Ever wondered why the muscles and skin around your eye area seem to take much more time to respond to all your efforts, no matter how hard and persistently you try?
The problem here isn’t with your motivation or dedication to your eye-care routine; it’s with your habits. A habit is something you do over and over again, without so much as even thinking about it. And as with all things in life, habits can be both positive and negative.
Positive habits are those which help you attain your personal, social and professional goals, while negative habits are those which hinder your progress. When working on your eye area to lose your baggy lower lids, puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles, here are a few habits you’ll need to pay attention to…
* Avoid rubbing your eyes:
You’ll be surprised to learn just how much damage this simple, seemingly harmless, habit can cause to the delicate skin and muscles around your eyes.
When you rub your eyes, the delicate skin around them stretches, which in turn, leads to wrinkles and fine lines. What’s more, rubbing your eyes too often can also cause the skin to discolor, which creates dark circles around your lower eyelids.
* Don’t go to sleep with makeup on:
Your body works the hardest to repair any damage caused to the skin and muscles around your eyes, while you are asleep. In order to repair and rejuvenate itself, your skin needs to breathe. When you go to sleep without taking off your makeup, the makeup seeps into your pores and clogs them.
The first and most obvious sign of this oxygen deprivation is in the form of acne, which later gives way to sagging skin, wrinkles and puffiness in your eye-area. Use a good-quality cleanser to clear your face of every last bit of makeup, and then use liberal amounts of a moisturizer which matches your skin type, before you retire for the night.
We’ve already talked about why smoking is one of the worst habits to inflict on your skin and facial muscles. But for those who don’t smoke, did you know that secondhand smoke is just as potent and damaging? Secondhand smoke works slightly differently, as compared to first-hand smoke, as it triggers allergic reactions in your body, and elevates the level of free radicals in your bloodstream.
If someone in your family, or circle of friends, smokes, set aside an area exclusively for them where they can puff away to their hearts’ content. This way, you won’t have to worry about secondhand smoke in your immediate surroundings, without having to sever all ties with any smokers you may know!
Secondhand smoke should also be a priority when you eat out – the air in restaurants which do not have a designated smoking area is laced with secondhand smoke. And so, if you visit these restaurants very frequently or spend most of your leisure hours in such an environment, it can prove to be very damaging to the delicate skin and facial muscles around your eyes.
* Not using a makeup remover:
A lot of women I’ve met over the years, don’t think twice about slathering on layers of mascara and eye-liner, but do not use a good-quality makeup remover to clear their eye-makeup. As a result, they tend to use harsh and tugging motions to clear their eye-makeup, which again, damages their eye-area.
Many manufacturers have special eye-makeup removers which are a lot milder than regular cleansers. Often, these eye-makeup removers are enriched with dollops of Vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant) to minimize the damage caused by makeup and the scrubbing motion.
* Not drinking enough water:
Water plays a very important role in maintaining the youthfulness and elasticity of your skin on several levels. Water flushes out any toxins in your circulatory system, while also rehydrating your skin on a cellular level.
More than 90% of the world’s population today does not drink enough water; instead, all these people turn to calorie and preservative filled sodas and other sugary beverages to quench their thirst. And so, they don’t just end up consuming a lot more calories than they ideally need to, but also stuffing their system with a ton of harmful chemicals and toxins.
* Eating too much salt:
When I mention salt, I’m not just referring to the dash of table salt that you use to flavor your meals. Virtually every packaged food like crisps, cookies, pre-packaged meals and even canned produce contain a lot more salt than you should ideally consume.
Salt promotes water-retention, making the area around your eyes bloat up and lose their natural shape. What’s more, consuming too much salt also dehydrates your skin, making it lose its elasticity and youthfulness over time.
* Obsessing about calories:
Unlike what you may have been led to believe, calories aren’t your biggest enemy in journey to transform your body and physical appearance. Sure, it’s important to not consume way too many calories, so as to avoid putting on weight. But it’s also equally important to pay attention to what you’re eating, rather than only worrying about how much you’re eating.
No diet, no matter how marvelous the results it promises, will work if it leaves you feeling starved and deprived. Your body needs a certain amount of vital energy and nutrients, in order to function healthily, and when it is deprived of this essential nourishment, the effects begin to show up around your eyes.
So, don’t hop on to the calorie-crunching bandwagon just because you’re worried about your weight. Instead, focus on the quality of food you’re eating and choose whole, natural foods instead of their processed, refined counterparts.