My clients always want to know how to make their eyes look younger. Here are my top ten tips.
1. Stop over plucking your eyebrows!
Most of my clients over-plucked in the 60’s and prematurely lost the arch of their eyebrows. Brows are a minefield however. Too heavy and they can emphasise dark circles. Too long and they can drag the face down. Best to go to a professional.
2. My eye lashes love my lash perming kit
Unfortunately eyelashes flatten and shorten with age. Lash perming makes my eyes look so much bigger and is much more effective than using metal eyelash curlers.
3. Stop using too much eye cream!
The skin around the eye is prone to crepiness because it has few oil glands to lock in moisture. However, because the skin is so thin it absorbs eye cream ever so quickly, so only use a tiny bit -less is more. Too much eye cream can cause puffiness and even sagging; heavier mineral oil-based eye creams can cause milia.
4. Dark circles: are you getting enough sleep?
Our micro-circulation slows down when we are tired. Blood pools in the tiny blood vessels under the eyes, which show even more through a thin, pale skin. Unfortunately dark circles get worse with age because the top of the cheekbone drops and creates a hollow. No eye cream in the world can change your bone structure but I recommend a retinol based eye cream which will stimulate collagen and thicken the skin. Never go to bed with your mascara on – it can dry and break your lashes.
5. Puffiness: cut down on salt and takeaways
Puffiness is aggravated by dehydration so cut down on coffee, alcohol and salt. Try sleeping on an extra pillow so that gravity can help drain any water trapped in fat pads around the eyes. Another trick: leave half an hour between putting on eye-cream and going to bed; if you lie down flat straight away it will travel into the eye area and cause puffiness. Also be careful when applying eye gel to lightly tap using the pads of your ring fingers to prevent stretching the skin. This will mildly stimulate the lymphatic circulation to drain puffiness.
6. Bin your aviator sunglasses
Clients don’t realise that they can (and must) apply sunscreen all over their lids and up to the lashes – a good quality one won’t cause puffiness. I wear my UVA sunglasses all year round but remember they need to be wide at the side to shield as much of the delicate eye area as possible. Avoid any sunglasses with metal frames which will reflect UVA rays onto the top of the cheekbones and can cause sunspots. UVA rays thin the skin making dark circles even more obvious. UVA even fades eye colour – in fact blue eyes are more vulnerable than darker eyes.
7. Only surgery will get rid of eye bags
From about the age of thirty the ligaments around the eyes become weaker and the skin starts to sag. Unfortunately no eye cream can get rid of these eyebags. Not to be confused by puffiness which is temporary.
8. Limit your screen time
I can hardly talk, but the longer you spend staring at your computer, the more chance you’ll develop squint lines. I know that you are busy, but visit an optician regularly. My most high maintenance client is constantly squinting because she is too vain to get glasses.
9. Highlighter settling in fine lines under the eye?
Mix your highlighter with an eye gel/serum which is light enough to get closer to the lash line without causing puffiness.
10. Only Botox can prevent crows feet
Eye creams can keep the delicate eye area hydrated so lines don’t show as much, but won’t prevent them. Sorry.