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  • TLC for Sensitive Eyes

    Eyes Spring2The delicate eye area is taking quite a hammering at the moment not only from environmental challenges, which play havoc on our eyes. A common cause of redness and itchiness around the eyes is hay fever (allergic rhinitis), occurring mostly in spring and summer. Or it may be atopic dermatitis caused by the inhalation of allergens, such as pollen, dust or animal fur, which trigger inflammation.

    We’re also in the era of the ‘super lash’, just about every other person is wearing eye lash extensions or false lashes, or using eye growth serums—all of which can be quite irritating and sensitizing to the eyes.

    Here are some easy things that can be done to care for red, itchy eyes.

    1. Ensure makeup is removed thoroughly using a very gentle, fragrance and S.D. alcohol free eye makeup remover. It will need to be water soluble to ensure that all traces of the product and makeup is leaving no residue (perfect for the contact lens wearer). Choose one with the added benefit of built-in lash conditioners (Silk Amino Acids) that prevent lashes from becoming dry and brittle, as well as keeping the skin around the eye area soft, hydrated and smooth.

    2. To help alleviate dry eyes, place a few drops of artificial tear drop solution; or for red eyes, try some vasoconstrictive eye drops.

    3. When the eyes feel, red, puffy and irritated, place a cold compress or cooling eye packs over them for 5 to 10 minutes. A cooling, hydrating eye masque (kept cool in the fridge) can also be used around the eye area, underneath the compress.

    4. To alleviate the dry, itchy skin, apply a reparative and intensely nourishing protective eye cream (fragrance free) each evening. Key ingredients will include Vitamin A, C, E and Pro-Vitamin B5, as well as soothing botanicals such as Green Tea, Cucumber Arnica and Butcherbroom

    5. If the eye area is very dry and in need of a ‘super protector’, apply an anhydrous moisturizer that melts into the skin, repairs the natural barrier lipid layer and reduces irritation and dryness.

    6. Wear hypo allergenic makeup that has been screened of all known irritants.

    7. Lastly, we should all know the ultimate skin sin by now—never, ever go to bed with your makeup on!

    Ensure everything placed near or in the eyes is super clean. Makeup brushes need to be washed in an antibacterial cleanser monthly, contact lenses need to be changed regularly and always kept thoroughly clean.

    It’s also important to check eye makeup and eye care products; have they been shared with anyone who may have an eye infection? Could your products be rancid, or well past their use by date harboring fungi or bacteria? It’s not common knowledge among makeup users that mascara is only supposed to be used for two months before discarding, perhaps this is the cause of the eye sensitivity.

    As red, itchy eyes can also be a result of an eye infection, it’s important to seek medical advice from a doctor if symptoms do persist.

  • Easy on the Eyes

    The skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest on the human body – about 0.5mm thick – or roughly the width of 5 sheets of paper. With every furrow, blink, and squint the delicate skin tissue around the eye area is constantly changing. Add to that the stretching and rubbing we induce, and it’s no wonder that the very first signs of aging, stress and sensitivity show up in this delicate eye area first. And this looks like puffiness, lines, sagging and dehydration.

    It’s no surprise that treatments targeting aging around the eye area represent one of the fastest-growing market segments in the skin care industry. Unfortunately, these advances have failed to meet the needs of one important segment of our clientele – those who have highly sensitive skin, yet wish to treat the signs of aging around the eye area. Many of the highly-active formulations are just too aggressive for individuals with heightened sensitivity and can actually trigger an inflammatory response. Ironically, chronic inflammation can lead to premature aging and these anti-aging products can actually cause more harm than good for those with sensitive skin.

    Look out for these ingredients to help reduce eye puffiness and firm skin without the irritating drawbacks.

    Hexapeptide-11: A peptide derived from Yeast, to help firm the skin, improve skin elasticity and improve fine lines.

    Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP): A stable form of Vitamin C preferred for sensitized skin clients, as the pH of the delivery system does not have to be low or acidic, which can be irritating.

