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Why The Skin Near Your Eyes Should Be Treated With Care

You often see advertisements for under eye creams, special eye pillows, treatments for the skin around your eyes, and so on, but have you ever wondered why the skin around your eyes needs to be treated with so much special care? There are a number of reasons.

The Skin Near Your Eyes Works Hard

The skin around your eyes is some of the hardest-working skin on your body. It is constantly moving. Even when you’re sitting still, your eyes are moving around, you’re making facial eye expressions, you’re blinking, and every time you do one of these things you’re moving the skin around your eyes. Crow’s feet are sometimes called “smile lines” because they reflect the movement your eyes make when you’re smiling. Since skin is like a rubber band, and it loses a little bit of elasticity whenever it moves, the skin around your eyes needs to constantly renew itself at an accelerated rate, much more so than the rest of your face, in order to stay taut and young-looking and healthy.

The Skin Under Your Eyes Is Thin

If you gently feel around your eye, you’ll notice that above your cheekbone and below your brow bone, the skin feels very thin. Unlike the cheeks, lips, and nose, the skin around the eyes is very thin and has little in the way of fat deposit padding underneath. There are a few muscles in the area, but they are also extremely thin. Most of the material below the skin around the eyes is bone: the orbits of the eye sockets. Because there is so little room in this area, the under-eye skin has very few resources available to it; it’s not near a major artery for blood supply. As a result, it is easy to strain or damage this skin.

The Skin Around Your Eyes Is Different

Not only is it hard-working and cramped, the skin around your eyes is also a little bit different than the skin in the surrounding areas. It has fewer oil and sweat glands, so it is less able to regulate its moisture levels, and dries out easily. It’s important that eye care and the products you use in this area are oil-free because the skin can become clogged easily or contaminants could enter the eye, but it’s also important to moisturize often to keep this delicate area supple and healthy.

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