How Do My Wrinkles Around My Eyes Happen? What Can I Do About Them?

April 23, 2018

Why Does The Skin Under The Eyes
Wrinkle And Crease As I Age?

First of all, the skin around the eyes is completely different from the skin on the face! One of my first mentors, a French esthetician, explained skin to me in this way: “The skin on the face is like typing layer, the skin on the throat and décolleté is like fine writing paper and the skin around the eyes is like thin tissue paper.” That was 1970 and I stand by this illustration to help explain why different products are needed on these three different areas.

Look in the mirror and smile. Surprise! There are your wrinkles and lines and they begin with the natural facial gestures we all use to express ourselves. Squinting, Frowning, Smiling, Laughing, Crying, all these contribute to the eyes being the first to show age. The eye area (as well as the mouth area) are the most mobile areas of the face and therefore are constantly creasing and relaxing according to our emotions and their expression.

How Is Eye Creme Different From Face Cremes?

There are different variations of ingredients in products for the eye area and they depend on each company’s philosophy for the eye area and their chemist’s personal bias. For instance, eye creme of the mid century is very different from today’s offerings! Even what was important twenty years ago is today not relevant in light of new ingredient breakthroughs and how the delicate skin around the eyes absorbs and uses them. I too, have my personal bias and do a lot of research for all my products to keep my line both cutting edge and timeless.

What Ingredients Should I Look For In a Eye Creme?

Some ingredients I believe are important to the skin around the eyes care are the new peptides, particularly those that neutralize micro muscle action. A good eye creme should contain ingredients which impart moisture (water) and lipids (oil) in the smallest molecular structure available. I like D-Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Shea Butter, Squalane and some natural oils. Vitamins such as A, C, B, D3, E and Retinol (Vitamin A) are excellent as well as botanical extracts specific to anti-aging such as ginseng. The formula should be encapsulated for time released delivery and deeper penetration. It should contain a sealant ability to protect the delicate eye area skin from dehydration and evaporation of vital ingredients.

Why Did You Choose Bedroom Eyes?

Because a wrinkled and dehydrated eye area is a bane for aging skin, I spend a great deal of time researching and personally trying new ingredients and formulas of eye cremes. As of yet I have found none that equal the results of my Bedroom Eyes. Its micro emulsion not only feeds and moisturizers the eye area, it calms, tones and brightens the sometimes tired looking delicate tissue under the eyes.

What If I Don’t Want to Bother With Eye Creme?

Other Bryant Rushing Products applied to the face and throat and are advantageous to the eye area are 24 K Oxygen Emulsion, Answered Prayer Serum and White Caviar Serum. In fact, I often layer these under or over the application of my Bedroom Eyes. (White Caviar goes under, 24 K and Answered Prayer over).

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Shaken, not Stirred!

March 20, 2017

Those who have been coming to me for, need I say, decades, know my intense preference for serums. As a living organism, the skin can absorb a cornucopia of diverse ingredients with the right combination of serums.

You’ve heard me say this, “The lighter the weight (of a product), the quicker the absorption, the elimination of evaporation and the deeper the penetration.” Add to that, “fast acting with visible results,” and you’ll understand why your own protocol I designed for your personal skin care regimen is laden with serums.

But for those who want to cut down maintenance time, layering serums poses a dilemma. I’m here to tell you that not only can serums be blended and applied as one, but that it can be very advantageous to do so! By this I mean that certain serum formulas act as catalysts for one another!

To go into this would be a thesis so I’m just going to tell you some of my favorite blends:

For Delicate Skin with aging concerns: Mirror Mirror Serum with White Caviar Serum

For Normal to Oily Skin with pigmentation concerns: Cocktail Dress Serum with I’m A Perfectionist Serum

For “Sleepy Skin” that needs to wake up and start performing: Vitamin Luxe Serum with My Daily Vitamin Serum.

For Skin prone to breakouts: Divine Intervention Serum with My Best Selfie Serum.

For Dehydrated Skin: 24 Serum with Answered Prayer Serum.

