When we see dark circles, and puffy and tired eyes, we think lack of sleep, stress and poor circulation.
Although these signs are mainly from fatigue, a good eight hours sleep won’t always get rid of them – there can be other reasons like genetics, allergies and ageing.
However, if you think you’ll never get rid of your ‘sleepy eyes’, think again!
Here are our beauty editor’s top tips for looking bright-eyed and wide-awake:
When salons place cucumbers over your eyes, it isn’t really just for show, there is reasoning behind it. The cool cucumber restricts the blood vessels that may be inflamed, causing them to shrink and reduce puffiness. Don’t have cucumber on hand? Put a teaspoon in the fridge, and place it over your bags too.
All oiled up
When we remove make-up we can be harsh on our under-eye area, where the skin is extremely thin and sensitive. If you don’t have a light hand for removing your make-up, try gentle products.
Cleansing with oils has become a major trend as they don’t strip the skins natural oily layer – keeping your face fresh and moisturised. (Oils can dissolve other oils, and bind dirt and cosmetic products, and remove them when the oil is removed). We are huge fans of Lipidols Cleansing Face Oil, R79,95 for 125ml.
A-listers and top celeb make-up artists have long used the trick of applying white eyeliner to the waterline. White instantly opens and brightens the eyes, making any dark circles appear less noticeable.
Try Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow & Eyeliner White, R28,95 or NYX Mechanical Eye Pencil White, R64,95.