Eyes Wide Open

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Published March 2016

by Katrina Rubin:

The area around the eyes is very fragile, as it lacks resistance from external attacks such as pollution, gravity and the sun’s rays, making it particularly sensitive to the effects of aging. And because eye contact and communication go hand in hand, it’s a shame that this attention-getting area of the face shows the aging process earlier on, most commonly in the form of wrinkles.

The skin around the eyes is three to five times thinner than the rest of the facial skin and, therefore, our most fragile and vulnerable area. As the elastin and collagen fibers of the lower eyelid deteriorate over time, it can result in sagging. Early signs of fine lines start to appear around the sensitive area of the eyes, and the first expression lines take shape at the outer corners, forming what are commonly known as “crow’s feet.”

Our eyes cannot catch a break. The skin around the eye is constantly under pressure due to eyestrain and the fact that we blink more than 10,000 times a day. This occurs by way of 14 muscles that are activated every 10 seconds to ensure that the cornea is permanently hydrated.

So, surprise, surprise… it is important to take very good care of the skin around your eyes and be very gentle while cleansing, removing eye makeup and applying eye serums, creams and makeup.

Ideally, you want to apply a small amount of eye cream (using your ring finger, which has the least movement) right under the eyebrow and right on the top of the cheekbone. Your body heat is a dependable catalyst, which permits the cream to travel and be absorbed quite readily. Always be very careful when applying cream to areas surrounding your eye, or you could end up with a couple of cream balls (sounds like a special at Dunkin’ Donuts, right?). These can be really uncomfortable to contend with since they can cause blurry vision, irritation and puffiness.

Here is an added suggestion for another key area of your face: After your eye cream application, you may use what’s left on your finger on and around your lips, as that area is also very fragile. The mouth is constantly moving when we eat, speak and kiss (please do not stop any of this!), and over time, these repeated contractions are responsible for the appearance of expression lines around the mouth. Keep your lips well-hydrated and protect them by carefully checking the ingredients found in your glosses and lipsticks.

So when you are thinking of your eyes, think lips, too, and do not forget my passionate reminder to please avoid chemicals in your skin care and cosmetics at all costs!

Beauty Picks of the Month:

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Crème Contour Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine is ideal for the fragile skin of the eyes and lip contours to smooth and lift the skin and fill the wrinkles. It tones and firms the skin really well. It also restores the hydration and reinforces the dehydration barrier function.

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Shield your lips with the natural shimmer of Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35. The dye-free formula provides instant UVA and UVB protection, which is essential for girls in the Sunshine State! Remember that lip glosses without SPF are very dangerous, as they attract the sun even more, resulting in – you guessed it – more damage! $29; katrinatique.com

Estonian-born, Katrina Rubin was a much sought-after image consultant and makeup artist in her hometown. Upon moving to the U.S. in 1991, she furthered her studies by becoming an esthetician. Her reputation for quality treatments, products and results is paramount and the cornerstone for her success. katrinatique.com