Whenever I hear the expression “wearing your heart on your sleeve,” I think of my own belief that our skin always reveals our story. Sacrifices in sleep, diet and downtime have a way of waving hello on our skin, especially where it is thinnest—under the eyes. When I see dark circles appear under my own eyes, I know they are a signal to slow down for some self-care.
I like to remind myself that small changes make a big difference and only take a few minutes. Here are a few simple tricks I’ve found that swiftly revive my eyes—with benefits that only get better over time:
Eye cream at night: The decline in skin’s elasticity that comes with age adds extra folds that can cast shadows. I like to apply our Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream just before bed to energize my under-eyes while I snooze, mimicking Jackie O’s iconic sunglasses: all the way up to the brows and down to my cheekbones.
Diet: Even though pizza is a frequent comfort food and a glass of sake is my go-to after a long day at work, I try not to tip the balance and wake up with a puffy face. But if it happens, it’s an easy fix: fresh fruit and loads of water and potassium. If I’m still craving something salty, it’s almond time.
Hot or cold facial massage: Another reason for dark circles is poor microcirculation, which causes the blood vessels under my eyes to look blue. If I want to give myself a treat, I reach for a facial massager. The Akari Gold Massager is my favorite, but a kitchen spoon works in a pinch. If I need to depuff, I’ll put the Akari massager in cool water, then press it under my eyes. It’s heaven. If I need to give my dark circles some love, I’ll do the same but with warm water.
Caffeine: Typically caffeine doesn’t make a list like this, but it’s actually an amazing way to reduce excess fluid from your under-eyes. I’ll place cold green tea under my eyes for 10 minutes in the morning. Caffeine is such an effective topical ingredient, we even use it in our Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum.
Brightener: The other big cause of dark circles is hyperpigmentation. For this, I use a rice grain amount of The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment. It brightens my eyes instantly and over time. On days when I need a little extra coverage, I top it off with concealer.
It’s one of modern life’s ironies that the very source of stress that can cause dark circles in the first place is the same reason we don’t have time to do anything about it. But my wish for you is not to reinvent your life—just reinvent a few minutes of it. What are some clever ways you’ve found to invest in your self-care in just a few moments?