Your eyes give away how you're really feeling, without hiding anything! Whether you're feeling tired, run down or your skin is starting to show signs of ageing, dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and bags can hurt your confidence and make you feel like you look even worse than you feel. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, thin and fragile. Lack of sleep and hydration can lead to weakened tissue, fluid retention and inflammation, while over exposure to the sun can cause further damage. To reduce the appearance of tired eyes, aim to boost circulation, hydration and firmness around the eye area. Smoothing and brightening the skin around the eyes can make you look refreshed, well-rested and younger!
What causes dark circles?
When you're feeling weary, the first place to show it is the skin around your eyes. It's the zone on your face that mirrors how you're really feeling! The area is so thin and delicate, it's extremely susceptible to damage from poor health, sun exposure and premature ageing. As we get older, the skin weakens and loses its suppleness and elasticity.1 Fluid levels can change depending on whether you've had enough sleep as well as the position you sleep in, leading to dryness if you're sleep deprived and puffiness if you sleep on your stomach.1
Which ingredients are beneficial for tired eyes?
For the delicate skin around the eye area, regenerating skin cells and tissue is essential. Fine lines can be smoothed and plumped out with rich, fatty oils such as Rosehip and Argan Oils. Caffeine is also extremely effective in reducing puffiness. Applied topically, the caffeine found in Coffee Beans and Green Tea has amazing natural anti-inflammatory properties, helping to minimise the appearance of dark circles and bags. Soothing botanicals like Chamomile and Evening Primrose calm and nourish puffy, irritated tissue. I am also a huge fan of natural Hyaluronic Acid
Which natural eye creams do I recommend?
100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
The 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is our mostly highly rated eye cream! It is rich in caffeine and the anti-inflammatory properties of Organic Green Coffee Beans, Green Tea and Rosehip Oil. This delicious-smelling cream may help to improve the appearance of puffy eyes, wrinkles and dark circles by providing nourishing hydration from Aloe Vera and Rose Water which can also boost circulation, smooth fine lines, brighten the eye area and promote a youthful glow. With hundreds of five star reviews and amazing clinical results, this vegan formula is a beloved favourite. Apply a small amount morning and night around the eye area and gently pat until absorbed.
Dr Alkaitis Organic Eye Cream
Handmade in California from raw and plant-based ingredients, the Dr Alkaitis Organic Eye Cream is a luxuriously lightweight lotion which helps to deeply nourish and smooth the eye area. This rich, oxygenated eye cream delivers moisture to dry and dehydrated skin thanks to the soothing properties of Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Green Tea and Rosehip Oil, while Vitamins A, C and E can brighten and plump the eyes. Pat a tiny amount under the eyes and on top of eyelids daily to help ease puffiness and minimise signs of ageing.
Acure Tightening Eye Contour
The Acure Tightening Eye Contour is a lightweight, cooling, eye-treatment gel designed to rejuvenate, hydrate and tighten the eye area. Vitamin and mineral-rich Seaweed Extract protects, maintains and balances hydration, relieves irritation and accelerates the skin's natural reparative process. Hibiscus Extract is rich in antioxidant flavonoids and helps to restore skin elasticity, while Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Grape Seed Oil may help penetrate and rejuvenate the skin while increasing collagen and elastin. Licorice Root, Cucumber and Arnica help soothe and refresh the skin, and may also have anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits. Dab a small amount above and below the eye and gently massage in.
Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream
This extremly gently eye cream by Pai is an ultra-hydrating cream that has been specially formulated for those prone to rosacea, dry skin and mild forms of dermatitis, especially around the delicate eye area. This cream may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines using a base of Argan Oil, Echium extract, Apricot Kernel Oil, Thistle Oil and nourishing Shea Butter. Gently dab under the eye using your ring finger until fully absorbed, twice daily.
Madara Time Miracle Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream
With Madara's proprietary Cell Repair Bio-Complex and Northern Birch juice, the Madara Time Miracle Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream is a gentle and hydrating cream that helps tighten and rebuild the delicate skin surrounding the eye and reduces signs of fatigue, fine lines and crow's feet.
La Mav Anti Dark-Circle Eye Gel
Rich and rejuvenating, the La Mav Anti Dark-Circle Eye Gel is a Certified Organic, vegan formula that is suitable for all skin types and helps to brighten and lighten dark spots and pigmentation. Bio-Active ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Licorice, Rose Water and Chlorella Extract may help to lighten and de-puff the eye area, refreshing tired eyes and promoting a healthy glow. Rich in Vitamin C, this Australian made eye gel can be applied in a thin layer around the contours of the eyes to brighten enliven the complexion.
Source: 1The Sydney Morning Herald.