[By Tania Hui]
William Shakespeare once famously described the eyes as “windows to the soul”. It therefore should come as no surprise that a pair of attractive looking eyes rank high on the beauty stakes across all ethnicities. Unfortunately, they are also one of the first facial features to bear the brunt of aging. Having said that, there’s no reason for anyone to look like an old soul! If you aren’t already showing your peepers extra TLC, it’s time to brush off the dust and cobwebs on those windows with these tricks and treats, to get them ‘selfie-ready’ by the time the year-end parties hit town!
The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate part of your face. With a lack of surrounding supporting structures and further worsened by a paucity of sebaceous or oil glands, these areas tend to get a lot drier compared to the rest of the face, leading to fine lines and wrinkling. To help keep your eyes looking unscathed despite the passage of time, make sure you keep these areas well moisturised!
Trick: To keep your skin well hydrated, drink at least 2 litres of water daily. Get extra hydration by consuming omega-3 fatty acids found naturally in fish oil, walnuts, hemp and flax seeds. Another obvious way to hydrate these areas is from the outside with a serum or moisturiser. Although it might not be the elixir of youth in a tub, a dab of eye cream goes a long way if the correct type is chosen and used consistently.
Like an energy drink for your eyes, the Sloane Inc Oxygen Eye Serum is an instant brightener that tackles dark eye circles to brighten up your windows. Packed with line smoothing hyaluronic acid, soy peptides and hexapeptides, it’ll leave your eyes looking livelier with fewer lines through religious use. Bursting with vitamin E and essential fatty acids for intense moisturization, Sloane Inc HEAL is a hassle-free, multi-tasking skincare aide that promised to simplify and streamline your daily beauty regime. Composed of 100% pure Argan oil with astonishing healing and conditioning properties, it helps keep your skin healthy, strong and glowing. Unlike most facial products which might be too harsh and can lead to redness and puffiness when used on the delicate skin around the eyes, HEAL’s unique formulation spells an all-over facial hydrator to just about anywhere that’s dry with fine lines, including the eyes and lips as well! As a lightweight, non-comedogenic product, it does not give rise to oil seeds, a common fear with eye creams that are too heavy or rich.
TREAT: For an intense boost of hydration to resurrect dry, sunken and tired looking eyes, Revitalift is the go to procedure for celebrities looking to shine bright on the red carpet. With a series of virtually painless microinjections of natural hyaluronic acid, Revitalift helps build up the undereye skin by promoting collagen growth and improving skin hydration to restore the twinkle in your peepers.
Unless you are a black and white native from the Sichuan province weighing 200 pounds, no one is going to look good with dark eye circles. Dark circles tend to add years, making one tired and sickly looking. Our undereye are riddled with a web of tiny capillaries which can become leaky. As red blood cells from these capillaries seep into the surrounding skin, a dark discoloration is formed when the haemoglobin in them are being broken down.
TRICK: Choosing the correct type of concealer and using it right will do wonders in camouflaging your Wednesday Addams’ eyes. Choose a lightweight creamy concealer that glides on smoothly without excessive rubbing. A yellow tinted one hides dark purple circles, an orange base hides bluish ones while the commonest tan concealers hide brownish discoloration. Pay close attention to the areas where your eyes meet the bridge of your nose as these nooks and crannies tend to have the darkest circles and often require a tad more attention.
TREAT: “The Eye Revival Program tackles dark eye circles for more youthful looking peepers by engaging the synergistic effects of Revitalift and Laser Toning.” Says Dr. Toby Hui, medical consultant with The Sloane Clinic. “Revitalift illuminates under eye area with natural hyaluronic acid while Laser Toning utilises laser waves to improve blood circulation and break down excessive dermal pigmentation while stimulating the deep layers of the skin to repair the fragile collagen and elastin networks of your undereye.”
Droopy no more
Very often, the upper eyelid skin droops down with age and bedroom eyes are no longer sexy when they are a tad too heavy! As we age, we start to lose elasticity in the skin around the eyes and surrounding muscles begin to relax and give the tired looking droopy gaze. Some are worse off than others due to hereditary factors, excessive sun exposure or smoking.
TRICK: Use an eye primer on your lids to diminish the appearance of fine lines by filling in any creases where makeup can settle. Opt for powder eye shadow instead of cream based ones. Avoid metallic shades and all things glittery as the reflective nature makes them more unforgiving, highlighting skin creases when applied to lids that droop.
TREAT: If surgical correction is not on your wishlist, the Ultimate Eyelift Program done on its own or combined with Thermage Eyes may be the next best thing for your optic woes. Aiming to put the twinkle back in your eyes, this ‘eye-opening’ protocol is designed to optimally tighten and lift sagging skin. Over six gentle sessions of collagen strengthening SmartX laser treatment with little to no downtime, bid adieu to droopy eyes and saggy lids, and say hello to bigger, brighter and more beautiful peepers, befittingly labelled as “windows of thy soul”….