With the world’s faces being shrouded behind a mask, eyes have become the new focal point on every face. While this provides us with an opportunity to flaunt another feature on our faces, the pandemic has also taken its toll on our eyes. Prolonged hours spent on our screens thanks to lockdowns and work from home arrangements have left our eyes surrounded by dark rings, fine lines and puffiness. Want to free your eyes of their grasp? Keep reading on as we uncover the causes behind common eye issues and how to tackle them from the root! 

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Common Eye Issues:  

Long before everyone was stuck home, we each experienced our fair share of dark under eyes, fine lines and puffiness – especially if we spent nights burning the midnight oil. But what exactly causes these issues?  

Dark Eye Circles:  

Though dark eye circles look adorable on pandas, they certainly are not doing us any favours. Apart from genetics, dark eye circles are a result of a combination of bad habits – sleep deprivation, eye strain and sun overexposure.   

Sleep Deprivation:  

Sleep deprivation causes the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eye to dilate, creating a dark appearance. Additionally, sleep deprivation can also cause fluids to build up underneath the eyes, making them appear puffy and casting a shadow on your under eyes.  

Eye Strain:  

Though spending long hours staring at a screen is inevitable given current circumstances, the long hours cause us to strain our eyes. This strain causes the blood vessels around our eyes to dilate, leaving behind a dark appearance.   

Sun Overexposure:  

While the feeling of the sun’s warm touch on the skin is great, too much can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin (aka pigmentation) which can cause the skin to darken and darken the under-eye area. 

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Puffy Eyes:  

No one wants to wake up to puffy eyes. Like dark under-eye circles, puffy eyes are largely caused by fluid retention. Fluid retention can be a result of multiple factors: Sleep deprivation, poor lymphatic drainage system, high salt diets and alcohol.   

Sleep Deprivation:   

As mentioned, a lack of sleep causes a buildup of fluids under the eyes, making them appear puffy.  

Poor Lymphatic Drainage System:  

Your lymphatic system is responsible for draining fluids that carry toxins, immune cells and waste products. When working poorly, it causes our tissues to be swollen with fluid. This fluid retention causes the puffiness often seen in your arms, legs and face just as you awaken.   

High Salt Diets & Alcohol:  

While salty foods can soothe your cravings, it often results in your body retaining more fluids than necessary. Likewise, alcohol causes your body to become dehydrated, causing the body to retain more fluids and sodium which leads to puffiness overall. 

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Fine Lines & Wrinkles Around Eyes:  

Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are inescapable as we age – our skin loses its elasticity, and our facial muscles weaken. However, there are certain habits we have that we unknowingly do that make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent.   

Sun Overexposure:  

The sun is back to contribute to our endless list of skincare woes. UV rays cause the skin to experience photoaging – a process that damages collagen and results in wrinkle formation.   

Squinting and Frowning:  

While we don’t recommend living your life with minimal facial expressions, the repeated motion of frowning or squinting (especially at your screens) causes the muscles in those areas to contract. The repeated contraction causes the skin to wrinkle. As the muscle strengthens due to repeated movements, the wrinkles would also become deeper.   

Rubbing Your Eyes:  

Rubbing the sleep from your eyes can be the best feeling in the world, but the rubbing action stretches the thin skin of your eye area. Over time, it can stretch the skin and breakdown the collagen and elastin in the area. The same concept applies when applying or removing makeup from the eyes. Rubbing the delicate area is a no-go. 

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Tackling Your Eye Issues:  

It is highly likely that you experience several of these issues simultaneously and it can get tedious to incorporate various tips to tackle them. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed them down to three essential tips to help combat your eye issues at the root.  

#1: Sleep is Precious  

The world never sleeps, but this doesn’t mean you should burn yourself out to keep up with it. Catching sufficient quality sleep can do wonders for your productivity, health and skin. An adult should get an average of 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.   

Some quick tips to help you get the sleep you need are:  

Set a sleep schedule – falling asleep and waking up at the same time daily can help set a loop on your natural body clock (aka your circadian rhythm) and allow you to catch quality sleep.  
Reduce blue light exposure – blue light is light often emitted by electronic devices. It affects your circadian rhythm by tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime, making it harder to fall asleep. Setting your computers and phones to restrict blue light along with minimising your use of devices 1-2 hours before bed can make a huge difference.   

#2: SPF is your BFF  

We love our SPF. Our day cannot start if our faces aren’t protected from the sun. Even at home, your skin is not protected from UV Rays. Thus, protecting your skin with a simple SPF every morning can do wonders for your skin. It drastically slows the photoaging process, protects the skin from developing pigmentation and reduces the risk of developing skin cancers. Give our Flawless- Skin Perfecting Moisturiser a try – crafted with skin-loving ingredients that would nourish and protect your skin simultaneously. 

#3: Invest in the Right Skincare  

Many get the impression that eye-care products are an unnecessary luxury – thanks to their typically small packaging and higher prices. However, investing in a good eye care product can significantly revitalise your eyes and restore youth to them.   

Treat your eyes to the spectacular formula with code REVITAL20 for 20% off your first RevitalEyes Concentrate! 

