Editor’s choice: 6 of the best eye creams for dark circles

Editor’s choice: 6 of the best eye creams for dark circles

Ask any skincare expert what beauty bugbear they’re asked about most often, and it’s safe to say that dark circles will come up top of the list. Whether as a result of sleepless nights, stress, diet, or simply genetics, battling under-eye circles seems to be something that most of us are faced with at some point in time.

What causes dark circles?

Dark circles can be attributed to one of two things: pigmentation or dilated veins. Pigmentation can be as a result of genetics (if your mom suffers from dark spots and pigmentation, it’s likely that you will too) or lifestyle factors, such as spending too much time in the sun. Dilated veins are typically as a result of various lifestyle factors: too little sleep, seasonal allergies, and a poor diet. Dark circles can also be down to the ageing process, your bone structure, and the fact that they skin underneath your eyes is incredibly thin.

Not sure whether your dark circles are caused by pigmentation or dilated veins?

The easiest way to determine whether your dark circles are as a result of pigmentation or dilated veins is to gently pinch the skin underneath your eye and lift it off the surface. If the skin stays brown, it’s likey pigmentation that’s causing your dark circles. If your skintone looks better when you do this, it’s likely that your issue is dilated veins. 

While it’s true that dilated veins are far easier to tackle than pigmentation, we’ve put several eye creams to the test over the past few months and we’ve rounded up some of our top picks to help you combat dark circles for good!

1. Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream (R460)

If your dark circles are thanks so pigmentation, then this is the eye cream for you! It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate the surface layers of your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of pigmentation over time.( When using ingredients like glycolic acid around the delicate eye area, make sure that stick to product specifically formulated for use around the eyes).

2. Dermalogica Total Eye Care (R650)

Another great find for those who battle with pigmentation, this gentle, hydrating eye cream from Dermalogica boasts SPF15 to help protect the under-eye area from further damage. It also helps to reduce puffiness and conceals dark circles while treating them, for a wide-awake, bright-eyed appearance.

3. Guinot Anti-fatigue Fresh Eye Cream (R780)

This refreshing eye cream brightens and depuffs the under-eye area in an instant, with thanks to it’s cooling applicator tip. It’s fantastic for use after a long, sleepless night. Pop it into the fridge for an extra soothing sensation!

4. Placecol  Revitalising Eye Therapy (R225)

This nourishing formula simply melts into your skin (ideal for use before applying your concealer) and tightens and brightens the under-eye area in a flash. It’s high in antioxidants, so it’s great for reversing damage caused by free radicals. We also love the budget-friendly price point!

5. Optiphi Delta Eye Gel (R950)

New from Optiphi is their Delta Medical Skincare range, which is formulated for use by physicians, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. The Optiphi Delta Eye Gel has been designed to reduce swelling and bruising, and works a treat on dark circles. It’s also great for use after dermal fillers and other skin therapies target at ageing. This is one of the fastest acting eye creams we’ve tried!

6. Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

And last – but certainly not least – is this fabulous find from Colorescience. This 3-in-1 formulation not only improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles, but it also contains an SPF35 to help protect the delicate under-eye area from those harsh UV rays. Oh, wait – that’s not all (at the risk of sounding like a bad TV commercial). This beauty is also a really effective concealer, revealing a much brighter under-eye area in just one swipe and a little blending. (We also love to metal applicator tip – very soothing and refreshing!)

 

Do you battle with dark circles? Let us know if you’ve tried any of these eye creams and what your thoughts were. If you have any other recommendations we should know about, let us know – we’re always on the lookout for beauty products that truly deliver!

 

 

 

Banish breakouts this festive season

Banish breakouts this festive season

Reverse any party season skin damage with these top tips and must-have skincare products. 

Three weeks into December and we’ve already eaten our body weight in mince pies, spent far too much time in the sun, drank a few too many G & Ts… and it’s all starting to show, in the form of pesky pimples!

There’s not doubt that the festive season can wreak havoc on your skin, as late nights, heavy meals, and the hot, summer sun can result in oily skin, a nasty breakout, and even a few sun spots for good measure. 

We’ve been testing out a bunch of beauty products that promise to stop breakouts dead in their tracks… here are our favourites! 

 1. Dermalogica Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask 

If you struggle with blackheads and congestion, you’ll absolutely love this unique mask. The active fizzing formula is designed to open your pores, decongest your skin, and target blackheads in just 3 – 5 minutes. It contains sulfur to keep your skin clear, while kaolin clay absorbs excess sebum  and purifies your skin. 

