The skin around the eyes is unique, which is why it needs its own specific skincare. Thankfully, there are products with technically advanced formulas that promise everything from instant de-puffing to all-day tightening.
‘The mechanisms behind changes in skin around the eyes are now better understood,’ says Dr Vicky Dondos, co-founder of aesthetics clinic Medicetics.
‘There so many contributing factors. The skin is thinner and hypermobile, as you are always blinking and smiling. Puffiness can be caused by the mildest obstruction of lymphatic drainage, such as hay fever or nasal congestion. But more ingredients are being identified that prevent these issues.’
Can’t decide if dark circles or fine lines need tackling most? ‘Start with a calming, hydrating formula to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, then add in more targeted treatments,’ says Dondos.
Why not try these products…
Products for dry under-eye skin
Peep Club Instant Relief Eye Spray
Bad sleep can lead to poor eye health as muscles must rest to avoid dry eyes. If you wake feeling like your eyes need an espresso, Peep Club will help.
Spritz its Instant Relief Eye Spray on to closed eyelids to banish that gritty feeling.
Trilogy Vitamin C Revitalising Eye Gel
Then a light, refreshing gel will wake up the orbital area. Trilogy Vitamin C Revitalising Eye Gel (£22.50, trilogyproducts.co.uk) has soothing aloe, brightening vitamin C and a nifty cooling ceramic applicator.
Products to help puffy eyes
Lessen the appearance of bags and shadows by brightening and flattening the under-eye area.
Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel
Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel is formulated with allergy sufferers in mind (histamine causes stagnation of blood and lymph plus muscle loss around eyes).
In clinical studies, eyes looked ‘more rested’ in ten minutes while, long term, expect inflammation to diminish and cell turnover to be boosted.
Philosophy’s Hope In A Jar Eye Revival Serum-In-Cream
Philosophy’s Hope In A Jar Eye Revival Serum-In-Cream is an upgrade on its classic, based on responsibly sourced elderberry flower extract, which it claims starts improving the appearance of puffiness and reducing under-eye darkness in a week.
Plus, it contains lower weights of hyaluronic acid to hydrate more deeply.
NUXE Merveillance Lift Eye
While most eye creams use collagen-stimulating ingredients to plump skin, new technologies are finding alternative ways to create a lifting effect.
NUXE Merveillance Lift Eye focuses on the dermo-epidermal junction between the skin’s upper layers that slackens with age.
Strengthening it with micro-algae oil restores the wavy shape of that junction, helping eyes regain a tighter, more lifted look.