Delete dark circles and puffiness with our guide to bright and beautiful eyes...
Puffy eyes, ringed with dark circles is the quickest way to add 5 years. So it seems unfair that most of us, through not fault of our own regularly wake up with them. Commonly associated with a late night, puffy eyes symbolise excessive tiredness and fatigue, but they can also be caused by allergies, stress, dehydration and natural ageing.
As we age the membrane or ‘septum’ that normally holds fat in place in the upper and lower lid starts to thin and the fatty tissue falls forward, causing a bulge or ‘bags’ as we all know them.
So, how to get rid of puffy eyes?
Well for starters you could pop two thin slices of cucumber over your eyes but this can take time and the results rarely last. Or you could invest in one our favourite de-puffing products which will slip effortlessly into your daily routine.
New studies have revealed a surprise ingredient that de-puffs eyes: barley. Celebrity dermatologist Dr Ronald Moy claims that derivatives from the grain are something of a wonder-cure for banishing that tired under-eye look. “They stimulate the stem cells in the thin under-eye skin to grow thicker collagen, which then leads to tighter skin,” he explained. In fact, it’s more sustainable long-term than the similarly tightening effect of Botox.
To get the most out of your de-puffing products consider a quick daily under-eye massage. ‘Massage helps de-puff and get circulation moving,’ says says Sally Penford, education manager at the International Dermal Institute.
Hydration is everything, so combine both when you apply eye products. You will notice 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 how to get rid of puffy eyes at home:
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 temples
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
3. Finally, 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
Or click on the arrow to revive puffy eyes with these bright beauty buys…
There?s a reason this fantastic Clarins buy is one of the top selling eye care products from the beauty brand.
Designed specifically to target and rejuvenate the delicate skin surrounding the eyes, Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate, uses organic harungana extract in a highly effective formula to combat the loss of density around the eyes as we get older and replenish the skin to help keep puffy eyes at bay.
Clarins say: ?With age the blood circulation slows down and the lymphatic circulation becomes especially sluggish at night, which means that puffiness is more pronounced even after you?ve been awake for a while and dark circles are more visible. To deliver a complete solution, this anti-ageing care is enriched with active ingredients that fight undereye puffiness and dark circles.?
The latest launch from beauty brand Kiehl’s, the natural skin care lovers have partnered with the Staying Alive Foundation and Leona Lewis to create a limited edition of their bestselling Avocado Creamy Eye’ pot. The unique, concentrated texture of the cream is enriched with everyone’s favourite Avocado to gently moisturise the delicate eye area. As well as being fantastic for brightening the eyes, £10 of every sale goes directly to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation which aims to reduce HIV/AIDS in young people across the globe.
Containing barley-derived EGFs, Lancome Absolue Yeux Precious Cells Eye Cream works wonders for a taut eye area, with users claiming to see an immediate difference in just one use.
Alternatively, increase the barley intake in your diet to tackle eye bags from the inside out. Soak uncooked barley grains before cooking them to maximise their nutritious potential. Try our delicious pearl barley and mushroom risotto for a delicious way to de-puff.
It's not the first metal tipped colling, 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 irresistable.'
Heal Gel Eye Cream
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.
The eye contour area is 3-5 times finer than the rest of the face, meaning that it is usually the first to show visible signs of ageing. To preserve radiant, youthful-looking eyes, smooth fine lines, minimise signs of fatigue and brighten the eye area, try Clarins Multi-Active Eye.
If you truly want to know how to get rid of puffy eyes, the star of the show is Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer, £20. Brand new and completely innovative, this handy purse-sized stick has all the benefits of a regular primer, smoothing fine lines and pores to create an immaculate base for make-up, but it's secret weapon is its added ability to de-puff. Created with a cocktail of water-based cooling ingredients, its refreshingly cool to the touch. A single swipe of this transparent formula soothes swollen skin leaving it silky and even-toned and there's no sticky or wet residue left behind. Perfect for a warm day when your complexion needs cooling down. Try it and you might even be tempted to skip make-up altogether, a liberating thought given the current hot weather..
Silky serum formula of This Works No Wrinkles Tired Eyes, glides over the delicate under eye area to soothe puffiness and minimise wrinkles.
Gently apply one pump to the contour of your eye morning and night