Skin aging is usually attributed to environmental factors, sun exposure, smoking, and poor nutrition. But while all these factors contribute to premature skin aging, there’s a much deeper story behind the fine lines on our faces. Could it be that wrinkles forming around our eyes are much more than just our guilty pleasures of sipping cocktails in the sun?
What does Chinese medicine say?
According to Chinese medicine, wrinkles start forming as our bodies start running low on liquids. During this jin phase, our bodies enter the dehydration phase and wrinkles appear around our eyes and mouth. As soon as we start noticing our skin aging at a faster pace, we should increase our water intake and balance our diet.
What’s the story behind your wrinkles?
Laugh lines, as we like to call them, are the fine lines in the corners of our eyes and turn upwards. We associate these lines with a joyful personality that tends to smile a lot. People with these lines have a so-called Duchenne smile, a wide grin that involves the eyes and activates the production of endorphins. When our wrinkles turn downwards, we associate them with sadness, if they run down to our cheeks, they portray tragedy, and wrinkles that run further than that are a sign of grieving. The deeper the emotions, the harder it is to reduce their appearance.
The kidneys’ role
The kidneys function as a waste treatment plant for our bodies and are responsible for filtering all of the liquids in our bodies. When our body is dehydrated it compromises the functions of our kidneys, which leads to our undereye area swelling and dark under-eye circles forming. Chinese medicine sees fine lines under the eyes as a sign of poor kidney functions.
How to treat wrinkles in the eye area with a holistic approach?
- Eat for kidney health
The first step towards a more youthful eye area is to eliminate sugar, a well-known factor in premature aging, as well as other foods that cause inflammation, such as dairy and processed food. In order to support your kidneys, make sure your meals include plenty of legumes, leafy greens, broccoli, linseed, cabbage, and similar. According to Chinese medicine, people with weak kidneys should eat their food warm and eat a lot of vegetable soups and stews.
- Hydrate in sips
As discussed earlier, dehydration is one of the main reasons our skin starts to form wrinkles, especially in the eye area. Drink plenty of water, unsweetened teas, and green smoothies, making sure they are at room temperature and you’re drinking them in sips. Downing an entire glass of water in one go will only put more burden on your kidneys and won’t do much for hydration levels, while the sugars in fruit juices only accelerate the aging process.
- Regular exercise takes decades off the skin
Research at McMaster University in Ontario showed how exercise can significantly improve our skin’s condition. A group of otherwise passive people over the age of 65 introduced a workout regime of jogging or cycling for 30 minutes twice weekly for three months. After this period, the skin samples had significantly improved, with outer and inner layers that looked very similar to those of 20- to 40-year-olds.
- Hydrate the skin
Even if your intake of water is high, your skin needs nourishment from the outside as well. You can improve its ability to retain water by using a high-quality hyaluronic acid serum, however, it is also important to prevent water loss by making sure your skin barrier is healthy. In order to maintain a healthy skin barrier, introduce products, rich in ceramides and niacinamide.
Wonderful hydration serums:
Use targeted eye serums
Look for products rich in antioxidants and peptides to further nourish the gentle and sensitive eye area. Always use sunscreen around the eyes as well during the day and retinols at night.
Best eye serums: