Of course a solid 8 hour nights sleep is a key ingredient to a well-rested, fresh faced look, but let’s be honest with ourselves – a good nights sleep can sometimes seem unobtainable. How are we supposed to deal when the bags under our eyes aren’t Gucci?
Unfortunately for us, the skin under and around our eyes is a lot thinner than the rest of our body, so it is easy to appear tired and run down if it’s not taken care of properly. What is the solution to this problem? Look no further – I am here to help.
Before Bed Beauty Secrets
Avoiding sodium and alcohol before bed can do wonders for your skin. These substances cause you to retain fluids which can make you look and feel bloated.
Put your travel pillow to use at home. Use your travel pillow on top of your regular one and prop yourself up at a 45 degree angle. This will keep fluids flowing downwards making dark circles less noticeable.
If eye drops are your thing, try to use one that is preservative-free. This will help alleviate redness while you sleep.
Start the Day Off Right
Don’t skip your eye cream. Skipping this step is beauty suicide – okay so that might be a bit dramatic, but seriously – don’t. One thing to know about eye creams is that they are not all created equal and they can be used for different reasons. I’ve included some of my favorite below:
For wrinkles: IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream, $38. The Hyaluronic acid in this eye cream not only adds that extra hydration boost, but it actually stimulates your own skin’s ability to retain moisture and plumpness as well.
For dullness: Estee Lauder Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelle, $55. The cell-energizing ingredients such as lavender extract, help boost your skin’s repair mechanisms to refresh the entire eye area.
For dark circles: Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Creme, $95. When looking to mask dark circles, look for key word: Illuminating. Ingredients like mica or diamond dust help mask the shadows that dark circles can cause.
Creams not working?
If your skin routine isn’t delivering your desired results, look to the pros. There is nothing wrong with going to a profession to help you look and feel your best. Here’s what to ask for if you’re seeing…
Crows Feet: Botox or Dysport injections. The neurotoxins in both of these temporarily relax the muscles around the eye which helps soften the lines you’re seeing. Both last about 4 months and cost around $450/treatment.
Dull or Saggy Skin: PicoSure laser. Lasers are fantastic and this specific one jump-starts your collagen production to firm and plump in areas that are usually thin and dull. Results are usually seen after three 10-minute treatments; about $300/treatment.
Hollowness: Restylane injections. This filler acts as a supplement when you start to notice the natural loss of collagen (starting as early as your mid 20’s.) One treatment can last about a year. This costs about $500/treatment.
Cover it Up
Of course creams and fillers are a great way to treat our under eye issues, but here are a few of my makeup must-haves that can also help you look more awake and ready to take on the day!
Concealer: A peach-colored corrector will help neutralize blue tones that are found in dark circles and a hydrating concealer will help to lock in moisture and keep your under-eye looking plump.
Highlighter: Use your highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes making them appear bigger and more awake. You can also use a white eye liner to negate redness.
Mascara: Use your lash curler and only apply mascara to the top lashes. Anything dark on the bottom ones can create shadows and emphasize those dark circles.
The road to eye recovery is here and I hope that this helps those of you that are like me and always seem to be covering up dark circles on the go! Never let being busy compromise your health and beauty! XO