It’s the third last month of the year and I'm worn out just thinking about everything to come: Holiday parties! Christmas decorating! Gift shopping! Mostly for me! It’s fun, of course. But also, very exhausting.
To make sure I don’t look exhausted, here’s everything I’ll be doing for the rest of 2023 to save my sleepy skin.
Dark circles are an all-year-round battle for me, but the silly season definitely exacerbates them. To figure out why that is, I turned to dermal therapist/skin wizard, Yadira Cauchi.
“Dark circles are due to the layer of skin under our eyes being very thin making the blood vessels beneath more visible,” Yadira explains.
“Genetics play a big role when it comes to dark under eye circles,” Yadira tells us, noting that a few other common factors include: age, lack of sleep, and even our stress levels.
If dark circles are also something you’re looking to target, Yadira suggests adding an antioxidant-rich eye cream. “If you’re not keen to go down a cosmetic path I’d look for an eye cream that contains vitamin c as this is an antioxidant that can help with collagen production to improve the skin’s elasticity,” she suggests.
Makeup is also a clever, quick way to counteract any under eye darkness. Blending a tiny amount of a peachy coloured corrector (my personal favourite is this guy from Tarte) over dark circles will do so much of the heavy lifting. Finish off with a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone over the top to blend in with the rest of your face and admire your handiwork in the mirror. Magic!
Puffy eyes - often caused by lifestyle factors such as sleep (or lack thereof), alcohol, stress, diet.
If you know you’re going to have a late night or an early morning, pop a couple of teaspoons in the freezer. Those are going to come in handy tomorrow if you wake up with puffy eyes.
After you’ve applied your AM skincare, press your pre-prepared chilled spoons against the skin under your eyes. Hold those for a few minutes and remove.
To bring skin back from a dull, lifeless state, I tend to lean on a clever combo of replenishing skincare and brightening makeup.
First, let’s juice up your skin! Give your skin a quick cleanse (an gel cleanser is a clever way to give your skin a bit of extra hydration if you need it), and then right onto a sheet mask. Look for one with ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid which are a potent combo to plump and boost radiance. After 10 minutes, remove your sheet mask, pat in the excess serum, and follow on with a lush moisturiser (and a face oil, if you really want to layer up on glow).
Once the skin’s sorted, you can finish off defeating dullness with a splash of makeup. Day-to-day, I like to keep things simple (read: I’m lazy and want something fast and easy) so I like to stick to something glowy for the base (Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter is a solid 15/10 for instant radiance), a touch of concealer, some cream blush, and a tinted lip balm. It only takes a few minutes but adding a touch of colour back into my sleep-deprived face always makes a huge difference.