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All Health's Breaking Loose: The eyes have it

February 16, 2011|By Loa Blasucci

Aging is relative — a sliding scale that affects us each individually and personally. Gravity may coax parts of us toward Argentina, but some of us still feel as perky and vigorous as we did in our youth.

With so many ways to improve our appearance or cheat the system, it’s getting harder to guess the age of a stranger. But if you really want to know, look into the stranger¿¿¿s eyes. Not just “into,” but all around, above and underneath. The eyes are the most telling feature of our age. They speak volumes about how well we¿¿¿ve lived, how good we feel and how old we really are. They¿¿¿re called ¿¿¿windows to the soul¿¿¿ for a reason.

The fatty pads on the upper eyelids are prone to the aforementioned southward movement and when they start to drop, the face is altered noticeably. The natural sparkle, or gleam, of the eyes fades as the body tries to keep up with the daily demands of renewal. The whites of the eye, or sclera, are mostly connective tissue and dependant on healthy neurological and cardiovascular systems to keep them clear and bright-white like those of a child.

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The skin around your eyes is only about 20 micrometers thick and is more sensitive than the thicker skin in other areas of your body like the feet and hands. Thinner skin is less resistant to irritants that penetrate the epidermis and affect the underlying skin, causing redness or puffiness. Blood vessels showing through or slow blood flow can cause the appearance of dark, under-eye circles. The buildup of lymph translates into puffy eyes. This is why getting a night of too much sleep allows you to awaken looking like you¿¿¿ve had a wild night of partying.

Lines and wrinkles also appear more readily in thin, delicate skin, and can be caused from the emotion you feel on the inside. The upper eyelids lower with extended periods of anger and sadness. Crows¿¿¿ feet, furrows in the brow, droopiness and lifeless eyes are enhanced by various types of excess emotion. Add it all up and yes, there can be a lifetime of stories in your eyes.

The good news is that your face has a muscular structure under the skin. Lift your eyebrows, wiggle your ears, blow a kiss and you will feel it. The more toned these muscles are, the less prone to sagging your face and eye area will be and the more likely it is that you will remain your distinctive, recognizable self.

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