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HERE COMES THE SUMMER’S SON
HE BURNS MY SKIN
I ACHE AGAIN
I’M OVER YOU

T E X A S
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We all love the sun (with sun protection, of course). Summer is pretty much perpetual in hot, humid places like ours, though the recent rain spells could use a reminder who’s boss around here. So summer, real summer, is just around the corner with a warm invitation to its party. Sun, fun, beach, books to read at the beach, water, shorts and sandals…

We all really love the sun, but we don’t much fancy its plus ones: Excessive sun exposure, the sweltering humidity and too much heat — they’re our definitions of party poopers that have fun at the expense of our skin. Think pigmentation / sunburns, oil glands in overdrive and parched, parched skin.

Many of us know by now that sun protection is key — that’s the prevention bit. But did you know that other factors like hydration play an equally important role in fortifying the skin during and post-summer? That’s prevention and cure.

Read on for more essentials for dewy, glowing summer skin!

SUMMER SKIN TIP 1: LAYER DOWN — LESS MIGHT BE MORE.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 1: LAYER DOWN — LESS MIGHT BE MORE.
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SUMMER IS THE TIME TO EASE UP ON THE NUMBER OF LAYERS YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN AND LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PRODUCTS YOU USE.

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Sweater weather skincare isn’t for humid summers. Consider layering less products on the face, swapping makeup for skin that’s bare except for sunscreen, and opting for dual-purpose products (e.g. a tinted sunscreen)!

SUMMER SKIN TIP 2: MASK ON — BALANCE THE OILY.

Given our heat and humidity, you probably didn’t think that dehydration might be an issue in summer. The strange thing is, summer can lead to parched skin, which in turn leads to oilier visages, and if you coat it with thick, oily moisturisers, you’re on the fast track to congestion, especially once these meet perspiration. What you need is lightweight, water-based hydrators to balance your pH back out, like a good old-fashioned mask.

Skincare Hero: Hydrocare – Bio-Cellulose Mask

Our favourite, super-hydrating, pH-balancing, oil-free mask. Treat your skin to its cocktail of ingredients: Cactus Extracts to calm, hydrate, balance sebum levels, Litchi Seed Extracts and Vitamin A-rich Fig Fruit Extract to plump and that come rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals in summer.

Tip: Keep in fridge for an extra cooling treat for distressed skin.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 3: WATER IN — DROWN THE PARCHED.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 3: WATER IN — DROWN THE PARCHED.
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On almost all days of the year, we perspire while on this sunny island. When it boils down to the actual summer months, though, the extra sweat makes it even easier for pollutants to stick onto our skin. Clog our pores. Have a party. Essentially, the heat is giving us congestion while drying us out.

What we need is to stick to our cleansing regime even more religiously with water-based products. We love lightweight products that lift impurities and hydrate, while revitalizing us from the heat. As always, we recommend double cleansing to thoroughly rid the extra layers of oil, SPF, and dirt.

Skincare Hero: Soothe – Hydro Cleanser

A sulphate- and paraben-free hydrating cleanser: Immerse your skin in a sea of calm. Made up of 80% pure Aloe Vera, 8 natural ingredients and free from sulfates and parabens, this gentle cleanser hydrates even sensitive skin while freeing it from impurities, ensuring a clear and glowing complexion.

Tip: You might feel the urge to, but don’t over-cleanse or you’ll trigger more oil production once your skin gets tricked into thinking it’s too dehydrated / dry! Limit your washes to the AM / PM and use the right cleanser for your skin type.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 4: UP THE ANTIOXIDANTS.

Aside from sunscreen, it’s important to feed your skin with a heady brew of antioxidants, both topically and food-wise. Sunscreen and antioxidant-rich skincare products help act as a bodyguard for your skin externally, but UV rays sometimes inevitably still penetrates our skin. Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants, then, helps protect us within.

Skincare Hero: Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion

A lightweight lotion packed with antioxidants. With its concoction of natural Jojoba Seed and Rose oils, Vitamins E and B5, Sodium Hyaluronate and Hyaluronic Acid, it combats free radicals in our environment and stimulates regeneration in our skin. Damascena Rose extracts also help deeply hydrate the skin and improve its natural resilience.

Tip: Keep this lightweight mist in the bag for all-day revitalization. Spritz to instantly refresh and hydrate for a glowing, radiant complexion. At night, soak cotton pads with this lotion as a quick-fix mask for dehydrated, tired skin.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 5: TLC FOR YOUR EYES, TOO.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 5: TLC FOR YOUR EYES, TOO.

The area around our eyes are often neglected but they are delicate and even more vulnerable to dehydration and the resulting fine lines. Remember to shower it with love, moisture and gentle yet powerful ingredients that help smoothen and destress.

Skincare Hero: RevitalEyes – Multi-Peptide Silk Mask

Reduces fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and signs of aging in 20 minutes. Harnessing the ancient benefits of silk, this mask contains 10 active ingredients to counteract the effects of stress around the eyes. The combination of Collagen, Algae Extract and Antarcticine de-puffs the eyes by reducing excess fluids, and promotes circulation to reduce the appearance of eye bags.

