The eyes are often the first thing anyone notices when talking to someone. So, whether or not you look happy and awake usually falls on how bright and healthy your lids and under-eyes are.
However, our eyes and the skin around them are among the more sensitive parts of your face. For one thing, you have to avoid irritating your eyes when applying skincare products. It’s also often the site of crow’s feet and wrinkles you want to eliminate.
But more than anything, it’s those pesky dark circles that get us most in trouble when it comes to how our eyes look. The puffiness and discoloration create an impression of exhaustion and old age.
Want to take better care of your eyes to avoid dark circles and puffiness? Check out this Lavelier eye care routine. It has everything you need to pamper and care for your under eyes and lids, from the everyday staple that is the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate, to serum syringes and swipe-on solutions to banish dark circles instantly.
Always Start with Gently Cleansed Skin
If you use a harsh, drying cleanser and tug abrasively at your under-eye skin, you can thin it out even more. Make sure your daily cleanser is very gentle, if not for the sake of your eyes, then to keep the rest of your face as hydrated as possible.
One good gentle facial wash is the Lavelier Biology Mousse Cleanser. It’s rich in nourishing oils and extracts like shea butter, argan oil, marigold extracts, and red coral seaweed. These moisturize the skin while thoroughly cleansing it of eye makeup and other impurities.
After cleansing, make sure to follow up with a serum or moisturizer to replenish the skin of moisture. For the eyes specifically, you can use the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate as an eye cream (but more on that in a bit!).
Boost Hydration with a Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Dehydration is one of the main causes of puffiness and darkness around the eyes, so it’s pertinent that you keep your undereye skin moisturized. A great way to do that is with an eye serum.
The Lavelier Fine Line Eye Serum is super lightweight but gives you a refreshing boost of hydration. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid to moisturize and plump up your skin, making it supple and bouncy.
It’s also enriched with glycerin for extra hydration and castor oil for deep nourishment and conditioning. Meanwhile, allantoin soothes the skin around the eyes. It provides relief from avid puffiness.
Hyaluronic acid is a known humectant. It works to pull the moisture from the air into your skin, giving it tons of hydration. In this serum, hyaluronic acid is listed as sodium hyaluronate, a form that is lighter in molecular weight and therefore penetrates the skin easier.
Using a serum is a great idea if you have intensely puffy lids. You never want to over-moisturize puffy lids. That will just make things worse. A lightweight, water-based serum like this one is better.
Refresh Your Under-Eye Skin with a Caffeine-Infused Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Some people think that eye creams are a scam — that they can simply use their moisturizer for under their eyes as well.
But not all moisturizers have the anti-aging ingredients your undereye skin needs to beat dark circles and puffiness daily. You need to invest in powerhouse anti-aging eye cream formulated especially for those issues.
One of the ingredients you’ll find in the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate is retinyl palmitate. This is a derivative of vitamin A that is known to fade discoloration. This really helps if you’re struggling with dark undereyes induced by sun damage. It will also boost collagen production, which can thicken up the skin and hide dark circles.
The Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate also has caffeine. This anti-inflammatory stimulant helps to relax and constrict the blood vessels under your eyes. This will reduce the appearance of darkness and puffiness.
This eye cream is also infused with collagen, sunflower seed oil, and red coral seaweed extracts. These ingredients will plump up and condition your skin for extra smoothness. Needless to say, the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate is packed with nourishing and strengthening ingredients to stunt impede discoloration and puffiness.
To use the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate, simply tap a small amount into your under eyes after your cleansing and serum steps.
Get Soothed and Smooth Undereyes with a Weekly Syringe Serum
This solution is made with hyaluronic acid and DMAE, two of the most effective anti-aging and hydration-boosting skincare ingredients out there. It’s excellent for smoothing out your under-eyes. It’ll make fine lines disappear instantly for a youthful radiance. And since it’s super hydrating, it fights dark circles, too.
It’s formulated with cucumber extracts. These help soothe tired skin that can result in eye bags and puffiness. Cucumbers are rich in vitamin K. This vitamin is known to reduce discoloration and exhaustion around the eye area by stimulating healthy blood circulation.
Cucumbers also contain lignans. These are compounds that calm inflammation, helping out with puffiness in the eye area.
The best part about this weekly serum is that it comes in a syringe format. You can direct your application more precisely under your eyes instead of accidentally spreading it all over your face. Just make sure you stay expression-less until the serum dries, and you’re good to go.
Quickly Brighten and Relieve Tired Eyes with an Eye Contour
If you need fast and easy relief from that puffy-eye feeling and want to instantly brighten your dark circles, grab the Lavelier Rapid Eye Collagen Contour. Simply glide the applicator tip along your under-eyes and tap it into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
This “contour” product emits a potent solution made with hydration-boosting sodium hyaluronate and anti-aging peptides to firm up the skin around your eyes. Peptides are amazing at tightening the skin through collagen production.
