Information & Advice
From the time-cheating make-up tricks to the new anti-ageing eye treats, help turn back time with these essential eye secrets.
Published 1st September 2008
Rubbing, from absent-minded eye make-up removal to vigorous eye cream application, is a no-no. “It can weaken the underlying structure and potentially damage the area,” says skin guru Sarah Chapman. Instead, gently pat on a rice grain-sized amount of your eye cream using your index finger and look for a super-efficient eye make-up remover that does all the hard work for you. Try Origins Well Off Eye Make Up Remover.
Youthful eyes aren’t just bright and unlined, they’re smooth and bag-free too. Make like the pros and start honing your under-eye massage skills. “Light massage can help as often puffiness and dark circles can be pooling of fluid and blood,” says Sarah, who advises using light circular movements and a light pumping action from the inner to outer eye corners to help drain the area. “Try to imagine moving all waste to the outer part of the face,” she says. Alternatively, try one of the genius roller-ball products like Lumene Vitamin C+ Invigorating Eye Serum and Garnier Nutritionist Caffeine Eye Roll On, which glide along whilst dispensing their eye-friendly formulas, making massage super-easy.
To de-age your eyes, keep your eye make-up simple. “Use shades that look natural and pretty and don’t stand out too much,” advises Urban Retreat make-up pro Daniel Sandler. “Frosty eye shadows are a big no-no; they highlight sagginess and over-hanging lids.” Not quite ready to retire from colour just yet? Just make sure you avoid shades that match your eye colour exactly, says Daniel. “Instead, apply a contrasting shade that won’t compete with your eye colour and will look more flattering,” he says. Then keep eyes youthfully defined eyes using Urban Retreat Top and Bottom Mascara.
Your anti-aging eye allies? Sun protection and moisturiser. “The eye area ages fast and as it doesn’t contain as many oil glands it can look dehydrated and lined,” warns Sarah. To prevent sun damage, look for a day-use eye cream with SPF, like Clinique Advanced Stop Signs Preventive Cream SPF15, and choose a nourishing formula to up hydration and banish dehydration lines. For instant and long-term brightening effects, try new Olay Definity Eye Illuminator – the pearly serum boosts brightness while a combination of peptides and Olay’s essential glucosamine complex work long-term to even skin tone and reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles.
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