How To Improve Your Eye Contour
By Michela Marra
Dear Pretty Birds,
One of our readers, Alexis, wrote to us asking for advice on how to say goodbye to under eye bags, puffiness and dark circles. Hence, we’ve decided to give you some useful suggestions.
Under eye circles are caused by allergies, thinning of the skin which emphasizes the appearance of blood vessels and by water retention or dehydration which enlarge blood vessels. Anemia and low blood iron can also cause dark circles, as well as an unbalanced diet. Thus, we urge you to make the right food choices.
STEP ONE: DIET (AND SLEEP)
Choose foods that are rich in antioxidants (all red fruits and legumes, for example); pack in the vitamin C which helps absorb iron and strengthens capillaries. Which foods are high in vitamin C? Opt for oranges, carrots, lemons, lettuce and tomatoes. If you love coffee and tea, remember that these beverages reduce the amount of iron your body absorbs. We all know that if we don’t get enough sleep and if we are often stressed out, it is practically impossible to reduce the appearance of under eye circles. It is therefore essential that we learn how to relax!
STEP TWO: CREAMS, SERUMS AND OTHER SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
These items are needed to eliminate signs of ageing and to hydrate the skin that is particularly thin in this zone compared to the rest of the face. For instance, some boosters can provide a surge of energy which can erase traces of fatigue following a difficult night or a long, tiring day. Here is a list of products we consider most effective.
Bakel Nutrieyes contrasts dryness and strengthens eyelid tone. Rose x Centifolia exerts an antioxidant action which is also ideal for sensitive skin, while arginine lysine polypeptide improves tone and firmness.
Bakel Thio-C Fluido Rivitalizzante Effetto Luce is a revitalizing, illuminating, anti-age serum. Glutathione and vitamin C work together to reduce wrinkles and firm skin, replenishing freshness and vitality. Furthermore, its exclusive formula eliminates dull skin, uneven skin tone caused by exposure to sun and/or environmental pollutants.
GoodSkin Labs Circleplex-2 Dark Circle is a 24-hour day/night repair system made to function in accordance with the skin’s natural rhythm. The coloured, corrective day cream has a light, hydrating hybrid formula that provides coverage and treatment; the enhanced night cream provides intensive hydration thanks to its rich, soft formula.
Hydration Passion gel anti borse by Diego Dalla Palma has a special roll-on metal ball applicator that allows for targeted action agains under eye bags and circles.
LIFTIANE Yeux + Lèvres di SVR by SVR provides immediate, effective lift thanks to its combination of two ground breaking active ingredients: pure Resveratrol and Hyaluronic acid.
Balsamo Liftante Occhi by Caudalie combines grapevine derived Resveratrol and a micro Hyaluronic acid complex to increase the natural production of Hyaluronic acid in skin cells. The result is a smooth, defined eye contour, and relaxed eyelids which reduce the appearance of bags.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream has both an innovative texture and an original active ingredient which contrast all five types of wrinkles affecting the eye contour.
Masque Contour des Yeux Lissant Express rejuvenates your gaze in an instant thanks to the unique action of active vegetables (Ginkgo biloba, Arnica, Aesculus hippocastanum, Tilia), vitamins (Provitamin B and vitamin E acetate) and trace elements (Malachite and Chlorella).
Toleriane Ultra Contorno Occhi by La Roche Posay is an ultra-smoothing, daily treatment that combines Neurosensine, a potent, active smoothing agent that has an effect on the skin’s reactive capacity, and La Roche-Posay thermal water which is naturally softening and smoothing.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Balsamo occhi fights bags and dark circles by hydrating the entire eye contour area.
STEP THREE: MAKEUP CAN HELP
The right product is called concealer and should be applied to the eye area, on the side of the nose and on top of blemishes, over your foundation (if you don’t have major imperfections, you can also apply it over a bb cream). Here are our favourite products.
Wet n Wild Cover All Concealer Palette is a useful face palette. The pink shade clarifies, the green neutralizes and reduces redness, the ice colour emphasizes natural luminosity and the nude covers and lightens dark spots.
Diego Dalla Palma Correttor Zero Occhiaie Imperfezioni offers high coverage and is long-lasting. It adheres perfectly to skin creating a homogeneous, elastic film that acts as a fine protective barrier to give the delicate eye contour area a luminous, natural, smooth aspect, seemingly free of imperfections. Furthermore, it contains active anti-bag and anti-circle ingredients to counter signs of fatigue.
Diorskin Star Concealer works in various light dimensions thanks to its “Light Pulsion ComplexTM” technology. From the very first application, silica concave spheres capture and defuse light so that it corrects and eliminates excess shine. Colour pigments simultaneously neutralize chromatic imbalances.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Concealer has impeccable hold; it is always uniform, adheres perfectly and has a luminous finish.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser is an eye concealer that reduces the blue tone of circles and hydrates eyelids to improve luminosity and your gaze in general.
L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique erases shadows, signs of fatigue, under eye circles and small spots.
Photoready Insta Fix by Revlon retouches and protects skin with an SPF 20.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is an ultra fluid, hydrating emulsion that instantly reveals the skin’s natural luminosity. It is a true multitasking product: it enhances facial features, and erases shadows and signs of fatigue.
How about you? What do you do to counter under eye circles? Leave a comment and let us know.