It activates upon contact with your skin and gently fizzes away, clearing out your pores for a brighter, more refined complexion. Use 2 – 3 times per week for best results. 

 2. SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator

Battling with a dull, lacklustre complexion that feels bumpy to the touch? Add SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator to your daily routine (apply it both morning and night after cleansing, but before applying your moisturiser). It contains Glycolic Acid, which is great for treating breakouts and exfoliating your skin – without causing any irritation. The result? Softer, smoother skin with fewer spots! It also contains  Hyaluronic Acid,  a natural humectant that helps the skin retain water – perfect during the hot, summer months! 

3. OptiPhi Classic Clarity Serum

This soothing spot treatment is fantastic for reducing the appearance of existing breakouts (and helping them to clear up faster), while preventing the onset of new breakouts. It helps to calm irritated and inflammed skin, while balancing sebum levels at the same time. Best applied to affected areas, but it’s also gentle enough to use all over you face. 

Don’t forget that your hormones and digestion are linked, so your skin is often a mirror of your gut. Try loading up on the following vitamins during the festive season to ensure that your skin is clear and glowing all summer long:

– Zinc: not only does this antioxidant help to fight free radicals (ie. helps prevent damage caused by UV rays and pollution), it also regulates oil production in the skin. Find it in seafood, lean meats, legumes, nuts (think cashew nuts and almond), seeds, eggs, and dairy. 

– Potassium: this helps to keep your cells hydrated, so your skin is moisturised from the inside (remember: lack of moisture causes your skin to produce excess sebum, resulting in breakouts. The key is to keep hydrated and ensure that your skin is moisturised at all times). Find it in bananas, oranges, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cooked broccoli, cooked spinach, mushrooms, and more. 

– Magnesium: this is an anti-inflammatory that will help to soothe irritated skin, while preventing inflammation and spot flare-ups. Find it in leafy green veggies, avocados bananas, raspberries, legumes (black beans, chickpeas, etc), seeds and nuts, broccoli, green beans, and seafood. 

Do you have any product suggestions that you swear by to keep breakouts at bay? We’d love to hear all about them – leave a comment and share your knowledge with other Beauty Warriors! 

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

When was the last time you showed your hands some love? We tend to overlook our hands when it comes to skincare, but our hands are just as exposed to the elements as our faces – it’s no wonder that they’re often one of the first parts of the body to show signs of ageing

You may spend thousands of Rands on anti-ageing serums and moisturisers for your face, but the dark spots, lines, and wrinkles on your hands are what truly reveal the number of candles on your birthday cake. Not to mention the fact that the cold, wintery weather can leave your hands feeling cracked, dry, and sapped of moisture. That’s why we believe that now is the perfect time to invest in a quality hand cream… and to apply it religiously after every hand wash. New DermaFix Hand ResQ (R270) is one of our most recent beauty discoveries – and one we can’t be without!

DERMAFIX HAND RESQ (R270)

The skin on your hands is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body (and there are also fewer sebaceous glands), which is why your hands tend to be drier and loose suppleness faster than other parts of your body. Prevent moisture loss and improve your skin’s elasticity by arming yourself with a generous dollop of new DermaFix Hand ResQ. It provides unmatched moisture for dry, cracked skin, leaving your hands feeling instantly softer and smoother. It also improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use over time.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • Shea Butter: provides anti-inflammatory and skin smoothing benefits.
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin: replenishes skin moisture levels whilst improving skin elasticity.
  • Soluble Collagen: offers water binding capabilities whilst combatting fine lines and wrinkles, improving the texture and appearance of the skin.
  • Vitamin E: preserves the skins moisture, improving dry, rough and damaged skin. It furthermore increases enzyme activity, promoting wound healing benefits and the prevention of premature ageing.

TO USE: 

Apply Hand ResQ on clean, dry hands several times a day, or as needed.

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BEAUTY REVIEW: Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum

BEAUTY REVIEW: Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum

Are you battling with dark spots and pigmentation? We recently stumbled upon the Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum, and we definitely noticed an improvement in the overall tone and texture of our skin within a couple of weeks. Read on for our thoughts on this must-have skincare product.

