What’s your eye-Q?

You consider yourself a skin-savvy individual? How well do you know the skin around your eyes and how to care for it? Take our quiz to test your skin eye-Q!

1) True or False:
The skin around eyes is thinner then on the rest of your face

True. The skin around your eyes doesn’t have the thick fatty tissue layer that plumps out the skin on the rest of your face and body, so it is thinner.

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2) True or False:
The skin around your eyes can be the first place to show wrinkles.

True. The lack of a fatty tissue layer is what causes crow’s feet around eyes to become visible before you start to see other wrinkles. The fatty tissue helps to keep the skin tight and firm on other parts of the body, basically stretching out fine lines.

3) Which of the following contribute to crow’s feet?

  1. Squinting
  2. Sleeping on your side
  3. Sun exposure
  4. Smoking
  5. All of the above

All of the above.

  1. When you squeeze your eyes tight, you are contracting the muscles around your eyes, forming wrinkles that radiate from the corners of your eyes to your temples. Years of squinting eventually form permanent wrinkles. Wear sunglasses or corrective lenses to avoid squinting from the sun or nearsightedness.
  2. Habitually sleeping on your side can cause the lines to appear. No matter how soft your pillow, it puts pressure on your face each night. Over years, this can etch lines into your chin, cheeks, forehead or, if you’re a side sleeper, the sides of your eyes. To avoid this pressure, sleep on your back.
  3. The third factor is sunlight. Exposure to sunlight may be what causes crow’s feet around eyes, because of something called photo-aging. Extended exposure to sun can leave skin dry and wrinkled.
  4. Smoking causes wrinkles by damaging collagen and elastin fibers and by depriving the skin of blood flow and oxygen. It also contributes to crow’s feet because you squint to keep smoke out of your eyes.

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4) True or False:
You should use a special eye cream vs using your regular moisturizer.

True. In addition to being thinner, the skin around the eye is also more vulnerable to irritation from active ingredients. Before you apply an anti-wrinkle treatment, choose an eye-specific product to ensure that you’re using a formula designed to minimize any skin reactions in this area

5) You should begin using eye cream

  1. in your teens
  2. in your 20s
  3. in your 30s
  4. when you begin to see deep wrinkles
  5. depends on your skin type
  1. If you have very dry skin, it is important to incorporate a basic, moisturizing eye cream into your daily regimen as early as your teens or twenties. Dry skin wrinkles earlier. Eye creams keep the skin moist so fine lines won’t show as much. Once you are in your 30s, everybody should incorporate an eye cream into their daily regimen.

6) The best way to apply eye cream is

  1. Rub it in with your index finger
  2. Gently pat with your ring finger
  3. Sweep it on with first 3 fingers
  1. The key is to be very gentle while applying eye cream to protect the delicate skin. Gently pat, tap or massage eye cream into skin. You want to avoid any tugging or pulling of the skin. Your ring finger is not as strong, so you will be less likely to apply aggressively if you use it vs your index finger.

7) True or False
More eye cream means faster results, so you should use a dime sized dollop

False. More is not more when it comes to eye cream. If you use too much, it may not fully absorb and cause eye irritation. Use a pea-sized dab on your ring finger, then dot it on your brow bone and about a half inch underneath your eye. That’s all! Let your eye cream absorb for at least 5 min before applying make-up in the morning and 30 minutes before bedtime. If you don’t let the eye cream absorb into the skin before make-up, your concealer could cake up in the extra emollient. Applying eye products just before sleep can cause products to travel under the lids and cause irritation that will be visible in the morning.

Now that you’ve improved your eye-Q with our quiz, how do you choose an eye cream? Look for the following ingredients based on your skin care concerns:

Wrinkles – Retinol and peptides are known for upping collagen production, while antioxidants are known for preventing collagen damage.
Dark circles – Caffeine helps constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness while brighteners improve color of dark under-eyes.

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