    Carrot Oil: Oil enriched with antioxidant carotenoids and provitamin A, which can be converted into Vitamin A or Retinol in our skin. Vitamin A helps to boost cell renewal and reverse the signs of extrinsically aged skin.

    Red and Brown Seaweed: Soothing extracts that hydrate while protecting skin from collagen degrading enzymes.

    Golden Chamomile: An African plant rich in antioxidant polyphenols that also helps soothe irritated skin and strengthen capillaries.

  • Eyedeas for Eyes!

    Bettina ZammertNo other part of the face is as expressive or reveals our moods and feelings as much as the eye area. The area is an eye-catcher in the truest sense of the word – but unfortunately it’s also the part of the face that shows the first signs of skin aging. The first fine lines start to appear when we are in our early to mid-20s, and it’s followed by changes in pigmentation and a reduction in the skin’s firmness. And regardless of our age, a glance in the mirror can often reveal puffiness and shadows around the eyes – which is guaranteed to spoil the mood!

    Our clients also have their concerns regarding the youthfulness and radiance of their eye area. Needless to say, an individual consultation also includes the recommendation of suitable eye care products. Which is most suitable is determined by the condition of the skin and your clients’ preferences. You must also find out whether your clients are already using an eye care product, and whether it contains a protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays.

    You must also ask clients about their lifestyles and daily habits. Do they wear sunglasses with adequately large frames to protect the tissue around the eyes from harmful UV rays? Are the frames efficient enough to prevent squinting, which can lead to expression lines?

    You can achieve amazing results around the eye area if you use a chemical exfoliant during the skin treatment. But be careful – do not use mechanical exfoliants with granules, as they could enter your clients’ eyes and cause a severe mechanical irritation on the sensitive area. It is better to use a gentle acid exfoliant, applied in a semi-circle around the outer corner of the eye. Take great care not to get too close to the lash line, and only work on the areas under the eye and by the outer corner of the eye – the inner corner of the eye is a no-go area! Finish this with a gentle drainage massage using a concentrate of active substances followed by a cooling gel mask for a real WOW effect when your client looks in the mirror.

    Incidentally: A chemical exfoliation, light massage and mask can also leave the lip area looking much fresher and fuller. Please take care to avoid the oral fissure – and make sure your client doesn’t inadvertently “sample” the products.

    Wishing you every success, and with best wishes from Germany!

  • Treating Sensitized Eyes

    Sharon MaxwellThey say that the eyes are the window to the soul. Why does the eye reveal so much? The eye is directly connected to the brain via the optic nerve, and it will tell the condition of the nervous system and the brain. When the nervous system or brain have been injured, the eye changes, loses clarity and alertness, and it even loses its ability to see.

    The skin around the eyes tells a story of how we have lived our life. Too much sun, smoking and stress will leave telltale signs such as sagging, bagging and wrinkles. The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than on the face, and it is therefore more delicate and susceptible to damage. Avoid tugging the delicate tissue, be gentle, and wear something as simple as sunscreen and sunglasses to protect the area. There are fewer sebaceous glands around the eyes than the rest of the face, so to combat dehydration, it is important to use an ultra-rich cream of replenishing phytonutrients, antioxidant vitamins and soothing botanicals to help diminish those fine dry lines.

    Eyes really carry the strain of everyday living, beginning their work as soon as we are awake, and only relaxing when we are asleep. The orbicularis oculi muscle surrounding the eye is responsible for narrowing the eye to frown and squint and closing the eye to wink. It is a very overworked muscle and the one that is underlying ‘crow’s feet, the lines that appear on the outside corner of the eye.

    Eye Relaxation Technique
    Try massaging the eye area with a simple movement that leaves the eyes feeling lighter and brighter. This brings such a welcome relief to tired, sensitive eyes! Working both eyes, grasp the eyebrow between your thumb and middle finger, moving in the direction of the inner eye to the outer eye area. Then work under the eye, outside to inside with small circular movements using your middle finger. Apply pressure to finish on the sinus point under inside brow line (bladder 2 pressure point). Your clients’ tired, sensitized eyes will soon brighten!