The skin around the eyes is extremely fragile and delicate. We all prefer to start our day looking fresh-faced, rather than sporting bags or dark circles under our eyes, looking as if we'd spent a night on the tiles. Apart from natural, age-related changes to our skin, we also need to throw in environmental factors, lifestyle and even genetics. Fatigue, smoking, booze, exposure to the sun, unhealthy diet, hormonal changes, stress, dehydration, over-heated bedrooms, crying... The eye contour zone shows no mercy! Tiredness, stress, our age and our moods are all there for the world to see. Which is why we want to show them the door and get rid of dark circles and bags under the eyes.
KISS GOODBYE TO: PUFFY EYES
What causes puffy eyes?
Woken up with bleary eyes and puffy eyelids? How to get rid of these bags under the eyes? By lying down to sleep, our eyes tend to swell due to reduced circulation around their contour. Most of the time, any bag under the eyes disappears as soon as we leap out of bed. However, if you tend to suffer from water retention, your eyelids may not be so quick off the mark.
How to avoid puffy eyes
As a preventative measure, try to avoid salty food, booze (especially white wine) and smoking. Before going to bed, gently cleanse your face and lightly dab on an eye cream that contains decongesting active ingredients. Make sure your bedroom is well-aired and sleep with your head slightly raised.
How to get rid of puffy eyes
Massages remedy puffy eyes. Start with the inner corner of your eyes and work outwards, finishing off with your brow bones. Use a gentle tapping movement to stimulate your circulation. You can also try a bit of spoon therapy: cool two teaspoons in the fridge for ten minutes and then place them over your eyes. The cold will immediately cause your skin to contract, effectively getting rid of puffy eyes.
KISS GOODBYE TO: THE BAGS UNDER YOUR EYES
Why do we get bags under our eyes?
Bags under the eyes are usually caused by a build-up of fluids such water or grease. With age, our skin and its fibres tend to sag. The blood and lymphatic vessels that circulate around our eye contour become less efficient, making the system go haywire. And the result is water retention. Add to that lack of sleep, fatigue or stress and your eye contour will find itself in a right royal mess!
How to avoid bags under eyes
Make sure you hydrate this particularly sensitive part of the face, as it tends to quickly dry out. Opt for a refreshing, gel-based eye cream formula that's not too oily, otherwise it will seep into the inner corner of your eye. An appropriate treatment will fill out any dehydration lines around the eye contour, improve your skin's elasticity and keep the bags at bay. Looking for an all-in-one eye treatment? Discover our multi-actions eye cream, Age Perfect Cell Renewal Eye Cream. Apply it daily and lightly tap it in.
How to get rid of bags under eyes
Flush your bags down the drain! Applying your eye cream with a metal applicator - its refreshing, decongesting effect will do your eye contour the world of good. You can also use an anti-wrinkle eye cream. It won't deal with the swelling, but it'll plump up any wrinkles for a fresher look.
KISS GOODBYE TO: BLOODSHOT EYES
What causes bloodshot eyes?
Bloodshot eyes are often caused by a mild irritation, dryness or fatigue. They usually sort themselves out during the course of the day. Sometimes they may be caused by an allergy or medical condition such as ophthalmitis, conjunctivitis or glaucoma, in which case you should pop in to see your GP.
How to help bloodshot eyes
You can help eyes that are sore from the sun, fatigue or a mild irritation by giving them a good rest. Dig out your sunglasses and don't stare at your PC/tablet/mobile for too long. You could also invest in blue light-blocking glasses, which are designed to reduce visual fatigue caused by LED screens. If your eyes have become irritated by soap or pollen, the best treatment for those bloodshot eyes is a good rinse or apply drops, which will remove any grime and soothe irritation.
How to get rid of bloodshot eyes
To disguise bloodshot eyes, use drops designed for irritated, tired eyes, as they will also get rid of any itchiness. They often contain cornflower, elderberry or chamomile - all of which soothe puffy, bloodshot eyes. Last, but not least? Sunglasses! A sure-fire way to hide tired and bloodshot eyes.