Is a wonky, ‘lockdown sleep schedule’ causing your eyes to look more dull, tired and puffy? You’re not alone. Dark, currant-like eyes are an instant giveaway when we’re not feeling too bright.
If your fine lines are feeling more like deep furrows, it’s a sign of fatigue.
And if they’re more ‘puffed-up’ than usual and feel pulsatingly hot to the touch, you can blame one too many hours of late-night screen-time or the dehydrating duo of salty food and alcohol (if you happen to have any left).
Genetics mostly account for dark circles, but a bad night’s sleep definitely doesn’t help either.
Say Hello To Brighter Eyes With These Bedtime Hacks
Two Pillows Are Better Than One
The simple act of elevating your head helps drain fluid away efficiently overnight and therefore has instant depuffing effects.
But for even better results, try a memory foam pillow like Memré Cloud Premium Contour Pillow, R355 for one, which uses air cell technology to help support neck contours allowing for optimal head elevation.
Try Something Silky
A silk pillowcase is our go-to choice to achieve the ultimate beauty sleep experience. The slippy fabric stops delicate skin around the eyes being squashed and creased in the night and absorbs less moisture and expensive nighttime skincare than cotton pillows do.
Nordik Beauty Luxury Satin Silk Pillowcases, R529 for two, are lovely to try and come in three colours including blush pink, champagne and classic white.
Eat Your Veggies
A wonderful and naturally effective way to help keep the whites of your eyes sparkling is to include more orange vegetables, like carrots and pumpkin, in your diet. They contain antioxidants such as vitamins A and C which help keep the whites of your eyes looking bright.
The Teaspoon Trick
Give yourself an at-home cryotherapy session by sticking two teaspoons in the freezer overnight, dipping them in cold water in the morning and then laying them on your eyes until they warm up to your body temperature.
This constricts enlarged blood vessels and makes dark circles less noticeable, all while creating instantly brighter eyes.
Create A Peaceful Ambience
Aromatherapy may sound a bit silly for a quick fix but sprays with sweet marjoram, a powerful natural sedative, are a must to usher in a good night’s rest.
We love Sh’Zen Sleep Easy Pillow Mist, R215 for 100ml which boasts a sleep-enhancing blend of sweet marjoram, geranium, lavender and sandalwood.
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Written by Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens