6 top tips for (finally!) treating under-eye circles

6 top tips for (finally!) treating under-eye circles

These are the secrets to looking well rested, youthful and energised.

These are the secrets to looking well rested, youthful and energised.

When it comes to treating under-eye bags, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Let’s start with the bad: dark circles are increasingly likely to appear as we get older, so the closer you are to 50 – and beyond – the more likely you are to experience them.

But there is good news: even if they can’t be banished entirely, their appearance can be diminished with some easy lifestyle tweaks and clever use of products that will leave you looking younger and healthier in no time. Here are the best ways to look full of life…

1. Look at your diet

Collagen, a naturally occurring protein that’s responsible for keeping skin supple and strong, is essential for combating under-eye bags. Collagen production slows down over the years (although it never stops entirely) so making changes to your lifestyle and diet will help limit collagen degradation.

Don’t smoke, get more exercise (which will also help combat puffiness), and get plenty of antioxidants from foods such as green tea. Include other collagen-boosting ingredients in your diet, including omega-3 fatty acids (which help build stronger cells), found in salmon and mackerel, and sulphur, good sources of which include cabbage, garlic and beans.

Anything high in vitamin A, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, helps prevent damage from free radicals, while eating a daily dose of vitamin C – found in oranges, spinach, kiwi and broccoli – supports the renewal process and reduces oxidative damage. Avoid sugar as it is a huge culprit when it comes to premature ageing.

2. Become acquainted with hyaluronic acid

While collagen is the protein that keeps skin firm and resilient, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that keeps skin hydrated and looking plump. The two are best friends and work together, and the decline of one leads to the decline of the other.

Use an eye cream that contains the rehydrating wonder that is sodium hyaluronate, as its molecules are small enough to penetrate the epidermis. Try Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream, which provides seven age-defying benefits in one essential product for visibly radiant eyes.

3. Drink smart

Dehydration is one of the principal causes of skin thinning under the eyes, and rehydrating your delicate skin must come from the inside as well as the outside.

But while drinking more water will help restore the vitality and plumpness of your skin, bear in mind that drinking too much coffee or alcohol will destroy all that good work, as these dehydrate the body, resulting in thinner skin. Watch your salt intake too, as this not only dehydrates, but also adds to puffiness around your eyes.

4. Try a massage

Until you can afford a private facialist, try incorporating a few simple facial massage techniques into your daily skin care routine.

When you apply your moisturiser or serum, do so using upward strokes, pushing up and out towards the ears. This will promote blood circulation, stimulate collagen production, help eliminate toxins and strengthen the face muscles.

5. Use protection

Stopping the sun’s harmful rays really is the key to preserving youthful skin, as sun exposure is one of the principle dark-circle causes. According to research carried out by skin expert Olay, women who almost always use sunscreen are 78% more likely to be an ‘exceptional skin ager’ compared to those who almost never do.

Applying a hypoallergenic, broad-spectrum SPF on the delicate skin around the eyes will help decrease dark circles and create a protective barrier. Put some next to your toothpaste and make applying it as important as brushing your teeth. Also, invest in good-quality sunglasses that preserve your eyes from 100 per cent of UVA and UVB light exposure.

6. Be gentle

The skin around your eyes is more fragile than you might think. Rubbing and poking your eyes, particularly when stressed, can spread germs and speed up the ageing process, as it can cause microscopic tears that contribute to skin darkening.

Try to leave your eyes alone, and when it comes to eye cream, don’t put it on your eyelids or under the bottom lashes. Instead, you should be applying it using your ring finger and dotting it around the eye socket or orbital bone.

There’s no need to place it directly on the sensitive soft-tissue area under the eye because as the product warms, it will travel there through the skin. Applying it around the socket minimises pressure and tension.

Have a skincare problem you need help with? Check out Olay for more articles with an array of skincare advice.

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