packed night cream to replenish what the winter weather takes out of your skin, I’d ask you to pay particular attention to the skin around your eyes. It’s thinner, which means that in the battle of skin vs the elements, your eye skin is like the first infantry – first into battle, first to suffer casualties.
There are three tips I’d like to leave you with to ensure that you get out of this winter with minimal damage to your eye area and the only crepe-like folding your enjoy comes with Nutella at a fancy French restaurant. Let’s discuss:
1) Never, ever be without eye cream – Folks, the best defense is a good offense. Having eye cream on from the minute you finish washing your face in the morning to the second your head hits the pillow at night is the only way to protect that delicate skin. I’d recommend using Simple Skincare Soothing Eye Balm morning, noon and night (as in, apply often.) Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E will help keep the skin nourished and elastic, the Shea Butter will help seal in moisture and protect. If you’re walking into harsh weather, you HAVE to put on a thick face cream and an eye cream to lock moisture in, or the weather will take it right out.
2) Wear oversized sunglasses – Not only do shades help protect your eyes from harmful UVA/UVB rays, but it causes the wind to whip around the lenses. It’s a small effort, but if you pick a particularly oversized pair (as in, they cover your eyebrows) like this MICHAEL Michael Kors “Carolina” pair, you have a pretty good shot at protecting your eyes and the skin around it. Throw on a giant hat and you’re Greta Garbo-esque protected.
3) Tap, don’t pull – This is advice that’s important all year, but particularly when your eyes are under stress and the skin is fragile (like sub-zero-temperatures-to-inferno-like-gas-heat stress.) Use your ring fingers – the weakest of all your fingers – to gently tap eye cream into the eye area. It may take a minute to soak in, but it will do a world of good. Patience, grasshopper…patience.
Stay warm out there and really, truly be kind to your skin this winter. The work you do now means you’ll have less work to do (or be done) later. It’s just that simple.