Is it just us or do the short, cold days of winter have us feeling extra-fatigued? Let’s minimize the look of those tired eyes, dull complexions and cold-weather blemishes like an expert.
ISSUE: PUFFY EYES
Puffy eyes are caused by decreased blood circulation and poor lymphatic drainage. A diet high in salt can also cause water retention, while stress and lack of sleep exacerbate the situation.
Wrap an ice cube in a tissue and gently apply it around the eye area to boost circulation and help deflate tissue. Another option: Apply spoons or tea bags cooled in the refrigerator under your eyes for a few minutes. Dab on an eye contour treatment containing caffeine or Ginkgo biloba, ingredients with energizing and draining properties. It’s even better if the treatment has a ball or a metal or ceramic tip that provides a massaging effect! Hydrogel patches are also a great option for minimizing puffiness— make sure you have a pair or two on hand (or in the fridge).
ISSUE: DARK CIRCLES
Caused by hyperpigmentation or slow-moving microcirculation of the blood in the eye area, dark circles may appear darker after a late night.
Focus on using a light-textured eye treatment with ingredients like caffeine and vitamin C that will help stimulate blood circulation and brighten the area. Apply with gentle pressure, starting on the lower eyelid and moving from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. Do the same on the upper eyelid. To neutralize dark circles that are bluish, use a peach or orange concealer. Next, apply a thin layer of highlighting concealer, creating an inverted triangle shape under the eye, then gently pat the product onto skin with your ring finger.
ISSUE: DULL COMPLEXION
Not getting enough sleep or eating an unbalanced diet could result in a less than radiant complexion when you wake up.
Do some jumping jacks or go on a brisk walk for a few minutes to oxygenate your skin (and your body). A scrub or an exfoliating mask will dislodge dead cells and make your complexion more radiant. Moisturize your skin with a cream or lotion that contains a hydrating ingredient such as hyaluronic acid. Apply a light layer of blush to revive skin tone and a touch of highlighter on the top of your cheekbones to reflect the light.
Hormonal imbalances and genetics, but also stress and poor nutrition can cause pimples to appear, even in adulthood.
Cleanse your skin and apply a targeted treatment that will reduce inflammation and redness. Good ingredients: salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Now switch to camouflage mode: Apply a concealer in the same shade as your complexion by patting it with the tip of your finger; set with a mattifying powder.
“Applying a corrective makeup base will instantly hydrate, unify and illuminate your skin in addition to prolonging the wear of your makeup. Use it alone or mixed with your foundation, or apply it in small touches on the areas to be corrected before adding your foundation.”