This product also contains mica, a silicate powder that adds a shimmering and brightening effect on the skin. That makes it excellent for making the under-eyes more radiant. It’ll also conceal the discoloration that causes the appearance of dark circles.
After applying this product, make sure you seal in all the hydrating ingredients with a good eye cream, like the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate.
Slather on SPF to Protect Your Undereyes from the Sun
Sun damage is a major culprit in the darkening of undereye skin. To prevent any unnecessary pigmentation to make your eyes look more tired, always use SPF. It’s important to slather it all over your face each morning. However, don’t forget to spread a generous layer under your eyes too.
Before heading out the door for the day, protect your skin with the Lavelier Divine Day Defense SPF 30. With soothing botanical extracts and antioxidants, it helps keep UV damage at bay while moisturizing your skin at the same time.
The formula includes extracts from aloe leaves and camellia (also known as green tea). These soothe the skin of any inflammation and puffiness.
Because the formula is already so nourishing, you can use this SPF as an alternative to your daily moisturizer. It helps seal in all the hydration from your other skincare products. If your eye area needs extra hydration, don’t hesitate to add an extra layer of the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate, too.
Other Tips for Preventing Dark Eyebags and Reducing Puffiness
Of course, skincare only goes so far. The best way to get rid of puffiness and dark circles is to take care of it at the very root. This involves changing up your lifestyle to ensure you get the right amount of hydration, vitamins, and sleep. This means that eyebags won’t appear in the first place.
Here are a few extra tricks you can try, on top of perfecting the eye care routine above. These will definitely help keep eye bags and puffiness away:
- Get enough sleep: Many people notice darker undereye skin when they don’t get enough sleep. Make sure you catch at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to rest your body properly. If you have trouble getting restful nights, improve your sleep with aromatherapy oils, meditation, and relaxing music.
- Put a cold compress against your undereyes: Anything cold will reduce puffiness and dark circles by shrinking the blood vessels that are dilated under your eyes. Hold up a washcloth with ice cubes to your eyes for about 20 minutes when you notice excess discoloration and swelling. You can also switch out the washcloth-and-ice combo with cold teabags instead, which are rich in caffeine and antioxidants to help soothe the skin.
Why Do Dark Circles and Puffiness Appear Under Our Eyes?
Even if your skincare and makeup routines are on point, puffiness and dark circles under your eyes can ruin them in a jiffy. The worst is when you pack on so much concealer but it still can’t keep the puffiness and discoloration from peeking through. This makes you look tired and older than you actually are.
But why do puffiness and dark circles show up under our eyes in the first place?
One obvious reason is a lack of sleep. When you’re extremely fatigued, your skin can become very pale. This makes blood vessels more visible from under your skin, creating the illusion of darkened under-eyes. Fatigue also causes fluid to build up under your eyes, making them look puffy.
But even when you sleep well, you’re bound to see dark circles under your eyes as you get older. This is because as you age, you lose more collagen and fat in your skin. This makes your undereye skin gets thinner, allowing those arteries and blood vessels to peek through.
Another cause of dark circles is dehydration. This is something else that occurs naturally the more you age. Not moisturizing your skin well makes the skin around your eyes look dull, aggravating the appearance of discoloration.
Lastly, sun exposure plays a huge role in creating dark circles, too. The sun can increase the melanin, or pigments, in your skin. And since your undereye skin is delicate and sensitive, it’s more susceptible to sun damage and darkening than other areas of your face.
Why You Can’t Afford to Slack on Eye Care As You Get Older
Since the skin around your eyes is quite thin, it’s more vulnerable to being darker and saggier, losing elasticity, and developing wrinkles. There’s only a tiny bit of fat and muscle under your eyes. The older you get, the quicker you lose these.
Aging also makes us lose more collagen and elastin. These are the proteins that make the skin volumized and bouncy. And when the skin produces less of these, it makes the darkness of the blood vessels under your eyes stand out more.
If you want to maintain a youthful brightness and glow in the skin around your eyes for years, you can’t slack when it comes to proper eye care.
With Lavelier’s paraben-free and cruelty-free eye products, you can elevate your beauty regimen and keep dark eyebags and puffiness at bay.
Dark, swollen-looking lids and under-eyes can make or break your entire appearance. But making sure you get rid of dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes isn’t just a matter of vanity.
It’s also a way of caring for yourself and ensuring your skin is getting the nourishment it needs to be bright and hydrated. Plus, using the right products with fine anti-aging ingredients allows you to hit two birds with one stone. You’ll be able to eliminate dark under-eyes while also combating wrinkles and fine lines.
With the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate and the rest of the eye care routine listed above, you’ll get hydration, sun protection, relief from inflammation, and more. Bright under-eyes with zero circles and discoloration is the cherry on top, making you look happier, healthier, and younger every day.