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We all know this - our eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. From wrinkles to dark circles to puffiness, there are no avoiding these pesky symptoms as we get older. However, there are certain things you can do to slow down these signs (or at least make them less conspicuous).


#1: Use an eye cream/ eye serum

Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Eye Cream, $70; For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Eye Cream, $69

First and foremost, introduce an eye cream/ eye serum into your daily beauty routine if you have not. Your standard moisturiser might have been enough when you were younger, but once you hit your 20s, it is time to invest in a separate product for your eye area.

The reason for this is that the skin around our eyes is quite different from the rest of our face. It is thinner, more delicate and more vulnerable. Furthermore, unlike the rest of the face, the skin around our eyes have no oil glands, which explains why it tends to be drier and show signs of ageing faster.

This naturally means that we should use a separate product for our sensitive eye area. Eye creams and eye serums are usually formulated to be thicker, but yet milder, to effectively moisturise the skin around our eyes without irritation. Different eye creams and eye serums might also contain a host of different ingredients – for example, collagen is used mostly to smooth our wrinkles, calendula helps to fight puffiness while caffeine (yes, some do contain caffeine) combats under-eye bags. Choose one that suits you best.


#2: Don a pair of shades 

Celine acetate sunglasses, €280 (S$458),, Dolce & Gabbana Cat Eye Sunglasses in pink, $413.76 from

This is exceptionally important if you’re going out under the sun. Squinting is one major cause of wrinkle formation for the skin around our eyes, as we are putting a heavy strain on the eye muscles when we adopt this facial expression. This can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, aka, the dreaded crow’s feet.

To prevent this. always carry a pair of sunglasses with you. Make sure they have UV protection to help block out UV rays, and to stop photo and free radical damage to our delicate eye area. Wrap-around styles, or at least oversized shades, will provide the most amount of protection. In a similar vein, if you wear glasses/ contact lenses, do also ensure they are of the right prescription so that you don’t end up squinting too much.


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