THANKS TO YOUR SUN-SOAKED SIESTAS AND GREAT TAN, THOSE CIRCLES UNDER YOUR EYES HAD JUST ABOUT DISAPPEARED...ONLY TO BE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE AFTER THE SUMMER!
NO WORRIES, WE'LL TELL YOU WHICH BEAUTY ROUTINES WILL HELP YOU REGAIN A FRESH, RESTED LOOK.
HOW DO DARK CIRCLES FORM?
Many women (and men!) want to get rid of the dark circles around their eyes that plague a large portion of the population.
Around the eye is where your skin on your face is the most fragile and thin; at 10,0000 blinks per day, it is constantly in use, sensitive and very vulnerable.
What causes dark circles? The skin gets thinner over time, which makes the blood vessels progressively more visible. The dark colour comes from blood stagnating under the skin.
What's more, when you don't get enough sleep, your circulation slows down and underscores the dark-circle effect.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BAGS AND DARK CIRCLES?
Swelling under the eyes is mainly caused by excessive salt in the body.
But that's not all: UV rays and free radicals can also contribute to your "bags" under your eyes.
These environmental factors damage the delicate skin in this precise area, causing bags to form.
A GOOD EYE-FRESHENING ROUTINE
If the dark colour under your eye disappears when you stretch out the skin, that means this area needs to be plumped up.
The eye zone doesn't have much collagen, elasticine and fat cells, so it's often dry. Thus your skin appears sunken in and dark, setting the stage for wrinkles to appear.
To reduce dark circles, the eye zone needs specific, hydrating skincare and circulation stimulators.
Tone up this delicate area by applying a serum specially created for the fragile skin around the eyes. Anne Semonin Super Active Contour Serum contains wild indigo to de-stress the skin, plus the amino acid lysine which erases wrinkles and fine lines.
Finally, use a high-performance moisturising cream to nourish and plump up the skin. Anne Semonin Miracle Eye Contour Cream is enriched with sea retinol which stimulates cell renewal and smooths wrinkles and fine lines around the eye.
The Miracle Eye Contour Cream has a light texture and immediate, lasting moisturising action that solves many eye-contour problems -- fine lines, bags and dark circles -- helping you regain your bright, youthful look.
In addition, lack of sleep, bad diet and dehydration from alcohol are also factors to take into account.
Go to bed before midnight and limit your wine and cocktail intake. Drink water throughout the day to eliminate water retention in the tissues. And make sure you always have some veggies in your plate, especially those with a "detox" action like broccoli, cabbage, spinach or celery.
By adopting a more healthy lifestyle, you'll quickly regain a glowing skin, unified tone, fewer dark circles around eyes and less puffy eyes.
LITTLE EXTRAS FOR A CLEAR-EYED LOOK
The good news is that bags and dark circles under the eyes can be immediately treated in a few ways.
For a glowing look, reach for Anne Semonin Express Radiance Ice Cubes. Each small ice cube is made from marine spring water rich in trace elements and mineral salts, all of which moisturise and improve skin elasticity. Specially developed for the eye area, these ice cubes also contain: ginkgo biloba to activate micro-circulation; gourd extract for instant revival of tired eyes; hyaluronic acid for plumping up wrinkles and fine lines; and bioflavonoids to reduce dark circles.
Store the ice cubes in the freezer for at least three hours. The morning after a hard night, glide the cube around your eye area with a circular motion, then slide it down the area under the eye towards the nose. Repeat on the other eye.
At other times, you can apply slices of fresh cucumber -- rich in water -- or frozen used tea bags on your eyelids to decongest them.
A final tip: massage the eye area with the back of spoon. The cold metal and circular motion will reactivate blood circulation and reduce dark circles.