“If your lifestyle or skincare routine changes, the first place you’ll see this showing up on your skin is around your eyes,” explains Thalia Panova, SHISEIDO UK National Makeup Artist. The under eye area boasts the most sensitive skin on our faces and it’s here that we’re likely to notice the first signs of aging.
“We’ll probably all have issues with the skin around our eyes at some point or another,” admits Thalia. “Regard these as warning signals that you need to make some changes, whether it’s drinking more water or simply getting more shut-eye on a regular basis,” she says. Thalia shares her expert skincare tricks on how to cure all your under-eye concerns for good. Here’s how:
The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of the skin on your face. As we age, this delicate skin gets thinner still and combined with a loss of collagen, means the blood vessels under eyes become more visible, causing dark circles. “Sleep is the best remedy, as even if tiredness isn’t the underlying cause, stress and fatigue often worsen the appearance of dark circles,” says Thalia. Fluid imbalances can also contribute to this so make sure to increase your water intake. “A great anti-dark circle cream can also help,” advises Thalia who recommends SHISEIDO Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate.
“My Mom uses an eye roller under her eyes when they get puffy,” says Thalia. “She keeps it in the fridge and the coldness helps to reduce the puffiness.” A cold stainless steel spoon will work as well, pressed gently against your closed eye or simply splash with cold water to reduce morning puffiness. “Natural remedies are good for puffiness,” advises Thalia. “Try slices of cucumber straight from the fridge or make your own green tea ice pack for the eyes.” Just make a green tea, allow to cool and then use it to fill your ice cube box. When frozen, wrap the cubes (one for each eye) in soft tea bag-style bags and place them on your closed eyes.
Puffiness can be caused by allergies, tiredness, or if you’ve been crying, but it’s better not to pile on the products. “Always avoid using a face cream on the eye area,” Thalia explains. “The skin around your eyes doesn’t have pores so it can’t absorb the face cream, leading to clogging and sometimes puffiness.”
Under eye wrinkles
“Wrinkles can be softened or blurred, but if they’re there you can’t just make them disappear,” admits Thalia. “Instead, take a preventative approach and use a good under eye cream before you start developing wrinkles, or to prevent new ones emerging.” For a super-charged treatment which can help blur existing lines, Thalia suggests using SHISEIDO Benefiance Wrinkleresist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, which helps to ‘steam press’ away the appearance of wrinkles in just 15 minutes. “The particles are so small that they can penetrate the eye area meaning your skin gets the benefits,” she explains.
Be gentle to skin under eyes
“Above all, be gentle,” says Thalia. “The skin under your eyes is delicate so don’t drag or pull it when applying cream or perfecting your winged eyeliner!” Use your ring finger to apply products, as it has the lightest touch. If you want to hide any dark circles or lines, try a creamy concealer, such as SHISEIDO Sheer Eye Zone Corrector dotted under the eye and then blended in using your fingertips.
1. Apply a primer or serum such as Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate.
2. Dot concealer under your eyes.
3. Blend gently using your fingertips.