These are just a few mixtures of the top of my head. There are limitless possibilities with the diversity of my Bryant Rushing Skin Care.

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A Little Escargot, Please

August 22, 2016

I will never forget my first wrinkle.   It was New Year’s Eve 1975. I was with my first husband and three other couples at some swanky restaurant in San Diego.  We were having a late night dinner   in one of the salon rooms lit with chandeliers and lined with mirrors.   I would be twenty-five  years old in 28 days. That’s one reason it was so memorable.  The other reason is snails.

I will never forget my first wrinkle.

You see, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to open my taste buds  to new culinary experiences.  So that night I decided (because it sounded so grown up and soooo glamorous) to  try escargot.  Stabbed with a tiny fork, luxuriating in a decadent white wine and butter sauce, the little morsel was weirdly chewy and somehow delectable.  I must admit that part of the fascination was imagining how horrified my mother would be to find out what I had eaten.  Because, let’s face it, escargot is snails.

Garden snails.  Snails that are so abundant in  California gardens you could feast on them as your sole source of protein daily and cut your grocery bill  by 30%.  Snails.  Little one legged slimy creatures that ooze along with their eyeballs on stems.  I would no more eat escargot today than pop a grasshopper in my mouth.  Anyhow, there I was enjoying the evening with my friends, slurping snails and a little tipsy from the champagne when I glanced in the mirror and spotted it.

I must admit that part of the fascination was imagining how horrified my mother would be.

IT . . . my first wrinkle. Between my eyes.  I stopped smiling to see if it would go away.  Slightly, but no, not entirely.   I excused myself and went to the ladies room to get a closer look.  There it was.  “Well, this just won’t do,” I told myself.  “Not at all.  I will not get wrinkles.

Who knew that years later (40, to be exact) I would be putting snail slime on my wrinkles?  From slurping snails to smoothing on the phenomenal anti-aging growth factors from snail slime found in the incredible Tensage Line? From their Daily Serum to the highly anticipated Tensage Ampoules for intensive 10 or 14 day therapy, here’s a product worth eating. Er, I mean, applying to the face.

(First published 07/12/13)

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The Lamborghini of Anti-Aging Products

August 20, 2016

Anyone can use a product as directed. But reading and understanding ingredients is vital to using them intelligently.  

I learned this lesson when I was sixteen when I applied Eucerin moisturizer as an eye cream and received lacerations of the eyeballs!  Undaunted by my experiment, I vowed to learn about skincare ingredients. Albeit something in the product was irritating, but the delicate skin around the eyes was noticeably smoother!

For the last six weeks I’ve been playing with ingredients, breaking down the rules of usage to find a road less traveled to younger skin.  In the future I will remember this time of experimentation as  The Summer of the Serum as  I’ve been working with layering serums and using them alone without  any creams. I am convinced the difference is something all skin types should look at.

Why do serums stand alone and above

moisturizers or creme based anti-agers?

Serums contain the undiluted active ingredient suspended in a lightweight vehicle ingredient, making absorption quick and extremely effective.  Serums are the Lamborghini’s of the skin care world.

HOW:  Serums are applied in layers, the decision of which goes where, when and how determined by it’s purpose and ingredients. They are sandwiched after cleansers, scrubs, toners and before creams, moisturizers and sunscreen.

WHAT: Active ingredients may include but not be limited to alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic or lactic acid, retinols, TCA, salicylic acid, resorcinol, bleaching agents, vitamins, anti-oxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and stem cells.

WHEN: Serums can be applied morning or evening.

WHERE: Generally, serums can be applied from the forehead through the decollete. Exceptions would be tretenoin, glycolic acid with a Ph over 8% and trichlorocetic acid.  When in doubt, practice caution around the eyes, throat and decollete.  As my mother used to say concerning accessorizing, “When in doubt, do without.”

WHY: Serums are lightweight products carrying heavyweight ingredients.  These are the products upon which the at home anti-aging protocol is built.

(First published 05/09/11)

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