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26 Sep 2018 | CAPS Clinic

Look after the skin around your eyes

The eye area is so delicate and fragile that you must look after the area from a young age. The eye area is such an important part of our face and appearance. They are also one of the most delicate parts of the face to treat as the skin is finer, creases more easily and has less ‘bulk’ and dermal tissue so at times there isn’t a lot to work with.

Hooded eyes or sagging upper lids

The upper lids are such a common concern for many of our My Genesis clients. Lack of sleep, environmental factors and lifestyle can certainly play a role with this area, but genetics seem to play an even larger role. Intrinsic ageing, i.e. how we are genetically programmed to age is usually responsible for what we see happening around the eyes. So, have a look at your parents, or grandparents, to see what may be in store for you!

To help reduce those saggy eyelids

  • Titan Laser is a non-invasive skin firming treatment for minor skin laxity or sagging. The treatment works to tighten collagen bundles – which tend to loosen as we age. This infra-red laser heats water in the dermis to bring about change within the skin. 3 to 5 treatments, 4 weeks apart are required and there is no downtime.
  • Eyelid corrector strips, Lids by Design, are essentially eyelid stickers! A dermatologically tested, medical grade, latex free sticky strip that creates a more defined fold in your upper lid which results in a more open eye. These can be used daily or saved for special occasions.
  • Injectable muscle relaxants can be used to give a subtle elevation to the brow, for a more rejuvenated eye area.

Surgical options may be required for hooded skin that may be part of ageing, or impairing vision. If this sounds like your situation, book a consultation with our Plastic Surgeon, Dr Taylor. In some cases, he will remove a small amount of skin under local anaesthetic from the upper lid, called blepharoplasty. In other cases, he may suggest a brow lift as this lifts the brow height and addresses upper facial laxity.

Dark circles and puffiness under eyes

Dark circles are a tricky one to combat. Reasons for dark circles can again be genetic, caused by lack of sleep, or liver and kidney function has also been linked to dark circles. To reduce dark circles and bags under your eyes, consider

  • Sleep – this is the gold standard of eye rejuvenation! And for some of us it seems we never get enough of the growth hormone releasing stuff. For best repair you must get a chunk of sleep in before midnight.
  • Alkalizing greens help your body to eliminate toxins more effectively. Also eating a diet rich in fresh vegetable, good protein sources, healthy fats and some fruit will help your body to function at its best! I recommend Miss Vitality Elevate as nutritional support.
  • Drink water – It seems to be the ‘answer’ for everything. Upping your water intake helps to flush out toxins and keeps your body functioning at its most effective.
  • Eye creams and skin care – These types of products are great for hydration and health of the skin around the eye. There may be some immediate firming effect from certain ingredients but ideally you want to preserve your laxity by using a gentle combination of anti-inflammatories, niacinamide, vitamin A and peptides. An eye product with reflective properties can help to diffuse the appearance of dark circles too. Refresh from Osmosis MD can help address dark circles or the Osmosis MD Illuminate Eye and Lip Treatment can restore a healthy barrier and a subtle luminosity to the delicate skin around the eyes.
  • Concealer and Make up – The right products can be used to cover up dark circles. Talk to our Dermal Clinicians about the Osmosis cosmetic range that we stock at My Genesis Clinic in Canberra.

Fines lines

Appearing as early as our teenage years, fine lines may seem inevitable but reducing them is possible. Prevent fine lines from becoming deep canyons by

  • Active skincare – firstly, wear a sunscreen daily. UV breaks down collagen so if you care about ageing you must protect your skin against it. Then invest in a hydrating eye product that works to bring nutrients to the eye area, such as Osmosis MD Illuminate. It’s a concentrated serum for instantly-visible hydration and anti-ageing benefits.
  • Laser and Light therapy – Laser Genesis is a gentle treatment that heats the skin to encourage collagen production. Regeneration of collagen and stimulation of blood supply help with fine lines, hydration and can also firm the skin.
  • Injectables – muscle relaxants will generally stop any lines that are there with expression or movement. These ‘dynamic’ lines can eventually become static, by stopping the dynamic lines we are slowing down the ageing process around the eyes.
  • Sleep, hydration and nutrition are essentials in building a good foundation and resilience for your skin, keeping the skin around your eyes plump and firm, so don’t forget to incorporate those into your daily regime.

Your delicate eye area needs extra attention, which is well worth the investment so that your eyes can light up your appearance whatever your age.

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