You’ve been staring at the computer screen all day, binge-watching K-dramas at night and looking at your mobile device to and from work – is it any wonder the skin around your eyes is looking dull and tired? Initial research has shown that blue light emitted from computer screens and mobile devices can cause hyperpigmentation, loosening of skin, wrinkles and photo-ageing. Add to that the daily stress on the skin from cleansing your mascara and eyeliner and removing false eyelashes and lack of sleep.
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and is one of the first places to show signs of ageing in the form of lines, pigmentation and dark circles. Which is why it’s best to tackle the issue with a multi-pronged approach. Aside from using an eye cream, regular rejuvenating treatments and devices and a great concealer can also help your eyes look brighter, younger and less tired.
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Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask, $65
This lightweight eye mask can be used for a few minutes to flood dry skin around the eyes with moisture or overnight as an intensive hydrating treatment. It stays put while you sleep so quinoa and leaf of life extracts can work together to hydrate skin and smooth fine lines emphasised due to dehydration. Simultaneously, Horse chestnut escin helps to reduce the look of dark circles and Irish moss extract comforts and soothes. The result? Brighter-looking eyes that looks hydrated and well-rested. Plus, your concealer with glide on better and since skin is plumped, will not settle into lines.
AgeLOC LumiSpa Accent
A relaxing eye massage before bed and in the morning before work? Yes, please! Featuring a soft silicone tip, the AgeLOC LumiSpa Accent is an attachment that works with the AgeLOC LumiSpa device to gently massage your eyes. The oscillating silicone tip also works to help deliver essential ingredients like peptides, vitamin C, squalane and plankton extract among others in the LumiSpa IdealEyes eye cream into the skin by promoting absorption. The entire process is incredibly gentle and relaxing and only takes a couple of minutes: there is a 30-second self-timer that lets you know when it’s time to move from under eyes to under the brow bone, and to the next eye. With continuous use you can expect brighter, refreshed skin around the eyes.
Browhaus Plasma Eye Lift, $600 per session
Every now and then, it’s essential to bring out the big (non-invasive) guns. This treatment uses precise, controlled pulses of energy to improve blood circulation, boost regeneration of skin cells and increase the skin’s defence against harmful bacteria. Though the needle used can look scary, the entire session is completely painless (I fell asleep during the treatment), and has no downtime. There is no scabbing or flaking and you can apply makeup after six hours. The skin around the eye looks immediately brighter, and in the following days more rejuvenated, tighter and more lifted.
Dr Dennis Gross DRx Spectra Lite EyeCare Pro, $292
Get the benefits of LED professional light therapy on the comfort of your couch. This cool super-hero-looking mask features 72 LEDs – a mix of red and amber lights – that penetrate deep within the skin. All it takes is three minutes a day to help boost collagen production. This in turn helps skin around your eyes look rejuvenated, firmer, more even toned, and delays the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. But like all light therapy treatments, it can be a while before you see results, so consistency is key.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $42
Don’t underestimate the power of a good concealer to help make eyes look rested and wide awake. This cult-favourite concealer is enriched with mango seed and shea butter to condition skin and licorice root extract to brighten. It blends easily, gives a natural matte finish and stands up to the humidity on the island. Available in 30 shades in five undertones, all you need it a tiny bit to help hide those dark circles and sins from the night before.