Do you suffer from puffy eyes? Tired eyes? or lines and wrinkles round the eyes?
Don’t worry you’re not alone it’s one of the most common areas of concern for our clients.
Here’s a few things you can try at home to help.
Puffy eyes – Now you’ve probably heard about putting cucumber slices on your eyes, but does it actually help?
Well it seems there is some evidence that the coolness does help to reduce puffiness and the high water content can help to hydrate the skin which in turns makes the eyes look less tired too.
Why does coolness help? Puffiness can happen with vessel dilation, cool temperatures cause the blood vessels to constrict therefore relieving the puffiness.
Another great tip is lymphatic drainage. What on earth is that I hear you cry?
Lymph is the fluid in the lymphatic system whose job it is to return fluid from the tissues to the central circulation helping to remove bacteria from the blood. Keeping lymph flowing efficiently helps to reduce swelling.
To aid the lymphatic drainage around the eyes a VERY gentle touch is required. Work outwards towards the spot just in front of the ears, this is where your lymph node is that will carry the excess fluid away. Using a very, very gentle pumping motion work your way from the side of the nose towards the ear. Then follow with a gentle sweep across the skin in the same direction.
Tired Eyes – Unfortunately some people do just look tired all the time, this can be an hereditary condition. That’s not to say that it isn’t worth trying to help make them look better.
Now of course the best thing to do is to get the best nights sleep possible.
Making sure you turn all screens off at least an hour before bed, making your bedroom a relaxing place where you want to sleep, a great comfy bed with bedding you love, and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow will all go a long way to aiding a great nights sleep.
But we know this isn’t always possible with young children, stressful lives, hormones and wine, etc.
So how can we look better the moning after a bad night?
Again cool cucumbers and lymph drainage will help with any puffiness. Hydrate the eye area with an eye gel, ( keep it in the fridge) the coolness will help and the hydration will firm and smooth the skin. Next, to make the eyes look brighter a bit of eye pencil in a cream shade along the wet line of the lower lid can help to reduce the look of redness round the eyes.
Lines and Wrinkles- Although our laughter lines around our eyes show we’ve led a good fun life we still don’t love ’em!
The best thing you can do at home to help is use an eye cream, which a shocking number of us don’t!
The skin around the eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face so consequently requires different treatment. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, Retinol, hyaluronic acid and peptides.
Try to avoid very heavy creams as these can sometimes cause puffiness.
When you apply your eye cream gently pat it around the eye socket with the ring finger then circle the eye to massage in, remember to use a light touch. Don’t get too close to the tear duct as this can also cause puffiness.
I hope these tips help you look after your eye area, our eyes are the window to our soul!