Why do you need to take extra care of your eye area?
Our eyes are one of the first things people see when they look at us and since face masks are now mandatory, they’re pretty much all that people see. In addition to this, our jobs are taking a digital move; we’re seeing an influx of video calls resulting in us spending a lot more time focusing on our facial features than at any other time previously.
Firstly, the skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on other parts of your body, and because your eyes work a lot throughout the day, from blinking to expressing your emotions, this alone can cause premature ageing.
This strain can manifest itself in a number of ways, including, dark circles, crow’s feet, bags or swelling under / around the eyes. These can make you look tired and drawn, not to mention older than you really are.
In the past, surgical procedures were the only solutions available for certain eye concerns. They’re still an option today, however understandably, many people want to avoid going under the knife, especially when there are alternatives.
At The Norup Clinic we offer a number of non-surgical procedures to rejuvenate the delicate eye area and tackle concerns such as the below.
- Hollow eyes (tear trough) creating a shadow /darl circles
- Lazy eye (scleral show / low lateral acanthus (corner of eye)) where the eye shows only part of the iris
- Haemoglobin retention (usually caused by lack of sleep and illness / water /)
- Bags – Herniation / laxity / fat pads
- Wrinkles and crepey skin, thin skin
- Ocular Rosacea
- Puffy eyes -Swelling (oedema) / poor lymphatic drainage
So what are the best solutions?
The first step in looking after your eye area is making sure your skincare is optimal. The most commonly asked question about this part of your face is whether you can use your face products for the skin around your eyes. The answer in general is yes, as long as it doesn’t irritate your eyes.
Keep in mind, however, that since the skin is thin around your eyes, it can be sensitive to some ingredients you put on the rest of your face such as Retinol. If you feel a stinging sensation or your eyes turn watery or red then this is a sign that your area can not handle it.
One of the common complaints we see at The Norup Clinic is dark circles or pigmentation. Pigmentation is partly genetic and more common in certain skin types. However, any residual sebum will trigger further pigmentation. So making sure to gently tone the eye area helps as well as using skin products that contain ingredients that prevent further pigmentation, for example, Kojic Acid, Vitamin C, which also stimulates collagen, and Retinol. Retinol regulates the pigmentation creating an even tone and increases cell turnover. Gentle exfoliation is also important as it enhances cell turnover and skin thickness.
Eye creams are often formulated with ingredients less likely to have an adverse effect on your eyes but contain enough active ingredients that may help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Below are a couple of the products Dr Norup prescribes at her clinic..
- ZO Skin Health Eye Brightening Cream
- ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum
- Alumier Retinol Eye Gel
- AluminEye Brightening Eye Cream
In-clinic Eye Treatments
Quite often we find ourselves in need of a little more help alongside our skincare. Below are some of the treatments we offer at The Norup Clinic to help support your skincare in rejuvenating your eye area.
This is an injectable gas that mops up the pigmentation, reduces fat, tightens and stimulates collagen. It helps reduce redness / haemoglobin residual. It also reduces crepey thin skin with fine lines. This treatment also helps Ocular Rosacea.
Peels come in many variations but are usually not applied to the eyelid area. However, the new PRX T-33, a TCA peel which is also a biorevitaliser, can be applied to this area and helps pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
Plasma Facial and Mesotherapy
The plasma absorbs the pigmentation and allows for a meso-serum specific for the prevention/treatment of pigmentation and stimulation of collagen to penetrate without injection. This is a highly effective but non-painful treatment that lifts and prevents laxity. It also helps crepey thin skin.
Laser treatments are tricky around the eye area as most lasers require protection of the eyeball, and the treatment can be quite an unpleasant experience. ER:YAG ablative laser resurfacing can however go quite close and treats textural problems such as crepey skin and fine lines.
Felc Nano Plasma
This is a focused plasma; a variation of the Plasma Shower. This requires downtime of around seven days and avoidance of sun exposure. It tightens and lifts the eye lid skin. It can treat wrinkles, scars, moles, xantelasma (yellow pockets) and pigmentation. Protection of the eye ball is not required.
Biorevitaliser / Hydra-Boosters
Injectable biorevitalisers such as Profhilo, Rederm, Sunekos or Viscoderm Hydrabooster all add HA to the dermis, stimulate collagen and elastin and creates hydration and stretching of the skin for a variable time.
Dermal fillers are injectables that help under eye hollows or tear troughs as they are also called, Dr Norup will analyse the whole area around the eye and determine which areas should be injected to support the eye hollow/lid area. This in turn will lift the eyebrow and tighten the under eye to help eye bags, laxity and sometimes pigmentation. It can help lift the eyelids to show a better shape of the eye opening, ie reduce sclera show. Typically the temple area, cheekbone, mid-cheek fat pad and orbital rim must be treated depending on the severity before the tear trough itself. This can to some extent help herniation / fat pads too. The correction with filler if done correctly should improve the lymphatic drainage.
PRP Injections (Platelet Rich Plasma)
PRP injections mostly help the skin and can indirectly improve an under eye hollow. It is therefore well suited for thin, crepey skin with fine lines. It can also help pigmentation.
Good Daily House Keeping!
- Keep hydrated
- Remove all make-up before bed
- Nourish with skincare
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Do not rub your eyes – this can stretch the skin creating creases and slacken skin elasticity, as well as increase pigmentation.
If you’d like to find out more please book a consultation (01372 465 277) to discuss eye treatments.BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION