Hooray for oversized summer sunglasses, which hide evidence of aging around the eyes.
However, considering the majority of the population averages only six-and-a-half hours of beauty sleep per night, we could all use some help looking more rested permanently – and without having to take cover. Here’s how to fake an awake look when you’re high on stress and low on rest, plus a handful of hints for treating persistent undereye concerns at the doctor’s office.
Puffy under eyes are often caused by water retention or stress, which can also cause tissues to swell and fluid to pool. Try stopping meals past 6pm and turn to a more raw diet with increased water intake to cleanse the lymph build up.
Paper-thin skin under the eyes makes darkness more noticeable, worsened by broken capillaries and blood vessels, lack of sleep, a cold, allergies or sun damage. Placing a couple of cold potato slices over both eyes will relieve dark shadows almost instantly because of the natural bleaching agents contained in them. Additionally, your nighttime eye cream should contain ingredients like retinol, vitamin K and vitamin C. Try under-eye brightening power product Marini Luminate Eye Gel.
Forgo heavy concealer, which can draw attention to problem eyes, and choose a yellow-based shade that's slightly lighter than your skin. Apply a sheer, shimmering white eye shadow to the inner corners of the eye at the tear ducts and hollows of the nose, and use a white eyeliner pencil to rim inside the waterline (where exposed tissue tends to look red). With a bit of blending, you’ll be amazed at the results.
Genetics, sudden weight loss or a loss of soft tissue or around the eyes all contribute to a hollowed look. Look for eye creams with retinol Rhonda Allison synergy A, an ingredient that will help fragile skin become stronger. Humectants like topical hyaluronic acid can also lend a plumping effect under the eyes. Applying cold cucumber slices and products with vitamin C can also help to reduce the dark circles that often accompany eye hollowing.
Hyaluronic acid, injected deep into the skin, can fill in deficient, hollow-looking areas under the eyes. The next step may be Blepharoplasty to remove loose skin that makes hollowing look more pronounced. Fat can be repositioned or even added to the area to smooth out the sunken skin.
A gentle exfoliator will help skin turnover faster (try retinol rather than granule scrubs), and sunscreen will help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastic. Intensive topical hydrators, like hyaluronic acid spheres, can help temporarily soften, plump and smooth thin skin around the eyes. Last but certainly not least, make like the Olsen twins and never leave the house without a pair of large sunglasses to block the sun’s rays and prevent against repeated squinting.