As a pale skinned sufferer of insomnia, tired looking eyes are pretty much a recurring problem for me, and have been on and off over the years. There are several ways I have learned that work for me in combatting the appearance of them, but the main thing is a decent eye cream. I am an eye cream addict and have ones for puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and everything in between. However, it’s hard to find a decent hard working eye cream that ticks all the boxes.
There are many ‘at home’ ways to make sure your eyes are in tip top condition, such as drinking lots of water, getting a restful night’s sleep and removing eye makeup as soon as possible. But, these things will only go so far in ensuring your peepers look their best, so we all still need a little boost. Also, it’s worth remembering that when it comes to your eyes, it’s never too early to start with the anti-aging creams. I have been using them since I was around 20 years old, and now at 31, I have no crow’s feet and very minimal under eye creases.
Why do eyes show aging faster? Well, the skin tissue under your eyes is just that, like tissue paper – thin and fragile. The thinness of the skin makes the eye area susceptible to under eye fine lines and wrinkles, especially as we are very expressive with our eyes.
If dark under eyes are your problem (I feel you!) then learning the concealer tricks to hide them will be a life saver. For light-medium skin tones, use a peachy coral colored concealer, and for darker skin tones, use a coral-red, over the dark areas and gently pat this in. You’ll then need to use your usual foundation, then finish off with a concealer a few shades lighter than your foundation. Apply this in an upside down triangle shape. The colored concealer will help to hide the dark circles, as red/orange are opposite blue/purple on the color wheel. The lighter concealer will then reflect light making the area appear brighter and more awake.
EYEVAGE BY SOLVADERM
Eyevage has set the blogging, and skincare, world alight with amazing reviews and advanced technology. The multi-action formulation works to target most under eye concerns and not just one like most other eye creams on the market. It’s an anti-aging skin rejuvenation product that helps to protect the under eyes and improve the appearance of several major complaints that we all have, such as puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and dry under eyes.
The anti-aging treatment contains a blend of ingredients that reduce the appearance of aged under-eye skin, reduce hyper-pigmentation, and keeps the skin well-hydrated. The inclusion of hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil help to give – and lock in – moisture while also helping to give a smooth base to work with. The formula also contains antioxidants to help protect the skin against free radicals, plus the covered bottle and pump action dispenser make sure all the active ingredients are kept air tight and therefore more effective.
So, how does the formula tackle annoying dark circles? It contains Phytonadione which speeds up healing and repair. This is also used in treatments to fade bruising, so it works wonders on the purple tones of under eye circles.
In terms of application it’s pretty much the same as other eye creams – apply morning and evening to clean skin. Some people have reported a slight instant tightening of the area making the skin immediately look fresher and brighter. This isn’t just a one off product either.Solvaderm are well known for their advanced and effective skincare, especially so in the US, but it’s also now available in the UK.
Sometimes I like to pop on a sad film just so I can have a good cry (we’ve all done it, right?). Well I regret it immediately as I am then left with puffy swollen eyes from all my emotions. To counteract this, I usually apply gel eye patches that I keep in the fridge or freezer to my eyes for 20 minutes. It’s a great way to reduce the puffy appearance of eyes, and means I can still keep watching my sad films.
What are your top tips for keeping your under eyes in tip top condition?
Disclaimer – I do not recommend forcing yourself to watch sad films :)