How do we avoid puffy eyes while self isolating?
Caught in isolation, many took a break from the daily beauty rituals, and only the standard ones were left: cleansing and moisturizing. However, dermatologists advise not to relax.
A shortage of sunlight, a minimum of physical exertion, stagnation of blood and lymph, definitely won’t benefit our skin. And especially the area around the eyes can be affected.
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According to Victoria Chambere, cosmetologist-aesthetist “The skin in the eye area requires special attention and an approach to the selection of daily care products and procedures. It is around the eyes that the first wrinkles appear, which is directly related to the structural features of the epidermis in this zone. Now it is especially important to pay due attention to the quality of cosmetics and skincare aimed at maintaining the normal functioning of the skin.
In conditions of self-isolation, we are forced to sit at home, the skin suffers from exposure to dry air due to heating, the attack of free radicals formed due to nervous tension, stress. A metabolic disorder that can occur due to a lack of physical activity also adversely affects the condition of the skin. Working “at a distance” at the computer loads the eye muscles, including the circular muscle. As a result, hypertonicity appears, the familiar “crow’s feet” are formed.”
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For prevention, it is worth following some recommendations:
- Daily, morning and evening, cleanse the skin around the eyes. Dab after with an eye cream or oil.
- Twice a day, with light massaging movements from the inner to the outer corners of the eyes, apply the light care cream.. It is better to choose products (creams, gels, etc.) that contain plant antioxidants (green tea extract, for example), vitamins B, and E carotenoids (B-carotene, lycopene), coenzyme Q10, allantoin.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Get out for a brisk walk in fresh air once a day.
- Humidify if your air is too dry.
- Change your sleep habits. Get at least 7 hours sleep each night and rise and got to bed at the same time daily.
- Avoid looking at screens or eating at least 1 hours before bedtime.
- Eat less than 2,300 mg (0.16 tbsp) of sodium per day. Sodium makes the body retain more fluid, and since fluid around the eyes is what makes them look puffy and swollen.
- Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Both sugar and artificial sweeteners cause inflammation, which can lead to under-eye puffiness.
- Quit smoking. Smoking damages and weakens the already-sensitive skin under your eyes, which makes your eyes more prone to being puffy in the morning.
- Be diligent about taking your contacts out if you wear them. This can dry your eyes out and also cause infections.
In addition, it is worth using ampoule concentrates, serums, emulsions containing hyaluronic acid, and aloe extract. They are best applied under the main cream once a day for 14 days.