One touch is all it takes to notice that the skin around the eyes is extremely thin. Try touching it for yourself and you’ll see. It is around 4 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face which increases its vulnerability. The dermis is very thin in this area, lacking in collagen and elastin fibers - crucial elements helping to support the skin and its elasticity.
A zone in perpetual motion
This zone is also in perpetual motion: the skin around the eyes is constantly called upon by 22 muscles - 14 of which are dedicated solely to blinking.
These movements, estimated at around 10,000 a day, are essential to maintain the balance of the surface of the cornea, but can, in the long-term, cause the appearance of visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Additionally, the hydrolipidic film (the skin's natural protective film) is less abundant in this area than in the rest of the face. This is mainly due to the fact that there are fewer of the sebaceous and sudoriparous glands that produce this film around the eye.
Finally, microcirculation of the blood and lymphatic system are often slower in the eye contour area which can cause dark circles and puffiness.
All these elements alone, and combined, mean the eye contour area is usually the first part of the face to show signs of aging.
It is therefore important to treat this are with targeted skin care daily.
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