It’s official, my hunker down for winter habits have caught up me; too many late nights, long hours squinting in front of the laptop, the ‘a little too often and less than thorough' cleansing topped off with regular drenchings of too much caffeine equals eyes that look as tired as they feel!The lighter brighter days of spring are glaringly unforgiving, highlighting every hint of puffiness, creasing and darkening but with a little care attention, we can regain that bright eyed, wide awake feeling in time for summer.
Spring makes it far easier to cram in a greater quantity and variety of fruit and vegetables so take advantage of the natural shifts and plan to include those packed with skin friendly Vitamins A and C. Snack on seeds and nuts to get a daily dose of the all important Vitamin E. Excessive alcohol intake damages the skins ability to repair as well as causing dehydration so, as with all great pleasures in life, enjoy everything in moderation.
8 hours a night is a good general target for most of us but it’s getting sleep at the right time and achieving a good quality of sleep which is actually more beneficial. The old adage of ‘an hour before midnight is worth two after’ may not be strictly true but there is is some scientific basis to such granny wisdom. Sleep at the right time allows the body to repair and regenerate unhindered which also means kicking the midnight snacks, late night coffee of extra glass of wine after dinner! Aim for four earlier than usual nights out of seven to see an improvement in sleep deprived eyes.
Dehydration is a major cause of fine lines, creases and dark circles and whilst most of us get enough fluids naturally from our diet, our skin care products are not always delivering that much needed dose of hydration. Overuse or incorrect application of cleansing products can also have a detrimental impact, leading to tightness and irritation, in turn creating that itch scratch cycle that can damage delicate eye tissue. So, the shift from spring into summer is the perfect time to take a closer look at your eye products to see what’s working and what needs attention. Here are our top product picks for perkier eyes this year:
Dermalogica Pre-cleanse - apply a little Pre-Cleanse to a tepid damp cloth and apply gently to remove eye make-up prior to cleansing.
Dermalogica Soothing Eye make-up remover - an oil free and alcohol free formula to help gently but effectively remove all traces of your eye make-up. Silk Amino Acids help strengthen and condition lashes whilst you cleanse.
Decleor Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-Up Remover Gel All Mascaras - super gentle gel formula which shifts even waterproof mascara without irritating the eyes or surrounding tissues. Suitable for contact lens wearers too.
Decleor Hydra Floral Anti Pollution Moisturising Gel-Cream For Eyes - super light, ultra hydrating formulation which smoothes, soothes and reduces dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. Pollution fighting botanicals make it the perfect morning antidote.
Dermalogica Total Eye Care - super nourishing treatment which repairs and protects the delicate eye are. Packed with ingredients proven to reduce fine lines, puffiness and dark circles whilst improving texture and tone. Added SPF15 guards against further UV damage.
Crystal Clear Eye Pen - the unique formula of specially specially developed active ingredients coupled with the massage action of the pen will create an instant lifting and tightening effect making it perfect for a quick boost, as well as delivering the all important longer lasting effects.
What are your top tips, tricks and hints for keeping eyes looking bright and breezy this spring?