Sagging around the eyes...
what causes it and how to approach it?
The area around the eyes is an important part of the body that determines one's appearance. If the sagging around the eyes is noticeable, it can make you look older and tired. If possible, we want to look young all the time, even as we age. To maintain the firmness of your eye area, start today by taking measures to prevent sagging of the eye area.
In this article, we will introduce the causes of sagging around the eyes and how to approach this problem.
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What are the causes and approaches to prevent sagging around the eyes?
1: Decrease in the components that support skin elasticity
Human skin is composed of three layers, in order from the outside: epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. In order to maintain skin firmness and elasticity, the function of the components collagen and elastin in the dermis is important.
However, the amount of collagen and elastin decreases with age. This causes the skin to lose its elasticity and sagging around the eyes is more likely to occur.
2: Dry skin
The skin around the eyes is thinner than the skin of other parts of the body, making it more prone to dryness. As the skin ages, it becomes even drier due to a decrease in "ceramide," an ingredient necessary for moisture. When skin loses its luster and firmness due to inadequate moisturizing care, sagging around the eyes becomes more visible.
3: Weakening of the muscles around the eyes
Around the eyes, there is a muscle called the orbicularis oculi muscle. The function of the orbicularis oculi muscle is what keeps the eye area youthful and free from sagging.
However, the orbicularis oculi muscle becomes thinner with age and its muscular strength deteriorates. This makes it unable to support the skin and fat around the eyes, leading to sagging. In addition, the "orbital fat" under the eyes is compressed, causing the area to bulge and giving the appearance of aging.
4: Influence of ultraviolet rays
Sagging around the eyes can be caused by damage from ultraviolet rays. The types of ultraviolet rays that affect human skin are UVA and UVB.
UVA damages cells involved in the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, etc. When UVA reduces firmness and elasticity, sagging around the eyes is more likely to occur.
UVB affects the epidermis of the skin, and high exposure to UVB can lead to dry skin. It is important to protect skin from UVB rays in order to maintain firmness and moisture.
5: Eye strain from computer and smartphone use
Prolonged use of computers and smartphones can cause eye fatigue. When the eyes become tired, blood flow around the eyes is reduced and waste products tend to accumulate.
As a result, sagging around the eyes is more likely to occur. In addition, prolonged use of smartphones before going to bed can also reduce the quality of sleep. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles to form around the eyes, making them look even more tired.
6:Rubbing the eye area too hard
Rubbing the eye area too hard when itching or cleansing the eyes can irritate the skin. Over-stimulation of the eye area, where the skin is thin, can cause sagging.
What is the approach to prevent sagging around the eye area?
1: Moisturize properly with skin care.
To reduce sagging around the eye area and maintain its firmness and luster, it is important to carefully moisturize the skin daily. In particular, the skin around the eyes is thin and easily dried, so use not only lotion but also milky lotion and eye cream. To maintain the firmness and moisture of the eye area, items containing the following ingredients are recommended.Collagen, hyaluronic acid
, vitamin C
, retinol, and
2:Do exercises to strengthen the muscles around the eyes
To prevent the orbicularis oculus muscle from weakening, perform simple exercises. First, close your eyes tightly for 5 seconds. Then, open your eyes and hold them open for five seconds. Continue this movement for about five times.
When doing this exercise, hold your forehead lightly with the palm of your hand to prevent your forehead from moving. If you decide in advance when you will do the exercise, such as during breaks at work or while taking a bath, you will remember to do it every day.
3: Protect against UV rays
Sagging around the eyes can be caused by damage from ultraviolet rays, so be sure to take UV protection when you go outside.
To protect against UV rays, it is recommended to use not only sunscreen but also a parasol or hat. To protect the eyes from UV rays, it is even better to use sunglasses as well. Ultraviolet rays fall every day, regardless of the season or weather. Therefore, it is important to continue to take UV protection every day.
4:Take a break when your eyes get tired.
If your eyes become tired after using a smartphone or computer for a long time, close your eyes and give them a rest. When resting your eyes, place a warm steamed towel over your closed eyes to improve blood circulation to the eye area. Gentle massaging of the eye area is also recommended.
When massaging, apply a serum or cream that can be used for the eye area, and then massage slowly using the belly of the middle or ring finger. Be careful not to exert too much pressure when massaging.
Things to keep in mind to prevent sagging around the eye area
1: Do not rub the eye area too hard.
The eye area is thin and delicate, so rubbing it hard and causing friction will make the eye area sag more easily. Therefore, it is important to be careful not to rub your eyes accidentally on a regular basis. When cleansing and caring for the skin, touch the skin gently without rubbing.
2:Lather your face wash thoroughly.
When washing your face, lather your cleanser generously before washing. If you wash your face without lathering up the cleanser, you will rub your skin with your fingers, causing friction.
By lathering your face thoroughly and then gently washing your skin with the lather, you can remove dirt without causing unnecessary irritation to your skin.
Also, using the shower to wash your face can damage the skin and lead to sagging around the eyes. When rinsing off cleanser and dirt, scoop lukewarm water with both hands and gently apply it to the skin to rinse it off.
3: Get a good night's sleep.
Insufficient sleep can cause blood flow to stagnate, making it difficult for the muscles around the eyes to relax. To prevent sagging around the eyes, be sure to get a good night's sleep every day. Make it a habit to go to bed early and wake up early, and enjoy aroma and music before bed to relax, which will improve the quality of your sleep.
Use makeup to cover up sagging around the eyes.
To conceal sagging skin around the eyes naturally, use concealer with makeup. We recommend using a concealer one to two tones lighter than your skin color. After applying concealer under the eyes, use the tips of your fingers to extend the concealer from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner of the eye. Use your middle or ring finger at this point, as using your index finger may cause excessive force.
Keep the eye area firm and moist with a daily routine!
Sagging around the eyes is caused by aging, UV rays, and fatigue from overuse of the eyes.
Although we cannot stop aging, we can maintain a firm and moist impression around the eyes by taking various measures, such as moisturizing the skin with daily skin care and taking measures against UV rays.
We encourage you to continue to take measures to prevent sagging of the eye area on a daily basis.