Taking the years off: How to combat tired, puffy eyes

Crow’s feet, dark circles and bags under our eyes can make us look exhausted, even when we’re not.

Mark Twain famously said “wrinkles only indicate where the smiles have been” – but he didn’t live in an age of social media, where putting your best face forward counts in all areas of life!

With stressful jobs, running around after kids, lack of sleep and all the millions of other things we do, common “eye woes” like crow’s feet, dark circles and bags are the last thing we need.

What causes eye bags, dark circles and crow’s feet?

Ageing plays a big part in changes around the delicate eye area.

Crow’s feet – the wrinkles that form around the eye’s outer corner – are partly caused by the constant contractions of the muscles as we smile, laugh and squint.

According to Guinness World Records, the eye’s six muscles make around 100,000 micro-movements a day, so no wonder our eyes are tired.

A reduction in collagen and the skin’s elasticity as we age doesn’t help matters.

Eye bags, meanwhile, appear when excess fluid accumulates in our under-eye hollows.

And those dark circles? They occur when blood vessels under the thin skin show as a bluish, black shadow, or when ageing skin sags, throwing shadows under the eyes.

Other contributing factors

Our lifestyle, environment and habits also play a role, including lack of sleep, allergies, too much sun and salty foods.

Eye bags and dark circles can be genetic, so grandma may be partly to blame!

Smoking can be a major factor, as cigarettes contain toxic chemicals that break down collagen and elastin and cause wrinkles.

Tips to tame under-eye problems

If you’re doing everything right but still look like you’ve pulled a week of all-nighters, don’t despair.

A cold compress can help reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels around the eyes. Try holding a frozen spoon gently over each eye.

Be gentle when removing eye make-up (don’t rub!) and use two pillows to prop your head up during sleep, to avoid fluid settling around the eyes. Always use sunscreen and sunglasses outdoors.

A US study found it’s important to keep up our vitamin C with higher intakes associated with less chance of wrinkles and ageing skin.

And now’s the time to invest in an eye cream targeting the unique issues around the eye area.

Ingredients to look for in eye creams

If it’s pesky crow’s feet you are wanting to minimise, look for a cream containing ingredients that can work to fill in wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin.

Remescar Crow’s Feet uses revolutionary eWRINK technology to target and tighten skin structure around the eyes.

Tonics for eye bags and dark circles need to be able to tighten skin and decrease fluid accumulation.

And to bid sayonara to saggy eyes, look for a cream that can penetrate pores and lift upper eyelids, as well smooth and tone the skin around the eye area.

Remescar has a range of eye contouring products that act immediately on the eye area, giving instant and visible results (there’s even a 100 per cent money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied).

Try Remescar Sagging Eyelids, which is designed to quickly and easily lift droopy eyelids and works beautifully with the bestselling Remescar Eye Bags and Dark Circles cream.

With just a little time and effort you’ll be bright-eyed and fresh-faced and will have all of your friends asking how you managed so much sleep!

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