When chatting to our readers and fellow Beauty Warriors, it seems that pigmentation and dark spots are some of the most common beauty concerns amongst South African women. This has a lot to do with your own individual skin type and tone (darker skins are usually more pone to scarring, while blemish-prone skins are also more likely to develop dark spots where blemishes once were), but our climate and exposure to sunlight also has a big impact. One of the most important things you can do when it comes to preventing the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis – even in winter. The second most important step? Start using a product that’s been formulated to target dark spots – like Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum – stat!

Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum

This lightweight serum is ideal for those who battle with dark spots, blemishes, pigmentation, and an uneven skin tone. It’s gentle, yet powerful formulation boasts a combination of three clinically-proven actives, namely B-white, Exo-T, and Sepiwhite MSH to help fade existing dark spots and to reveal a brighter complexion, with noticeable results in as little as 7 days. In fact, Sepiwhite MSH is an incredibly powerful active ingredient that’s been scientifically proven to increase your skin’s radiance by 83%. (Based on consumer studies).

TO USE: 

After cleansing your skin and patting dry with a clean towel, use dry fingertips to apply Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum to your areas of concern. (Avoid the delicate eye area). Apply both morning and night, and follow with your regular moisturiser. It’s vital that you use a sunscreen every morning to avoid further damage.

Have you tried Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum? Let us know whether it worked for you by leaving a review below. 

 

BEAUTY REVIEW: Matsimela Home Spa Red Berry Kalahari Bath Soak

BEAUTY REVIEW: Matsimela Home Spa Red Berry Kalahari Bath Soak

Come the colder, winter months, there’s nothing we enjoy more than a long soak in the tub at the end of a long, hard day. Matsimela Home Spa’s Red Berry Kalahari Bath Soak has been our go-to for adding a luxurious touch to our evening ritual… here’s why!

Matsimela Home Spa is a proudly South African skincare and bathcare brand that was started by husband and wife, Olivia and Wayne Nel, back in 2005. Matsimela Home Spa is known for its wide range of pampering body butters, scrubs, soaps, and bath soaks, to name just a few. The products contain only the very best natural ingredients, and Matsimela Home Spa is dedicated to sourcing all raw materials from a number of Southern African-based companies that support local farms. These suppliers source oils from over 30 farmers throughout Africa and surrounding islands. Matsimela Home Spa Red Berry Kalahari Bath Soak (R75) This budget-friendly beauty is the perfect addition to your bath at the end of a long day – simply sprinkle a generous handful into your bath, sit back, take a deep breath to inhale the beautiful scent, and relax! It’s formulated using pure, untreated salt crystals from an ancient underwater lake in the Kalahari Desert and is suitable for all skin types. For an extra pampering treat, we like to pop in one of Matsimela Home Spa’s Red Berry Fizz Balls (R25). Have you tried any of Matsimela Home Spa’s indulgent bath products? Let us know your favourites in the comments down below – and if you’ve tried this Red Berry Kalahari Bath Salt, be sure to leave us your review!     

BEAUTY REVIEW: PHYTOMER OLIGOMER® PURE Lyophilized Sea Water Bath

BEAUTY REVIEW: PHYTOMER OLIGOMER® PURE Lyophilized Sea Water Bath

There’s no denying the peaceful effect that a day spent beside the ocean has on your mind, body, and soul… which is why we are currently obsessing over PHYTOMER OLIGOMER® PURE Lyophilized Sea Water Bath.

These lovely little bath sachets may seem unassuming, but they pack a really powerful punch. OLIGOMER® is a sodium reduced seawater concentrate that boasts all the therapeutic benefits of a dip in the ocean, but from the comfort of your own bathroom. OLIGOMER® is a worldwide exclusive product, which is protected by a manufacturing secret that PHYTOMER has held for 40 years, and each OLIGOMER® bath offers you the opportunity to relax and unwind, while rebalancing and remineralising your body.

INGREDIENTS:

OLIGOMER®  is the star ingredient, and is known to deliver an optimum dose of trace elements and minerals to the skin, while strengthening the epidermis and preventing cellular fatigue. OLIGOMER® is used in most of PHYTOMER’s face and body products to deliver remineralizing properties to strengthen the skin and recharge it with energy.

Maris Sal (sea salt), Sel Marin, Silica.

TO USE:

Add one sachet to bath water heated at 37 degrees Celsius. Sit back and relax for 20 minutes, allowing the minerals and trace elements to work their magic. Rinse your skin in a warm shower after soaking.

 

 

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