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Soothe Summer Eyes


Summer is welcome but squinty, sore, puffy eyes not so much. Eyedrops and SPF are a given, but all that rubbing can irritate and inflame the skin around the sockets. We’re here to help with some skincare suggestions.

First off, to really de-puff morning eyes, pop Espa’s Aventurine Jade Eye Contour Massage Tool (£40) in the refrigerator overnight and then use it to gently roll around the eye area to massage in your cream or serum. If money’s tight you can use a pair of spoons, but these can feel a little harsh whereas the aventurine jade will cool and soothe.

This Works is so called because at least 70% of their (human) testers must agree with this statement before they launch a new product to market. We’ve been using the night and the day version of their Eye Repair (from £40) and can only agree. Furrowed brow and inner eye crinkles are both lessened.

Peptides are creating a huge buzz in skincare this year. HydroPeptide’s range has been harnessing their benefits in the UK for over five years, so they know their stuff. The Vital Eyes Instant Awakening Serum (£84) addresses puffiness, fine lines and discolouration and is fast-absorbing – great for busy mornings.

At £170 The Eye Cream by Augustinus Bader is quite the investment but, like the other products in this range, if you have the funds it’s worth it. Consistent use is clinically proven to reduce fine lines by over 50% and improve hydration and firmness, plus 99% of testers confirm the overall appearance of their skin looks better. We’d go as far as saying consider this a viable alternative to tweakments.

Like micro-needling, but in mask form, the Vice Reversa patches contain microscopic crystal tips to which dissolve to release actives including retinol to restore skin barrier, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and peptides to stimulate collagen production deep into the surface of the skin. One box (£49.95) contains four pairs to be used weekly. Press into the skin once applied and leave on for at least two hours or even overnight for best results.

We love an eye product with a great applicator and Lumene’s Glow Boost Eye Serum (£23.90) is one of the best. The contoured, cool-to-the-touch, stainless-steel tip follows the curves of your undereye area to dispense a lightweight cream which delivers increased luminosity courtesy of the Arctic cloudberry and Vitamin C-infused formulation. Vegan Nordic beauty know-how at its best. Follow up with a drop of the complimentary Eye Cream (£23.90) for upper lids.


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