The delicate skin around your eyes is far thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, which is why it’s one of the first areas to show tell-tale ageing signs. Wrinkles, under eye bags, short lashes and sparse brows are all big age giveaways. While they might not be completely reversible, they can be improved. So, turn back the clock with the help of these high-performance beauty buys.
Crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes are caused by a reduction of collagen and elastin in the skin. Whether you have fine lines or deeper wrinkles, both can look worse if you and your skin is dehydrated. Drinking plenty of water and using a moisturising eye cream will improve their appearance.
Hydrate the skin around your eyes with an ultra-gentle eye cream such as Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream (£19.99/10g). It’s intensely hydrating, but sinks in quickly without greasiness. Skin is left super soft and your make-up will look better for using it.
Tackle deeper wrinkles with No7’s Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream (£18/15ml), which contains the brand’s concentrated anti-ageing peptide Matrixyl 3000 Plus. With rave reviews, if your crow’s feet are giving the game away this is a must-buy.
Semi-permanent lash extensions
Nouveau Lashes SVS (speed, volume and style) can be customised to look as natural or glamorous as you want and last 6-8 weeks. Prices start from £55, to find your nearest salon call 01977 655620 or visit www.nouveaulashes.com
Great lashes will help open your eyes, making them look bigger and younger.
Condition and moisturise brittle lashes with the RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner (£52/approx 6 weeks supply), the holy grail of lash serums. Promises healthierlooking results for a fuller flutter.
Or, for a double whammy of benefits, try Vichy’s Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes (£25/15ml), which although pricey features an anti-ageing serum to smooth and firm skin around the eyes, as well as lash-conditioning ingredients.
If you’re going to use a mascara daily then you may as well choose one that cares for your lashes. Our favourite is the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara (£11.99), with nourishing castor oil which delivers volume and length.
If your brows have become sparse over the years, they may need a little extra help to look their very best. A neatly groomed brow will help frame your eyes and lift your whole face.
If you don’t mind the spend, boost your brows with RapidBrow’s Eyebrow Enhancing Serum (£37/3ml). Specially formulated to nourish and stimulate weak brow hairs, apply twice a day and stick at it to see results.
Fill gaps and perfect the shape of your brows with Soap & Glory’s Archery Brow Pencil (£8.50), which gives natural results and has a handy built-in brush. Or, for thicker brows in an instant try Soap & Glory’s Archery Volu-Boost Brow Fibre Gel (£10), which also helps keep unruly hairs in place – it’s foolproof.
Puffiness and dark circles
Too much salt, dehydration, tiredness and stress are all common culprits of under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Drinking lots of water and getting enough rest can help and, according to the experts, cucumber slices really do de-puff! Antioxidant-packed to soothe irritation, the cooling effect of cucumber also reduces swelling.
Beat under-eye bags with The Ordinary Caffeine Solution (£6/30ml). This lightweight serum harnesses the power of caffeine, which studies have shown can help reduce puffiness and dark circles. It works wonders for perking up tired eyes and even using it morning and night the bottle seems to last forever.