Bear with me on a brief tangent here. (I had an epiphany, sue me.)
I have a theory as to why so many people in my age group hear, “You look SO much younger than your actual age!”
I mean let’s face it. By simple math, it’s not possible that so many of us look younger than “most” of us. (Think about it.) Well, not unless we are suddenly looking younger, overall, than the previous generation at the same age — which would mean we’re expecting an overall older look, and we’re being surprised by what we actually do see.
Lightbulb moment. (Don’t you love when that happens?) We are looking younger than previous generations of 30-somethings, 40-somethings or 50-somethings. When I think back to my mother in her 30s and 40s, I recall a generation that cut their hair into “older lady” styles at that time. They got properly into “older lady” clothes. They started doing “older lady” things.
We’re not like that any more. Today, we’re staying vibrant — in so many ways.
But what happens when our skin doesn’t get the memo that we’re feeling younger than ever well into middle age? The dark side to all this happy extended physical youth is that we put higher expectations on ourselves to stay younger looking…no matter what. And we tend to jump for the expensive creams and serums (and there are plenty out there to chose from) … in fact, I actually tested one, and created a video for it here:
My advice: don’t panic, and don’t go spending until you have to. Try some natural ideas first. Here are some of my favorite homemade remedies for when those pesky wrinkles just don’t realize we’re still truly 17 at heart. (And surprise — they’re not all things you put ON your face.) Enjoy and stay beautiful!
I know, I know. I groaned too. But there really is yet another good reason to exercise (sorry). Exercise speeds up our entire metabolism — and I’m not just talking about the fat-burning part. Ultimately, regular exercise speeds up the metabolism of our cells, too, including the skin cells under the eyes. This means they “act younger” — with a faster turnover rate and better health overall. The result: less premature aging.
I’ve never believed in the eight 8-oz. glasses a day rule — isn’t everyone’s body unique, after all? — but dehydration really does contribute to the look and depth of wrinkles in the skin. Hydrated skin is “plumped out,” which helps to blur those little lines. So make sure you don’t get dehydrated during the day.
I probably sound like a broken record about this, but you really do need to use a gentle, eye-friendly sunscreen around your eyes. Almost nothing will age the delicate, thin skin around the eyes faster than UV rays, which cause DNA damage to the skin cells. Wear UV daily — even on cloudy days.
4. Grape Seed Oil
You knew I’d get to the wonder products, didn’t you? Here’s one that’s undersung but does an amazing job: grape seed oil. This easy-to-obtain, inexpensive little oil contains antioxidants such as proanthocyanidins that have been shown in studies to actually repair DNA damage to the skin, minimizing the look of wrinkles. Dab just a tiny amount under each eye before bedtime.
5. Mashed Avodado
Avocados contain properties that amp up oil production under the eyes, which is important as the skin under your eyes has very few oil glands and hence, less lubrication than the rest of your skin. They also have an astringent, tightening property that helps smooth out the look of fine lines instantly. Mash up some fresh avocado and use it as a mask, applying it to closed eyes for 15-20 minutes. Wash off gently and go about the rest of your eye care/makeup routine.
6. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is so hydrating and repairative that it has been used in stretch mark and scar treatment. Dab a bit under each eye at bedtime (don’t overdo this). In the morning, wash off gently.
7. Green, Black or Chamomile Tea
Teas contain tannins, which help firm up the eye area, minimizing the look of bags and wrinkles. Use any of these three teas in the same way: steep in hot water for 10 minutes; remove from the hot water and squeeze out the excess liquid. Place in your refrigerator until cool or cold. Now place on your closed eyes for 20 minutes. The effects will last for hours. This is a great morning treatment for tired eyes, too.