It’s safe to say a lot of us have been spending our extended time at home in front for various screens, be it in front of a laptop for work, TV or iPad to de-stress with your favourite K-dramas or on your phone scrolling through your various social channels. But have you stopped to think about the impact extended screen time might have on the skin around your eyes?
The skin around your eyes is five times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, making it really fragile and delicate. On a daily basis, you blink about 10,000 times, squint while looking at your computer or phone screen, rub your eyes when you’re sleepy, apply and remove makeup—all of which causes damage to the skin. And without a collagen and elastin matrix to support it, the skin around the eyes is the first place to show signs of fatigue and damage.
It’s also a reflection of a bad diet and unhealthy lifestyle. The snacks you ate last night while watching The World of The Married (or watching CLOY yet again)? It shows up as puffiness the next morning. When you stay up till the wee hours of the morning finishing that project for work? It will show up as dark circles.
That’s why it’s best to use an eye cream earlier rather than later. It’s easier to prevent signs of fatigue and ageing rather than fight them when they appear. You can start using an eye cream in your early twenties, but it is never too late to incorporate one into your beauty routine. The great part is you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to buying and eye cream. Here are some to consider, some starting as low as $20.
Additional Text: Joyce Cheo, Additional reporting: Arissa Ha and Farisia Thang