The eye-loving lotions that will lend a lift, brighten dark circles and target fine lines...
Skin around the eyes is naturally thinner and more vulnerable to
external aggressors, such as pollution and UV damage, so invest in a
daily fail-safe product to plump, soften and protect. ‘It’s a difficult
area to treat,’ says Sally Penford, education manager at the
International Dermal Institute, ‘as there are a lot of muscles that
we’re using all the time. Wrinkles develop with every blink, smile and
expression but ideally it shows a life well lived.’
eye cream obsession? A tipped applicator, which helps you to massage the
product in rather than using the fingertips. This can further boost the
power of your eye cream, revealing bright and beautiful eyes in a
matter of days.
‘Massage helps de-puff and get circulation
moving,’ says Debbie. Hydration is everything, so combine both when you
apply eye cream. You will also see an instant lift, and over time, a
longer lasting difference, says the brains behind the mini massage, Nathalie Eleni
– international facialist to natural beauties including Livia Firth and
Carey Mulligan. Here are her top three tips for trying eye massage at
1. Apply some eye gel or cream, then place your ring finger
(has the least amount of pressure) just under the tear duct of each
eye. Using medium pressure with a pumping movement, slowly press along
the under-eye area in about 10 gradual moves until you reach your
2. Now massage the temples, which is a lymph node, using
small circular, anti-clockwise movements to help drain toxins and fluids
from the face. Continue this technique along you eye sockets, round
towards your temples again. Slowly repeat three times
place the index finger at the bridge of your nose just under the brow.
Pushup and under the muscle, so that you are lifting it and hold for the
count of ten. Work your way along the whole brow with this technique
and repeat three times.
Within a few days you should notice a differencee with your eye contours becoming more lifted and toned over time.
the perfect eye cream for you and your lifestyle can be a challenge
with so many to choose from on the market. Expert beauty site Powder
measures your skin type and lifestyle against a selection of serums,
creams and gels with a variety of applicators, so you can choose the
best one for you.
Flick through to see our favourite applicator
eye creams as well as the best eye contour products out there and wake
up to wide bright peepers tomorrow!
REN Instant Beauty Shot’s powerful firming formula boosts elasticity and micro circulation to dramatically smooth crows feet, lift contours and lighten the under eye area in one fell swoop. The effects are instant and last for up to five hours (trust us, we tried it), which is perfect if you have a special occasion coming up. Like most things the more you use it, the better your skin will respond and the longer the effects will last. Pat one pump gently around the contour of each eye without pulling on the skin until it’s absorbed.
Apply Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream to the contours of your eyes pressing the applicator outwards and working it around the eye area. This little potion should reveal bright and beautiful peepers in no time! Peptides support the natural collagen researves in the eye helping to revearse damage caused by stress and pollution.
Fight fatigue with this vitamin rich eye cream from This Works. Simply use the applicator to smooth cream around the eye area in a circular movement. This cream contains Persian Silk Tree extract, soothing Aloe Vera and Argan Oil that will hydrate, brighten and tighten the eye area.
Diminish dark circles and puffiness for good! This clever eye cream works to refine the skin’s capillaries and encourage cell renewal. Containing Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid Plus this eye cream also provides your skin with a surge of moisture. We love it! Use the applicator brush to massage the product around the eye area.
If you’re a stickler for instant results – aren’t we all?! This illuminating eye balm has got you covered, as it fuses optical blurring powders with a cosseting thwack of chamomile. The latter soothes and targets the crepey lines that form when your skin is dry, while the ever-so-slightly peachy tint tricks the light to diffuse dark circles. Use the cooling metal tip to dab it over the contour area, then tap the pleasingly plush balm into your skin for brightness in a trice.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream uses botanical ingredients to combat the signs of ageing around the eyes. It lifts the skin around your eyes giving you a more youthful, flawless look.
Healgel Eye is packed with powerful peptides and healing arnica. The dual action hyaluronic acid complex locks in optimum moisture to increase elasticity and firm eye contours. Dab on a pea-sized amount day and night for reduced puffiness and noticeably softer lines.
Whipped up with botanical extracts, Kiehl’s Super Eye Serum is the kind way to treat, smooth and firm tired eyes.
It’s not the first metal tipped cooling, de-puffing eye cream, but it is the first that’s shaped like an iron. Our beauty director Jo says Benefit’s Puff Off Instant Eye Gel is ‘utterly irresistible.’
Rich in plant extracts, which are safe to use on the delicate eye area, the lightweight comforting texture of Clarins Super Restortive Total Eye Concentrate plumps deep wrinkles, illuminates dark circles and eradicates puffiness to give sallow eyelids an instantly lifted look.
Rich in youth-boosting nutrients, peptides and antioxidants Oskia Eye Wonder helpd to visibly brighten dark circles, smooth lines and increase radiance.
ESPA Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum uses concentrated boosts of Algae and Fern Tree to lift, firm and stimulate fresh cell renewal, instantly brightens, de-puff and nourishes dry skin.
Hefty price tag we know, but the powerful actives in Chantecaille Nano Gold Eye Serum really do seem to reduce dark circles, iron out fine lines and drain any ageing puffiness.