Anyone who has slathered on eye cream religiously is probably well aware that as far as the signs of ageing are concerned, itâ€™s not the easiest area to rewind the clock on. In the name of science and beauty EstĂ©e Lauder decided to research how and why the eye area ages faster than the rest of the face. â€śThe eye is surrounded by a round muscle, which helps the eye move. Unique to this area of the face, these muscles are closely bound to the skin surrounding the eye,â€ť explains Dr. Nadine Pernodet, Vice President, Skin Biology & BioActives Research & Development at The EstĂ©e Lauder Companies.
Each time these muscles are used, the surrounding skin moves and stretches. And it turns out these muscles are being used a lot more than initially thought. â€śYou blink more than 10,000 times per day,â€ť Pernodet says. â€śIf your eyes feel tired at the end of the day, you can understand why, because based on blink rate alone, if compared to walking, the eye areaâ€™s micro- movements would be like the equivalent of the number of steps it takes to walk eight kilometres a day.â€ť Multiply that by seven days, and each week your eyes are moving the equivalent of a marathon every single week.
â€śEach time we blink, smile, frown, laugh or cry there is repetitive skin movement,â€ť says Pernodet explaining that these movements are known as micro-motions.Couple that with that fact the skin surrounding the eyes is 40 per-cent thinner than other areas of the face and has very few oil glands to keep it hydrated, itâ€™s easier to understand why the eyes are more prone to irritation and the first signs of ageing.
Based EstĂ©e Lauderâ€™s research, the team discovered that over time, natural collagen production in the area decreases, and irritation increases. â€śThis stress, from micro-movements, along with the delicate features of periorbital skin, explain why this area ages faster than the surrounding facial skin,â€ť says Pernodet. While both young and older cells were both impacted by micro-movements, Pernodet explains that while younger cells are able to naturally re-orient themselves and minimise the impact of repetitive movement, ageing cells are more susceptible to damage caused by constant movement.
Rewind the clock with these must-haves.
EstĂ©e Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix ($138) features an invisible visco-elastic network that strengthens and support the delicate eye area skin. Milk Thistle works to help fight visible irritation and support natural collagen.
Peptides in Environ Skin EssentiA Antioxidant & Peptide Eye Gel ($67.10) plump the skin surrounding the eye area, while vitamin A, C and E promote collagen and elastin and fend off free radicals.
Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift ($115) wakes up tired eyes by brightening and reducing the signs of stress. A cocktail of potent ingredients â€“ wild indigo seed, arctic algae and hyaluronic acid â€“ reduce unwanted puffiness and dark circles.