De- puff your eyes

The Culture of Total Beauty ~ ANNA’S BEAUTY LETTER – Summer/Fall 2015

Anna is from La Biosthetique and she is a certified skincare therapist and educator from La Biosthetique with in depth knowledge of the skin and scalp to provide recommendations to target concerns or for overall skin health. We are all very excited to have her on site at Zazou to share her knowledge with our team so they can share recommedations to their guests in order to provide a total beauty & style experience.

The skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face. As we age, skin loses its elasticity and becomes even thinner due to a breakdown of collagen.

Due to the lesser amount of oil glands around the eyes, this part of the face is more likely to show premature signs of aging if it is neglected. This can be further aggravated by sun exposure, smoking, and other environmental influences.

The skin of the eye contour is constantly moving, with blinking alone produces 10,000 movements per day!

The eye area can reflect lack of sleep, overindulgence of food and alcohol and just how you may be feeling.

Since the eyes are the focal point of the face, having bags, bulges and wrinkles may not only interfere with vision, but may also give an individual a tired, sad appearance. Other facial movements and expressions such as smiles, squinting, and stress can also
affect the eye area, creating fine lines or crows feet. These lines appear on the outside corner of the eye.

Under-eye puffiness can be exacerbated by salty foods, allergies, congestions, fluid retention and internal dehydration. Rubbing and tugging of the delicate skin under the eye due to allergies, crying, harsh eye make up removal can contribute to sagging of this area. It is importants to remember the skin´s elasticity is similar to a rubber band – constant tugging and pulling eventually causes loss of elasticity.

As the tissue around the eyes has very few oil glands, it lacks the natural moisture present on other parts of the body.

So, why can´t you just use your usual face moisturizer around the eyes?

While most face products won’t actually cause harm to the delicate skin around the eyes, some ingredients may be slightly irritating or ineffective. It is therefore recommemded to always choose products specifically formulated for the eye area; as eye creams contain special ingredients to target specific concerns around the eyes like dark circles and puffiness.

It is recommended to start young with eye care. Eye care will keep your skin around your eyes strong. The stronger the skin is, the more flat the area will remain and less likely you will get puffy and saggy. To minimize the chance of this occuring, I would like to share two eye care products which also happen to be my favourite go-to products!

Douceur ContourA cooling eye care gel and also a beautiful starting product./

  • The natural active ingredient complex of soybean and rice peptides strengthens the connective tissue, improves blood circulation and oxygen supply. The more oyxgen we have in our skin, the less dull and tired it will appear! The gel will also help improve dark circles and freshen skin appearance – like after a long walk.
  • This hydro gel tightens skin under the eye area and reduces bags and puffiness.
  • Furthermore, the gel supplies moisture, preventing skin dehydration.
Application:
  • Simply lightly tap DOUCEUR CONTOUR onto pre-cleansed skin. You can also apply during the day, even on top of make up when your eyes are looking tired, swollen and in need of refreshment. I have it in my pouch with me all the time and especially love using it when I am on the road travelling.

With this product, you will instantly feel “awake!”

When our skin starts to age, it not only decreases the production of collagen and elasticity, the skin´s supporting tissue begins to harden. The sclerotic (hardening) changes in the dermis tissue are caused by surplus deposits of sugar. Although this is a key factor in skin aging complex, the hardening effect may also be triggered by free radicals and oxidative stress. The more sugar build up in skin, the less elasticity there is and the deeper the wrinkles are!

To prevent and slow down glycation, it is important to start mid of twenties to take care of our skin before it slowly diminishes the cell rejuvenation.

Traitement ContourA deep, cell-active intensive care product which tackles the appearance of wrinkles, mimic lines, under eye shadows and water accumulation.

  • Liposomally encapsulated soybean in their purest and most active form, has a repair and strengthening effect on the skin which also increases skin thickness.
  • Phyto-cells extract provides deep, lasting protection. Maintenance of skin cell regeneration, reduces the aging process and combats wrinkle formation.
  • Glyco-cells and brown algae flush out sugar deposits and prevent loss of skin elasticity.
  • Extracts of red sea grass help to combat dark under-eye circles; improving micro-circulation and efficiently flushes out toxins.
  • Extracts of hibiscus flower successfully reduces wrinkle depth, reduction of mimic line depth as well as intensive protection against free radicals.

 

In addition to choosing the proper skin care product, you should consider adopting the following lifestyle principles to maintain healthy skin around the eyes:

  • Drink plenty of water. Water plays a crucial role in maintaining the elasticity of skin.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes. Nicotine constricts blood vessels in the face and under the eyes. Constricted vessels also make it difficult for nutrients to be absorbed, leading to a breakdown of collagen.
  • Stay out of the sun. Over exposure to ultraviolet rays causes pigment-producing cells, melanocytes, to mature abnormally. This results in age spots and uneven pigmentation. UV rays are responsible for up to 90% of aging and can add several years to your appearance.
  • Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting.
  • Get plenty of rest. Fatigue can cause skin to look pale and gaunt.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Excessive drinking can cause dehydration, so limit yourself to a glass or two of wine every week
  • Use cotton pads when removing make up to avoid unnecessary tugging and pulling on delicate skin tissue.

How to apply and massage gently the eye area:

I have provided four essential pictures detailing a massage technique, known as lymph drainage. These four movements, and five minutes of your time, will activate lymph nodes around your eye area and will encourage removal of toxins and reduction of fluid retention.

Say goodbye to the beloved bags under your eyes!

Lymph drainage is highly specialised form of massage, which uses light, precise rhythmical finger movements, pressures and sequences. A lymph node is an oval-shaped organ of the immune system, which is distributed widely throughout the body and linked by lymphatic vessels. They can be found singularly or in groups. A group of lymph nodes may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as an olive. Groups of lymph nodes are commonly felt in the neck, groin, and underarms region. In saying this, most lymph nodes in the body can´t be felt and are generally not painful or tender.

They pay a very important part of the lymphatic system, which carries fluid (lymph fluid), nutrients, and waste material between the body tissues and the bloodstream. Lymph nodes filter fluid, trapping germs like bacteria, viruses and toxins; ensuring removal from the body. This lymph filtering system is nicely portrayed as the garbage disposal of our body!

 

Stroking around the eye

Apply a small amount of your desired eye product to the highlighted eye area and use your ring finger or with the Cooling Eye Applicator. On both sides, stroke around the eyes starting directly beneath the eyebrows (near nose), running towards the outer corners. Circle back under the eye to the starting point. 

Repeat each of the four movements 3x

Double spirals

Place the ring fingers of both hands on the inside corner of one eye (near nose). Perform counter-spirals towards the outer corner of the eye. The outer ring finger then holds the eyebrow steady, while the inner ring finger strokes along the bottom edge of the lid up to the inside corner of the eye.

Single spirals

On both sides, start beneath the eyebrow (near nose) and apply light pressure. Make small inside circles with the ring fingers upwards, towards the outer corner of the eye.

Stroke under the eye back towards the inside corner of the eye.

Figure 8

To finish off the eye massage, place the middle and ring fingers on both sides of the outer corner of the eyes.

Draw a figure of eight on the eye.

 

Performing these easy steps every day will not only de-puff your eye area but will also encourage eye relaxation. Furthermore, these steps will loosens the mimic muscles, restore skin elasticity, stimulates collagen, strengthen the connective tissue, prevent aging and increase blood flow within vessels, which overall improves oxygen supply.

“The eyes are the mirror of the soul”
Said once Willy Meurer, a german-canadien publicist.

It is therefore necessary to pay special attention to the eye area. Always treat your eyes respectfully and diligently.

Until next time,

 

Anna