They say the eyes are the doorway to your soul. So what does it say about your soul if your eyes are all puffy and full of lines? Well, since all skin is not created equally – especially around the eyes – it’s important to take special care of them and the skin surrounding them.

The skin around your eyes is thin, it’s true. It also has virtually no sebaceous glands, is stressed by frequent eye movement, has minimal fat padding and overlies a particularly dense capillary network. This adds up to an area prone to puffiness, dryness, and a knack for being the first one to show signs of aging.

I know, I know. When you’re twenty-five, aging is the last thing on your mind. But things like fine lines, bags and crow’s feet can come in as early as thirty-five. Which means? You have to start early. Preventative treatment at twenty-five is a great way to go. There are effective products out there that dramatically diminish the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and other eye area challenges. So, depending on your age, what should you use?

20-35 year olds: It’s all about Prevention

Eye Plus Lotion from Tu-el: With Ingredients like green tea, anise oil and algae extract, you have a light non-irritating lotion that helps to soothe the delicate eye area, smooth fine lines and help relieve puffiness. You may also use this on your lips to help prevent fine lines.

35 Plus: It’s all about Treatment

Contour by Valmont: This lightweight, non-greasy cream helps correct the area around the eyes and protect the lip contour. RNA, DNA, Bulgarian Rose and glacial spring water help restore the tone and firmness of skin tissues as well as combat signs of fatigue. Also helps to smoothe features while also softening the appearance of wrinkles. A Skin by Marywynn fave.

Stressed, Tired, Puffy Eyes of Any Age.

Eye Regenerating Mask from Valmont: The Mack Daddy of eye treatments, this mask can be added to any facial or purchased for home use. It’s a collagen mask specifically formulated to restore a youthful and glowing appearance to the eye area no matter how much sleep you’re lacking. Use once a week, once a month or on an “as needed” basis. This mask utilizes caffeine, mountain arnica, green tea, muchopolysaccharides and collagen. (A moment of silence, please.)

Let’s recap, ladies. To help prevent and repair the signs of aging around the delicate eye area, eye creams and lotions are essential to any skincare regimen and should be used daily. For any adult, it’s never too soon to start using an eye treatment. And one last tip? Save those dollars. Less is more when using eye creams and lotions. Go sparingly and you’ll still see amazing results. Pair them with your facial and all eyes will be on you – in a good way.