By Sandy Caetano, Special to QMI Agency
They say the eyes are the gateway to our soul and are very important when making first impressions.
For women, we tend to forget how sensitive and vulnerable the eye area can be, and how many factors play a part in esthetically aging us before our time. Therefore it’s vital that we take preventative measures to protect our eyes.
Dr. John Arlette, a Calgary-based dermatologist and trained dermatological surgeon at the Total Skin Care Centre, says it’s about looking at how we can maintain this important facial feature, who’s skin tends to age faster than any other body part.
“First of all, the skin is very thin, so any change that happens, happens there more quickly. Also, there’s not just the dynamics of outside exposure, which is all the oxidant exposure we get from pollution and from weathering — wind, heat, cold and sun,” says Arlette.
“It’s also an area that we are constantly moving, whether we’re squinting because we’re concentrating or looking at our computer screen or because it’s bright and sunny outside,” he continues. “We have to look at the physical barriers and protection, like wearing sunglasses.”
Examining what we do on a daily basis and incorporating a few simple practises into our daily regimen will make all the difference when it comes to ensuring our eyes look more youthful.
Applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 in those sensitive areas will help. Seeking shade for your eyes by wearing hats and overly large sunglasses with a UV coating is another way to protect yourself.
“In women you’ll start to see a lot of that change speed up as they become a bit more mature. Hormonal changes will also allow for a bit of sagging,” says Arlette.
Starting early prevention from a young age by moisturizing the skin and using antioxidant products will improve the surface of the skin. Dr. Lisa Kellett says this will also increase collagen formation, which protects and supports the underlying components of the skin.
“The most important thing I tell (my patients) is that there’s no use in treating them with anything if they’re not going to protect it,” says Kellett, a dermatologist at DLK on Avenue in Toronto. “Sleep is important, and having a good diet is also important because your skin is the largest, and as dermatologists, we think the most important organ of the body, and whatever you take in, in terms of your nutrition, will be reflected in your skin.”
Kellett recommends using products that contain at least 1% retinol, an ingredient that has been shown to promote collagen regeneration. A good eye cream that’s not too rich will also act as a barrier to the skin.
“You have to remember that when you’re conversing with someone, people look to your eyes as a sign of sincerity and trustworthiness,” she says. “When you talk to someone, a lot of it is not only in what they’re saying but the cues they are giving off. Looking someone in the eye is so important because it tells us if we can trust someone or not — (the eyes) are huge in making first impressions.”