PS from the Esthetician – July 2024

Hamilton DermatologyNews

While Madison is spending some quality time with her new daughter, Allene will be taking over the newsletter. Today’s topic is all about the eyes.

The skin around our eyes is thinner and more fragile than the rest of the face, making it prone to damage and premature aging. Factors such as sun exposure, lack of sleep, stress, and genetics can all contribute to the development of common eye area concerns like dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles. Therefore, incorporating a targeted skincare routine for the eye area is essential for maintaining its health and vitality.

Look for Products With These Essential Ingredients:

  1. Hyaluronic Acid: Known for its hydrating properties, hyaluronic acid helps to plump and moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps to brighten the under-eye area and protect against free radical damage caused by UV exposure and environmental pollutants.
  3. Retinol: A derivative of vitamin A, retinol stimulates collagen production and accelerates cell turnover, making it effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin texture.
  4. Peptides: Peptides are amino acids that help to support collagen production, resulting in firmer, more youthful-looking skin around the eyes.
  5. Caffeine: This ingredient helps to constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness and inflammation, making it ideal for addressing under-eye bags and dark circles.
  6. Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide helps to strengthen the skin barrier, reduce inflammation, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  7. Antioxidants: Ingredients like green tea extract, grapeseed extract, and coenzyme Q10 help to neutralize free radicals and protect the skin from oxidative stress, preventing premature aging.

Hamilton Dermatology offers 2 eye creams – Triple Action Eye cream which helps to treat aging with vit C, retinol, peptides and hydration. We also have Hyaluronic Eye Gel for those that want a more gentle option for hydration. I love to put this in the refrigerator and use it in the morning for instant plumping!  Both of these products will be on special in the month of July.

Expert Tips For Eye Health:

  1. Be Gentle: When applying skincare products around the eyes, use gentle patting motions with your ring finger, as it exerts the least amount of pressure on the delicate skin.
  2. Use Sun Protection: The skin around the eyes is particularly susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can exacerbate under-eye puffiness and dark circles, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from within.
  4. Get Enough Sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to allow your skin to repair and regenerate, reducing the appearance of tired-looking eyes.
  5. Manage Stress: Chronic stress can manifest in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles around the eyes, so practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.
  6. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine: Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate the skin and exacerbate under-eye puffiness, so consume them in moderation.

In Office Treatments:

  1. IPL laser: Target blue/red blood vessels under the eyes.
  2. ResurFX™:  Resurfacing laser that targets fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Derma PRP Filler Treatments: Regenerate tissues and rejuvenate skin.
  4. Tixel: Heat based treatment that targets aging with thermal energy.

In conclusion, a targeted skincare routine for the eye area is essential for maintaining its health and vitality. By incorporating key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, retinol, and peptides, along with adopting healthy lifestyle habits, you can achieve radiant and youthful-looking eyes that reflect your inner beauty. Remember, consistency is key, so make eye area skincare a priority in your daily regimen for long-lasting results. Always wear sunscreen and sunglasses to help with exposure!

Allene Bagwell, Licensed Esthetician

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