Tip: Keep in fridge for an extra cooling treat for distressed skin.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 6: HELLO, ALOE.

Aloe vera is such a simple, unpretentious ingredient with amazing benefits — and it’s good for so much more than sunburns and soothing inflamed skin! It also helps heal, protect, reduce the appearance of blemishes… it’s also a wonderful water bomb for your skin, which is why it’s a key ingredient in many of our skincare products.

Foresee yourself overdoing it this summer? Prep and step up your repair game with our #1 fix.

Skincare Hero: Soothe – Aloe Recovery Gel  

Distressed skin requires a special touch. This weightless curative gel, suitable for any epidermal ills ranging from pimples to open wounds, not only repairs skin but increases its resilience over time. The feathery texture and anti-inflammatory properties also work to keep the skin cool and soothed.

Tip: There are many kinds of aloe vera plants, but there is one that is most beneficial for us. Look for products that contain Aloe Barbadensis, i.e. “true aloe”. The gel from this plant contains chock-full of nutrients for humans that help with cellular regeneration, hydration and anti-inflammation. Plus, look for products where the Aloe Barbadensis is the first ingredient on the list, or you’re simply buying a watered down, ineffective version.

SUMMER SKIN TIP 7: AMP IT UP WITH THE ULTIMATE RESTORATIVE TREAT

Props to you if you’ve noticed that our summer skincare revolves around protection, hydration, calming and recovery. Aside from homecare, in-spa treatments can really help to repair overindulgence in the sun. Seek treatments that incorporate the same steps, with hydration being the most important factor as it plays a part in soothing and healing the skin as well.

Skincare Hero: Sun Rescue

Soothe sun-damaged skin instantly with a combination of Oxygen- and Cryo-therapies to calm, stimulate repair, shorten recovery time and reduce skin sensitivity. Our tinted moisturizer with sunscreen is applied after to retain the facial’s effectiveness.

Tip: The Sun Rescue facial isn’t just for skin that might’ve suffered with all the sun and fun! It’s perfect for people with sensitive, dehydrated skin and is our clients’ go-to when they need a quick, calming moisture boost.

SUMMER HEROES

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2x REVITALEYES, Multipeptide Silk Mask
2x HYDROCARE, Bio-Cellulose Mask

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Summer Skincare Kit @ $88 (U.P. $105)
1x SOOTHE, Deep Hydrating Lotion (30ml)
1x SOOTHE, Hydro Cleanser (30ml)
1x SOOTHE, Aloe Recovery Gel (10ml)
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“IT’S NOT THE TEMPERATURE THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BUT THE HUMIDITY… IF THE AIR IS DRY AND HUMIDITY IS LOW, THEN REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT’S HOT OR COLD, YOU CAN ESSENTIALLY USE THE SAME PRODUCTS. BUT WHEN THE HUMIDITY IS HIGH, YOU NEED LIGHTWEIGHT TEXTURES.”

D R  E N G E L M A N

Stay True,

You could spend a bomb on anti-aging products but look terribly old if you don’t invest in the right eye skincare. With its skin being ten times thinner than the rest of your face, the eye area requires the most care. We discuss how to provide the right care for the most delicate part of your face.

Did you know?

The average human blinks around 10,000 times a day. Having this fragile skin overexert itself like that, it comes as no surprise that the first tell-tale signs of your age show up here. As you age, collagen and elastin production decelerate and the skin loses what supports its shape. This is when the skin sags, and fine lines (or laugh lines) appear around the eye.

To avoid this, most people run looking for the richest eye cream.

That, however, is a grave misconception. Thick formulas that are overly emollient on the skin around the eyes can cause milia seeds. (Read more about what milia seeds are here)  When the product is too thick to be quickly absorbed by the skin, it could cause clogging, thus leading to tiny seeds around the eye area. Instead, opt for lighter gels or serums that penetrate the skin quicker.

Overexposure to sunlight is also a major factor of aging around the eyes.

Therefore, be sure not to forget the SPF for your eye area! Caring for the skin around your eyes should start as early as 25, but it’s never too late to start.

Not having enough sleep every night?

Puffy eyes, unsightly dark eye rings and huge eye bags are your eyes form of protest. The blood vessels supplying oxygen and nutrients are smaller in thin skin, and therefore the skin under your eyes are more susceptible to the issues your body face.

65(blog)FIX IT!

Packed with 10 active ingredients, Porcelain’s RevitalEyes Multipeptide Silk Mask is intelligently designed to counter brightening, anti-aging and puffiness around the eye. It taps on the ancient benefits of silk and reduces the appearance of delicate lines, bringing a brighter glow to your eyes. Apply it diligently twice a week, on top of the use of your eye product, and experience, firmer, tauter and brighter eyes!

Here are some quick and easy DIY remedies compiled for you to use at home everyday. Choose a few that suit your skin’s needs and reveal more radiant, youthful, smoother and softer skin!

For dry skin

Plain Yoghurt & Oatmeal Masks

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Ingredients:

–        2 tbsp of plain yoghurt
–        1-2 tbsp of cooked oatmeal
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix everything into a paste
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

Apple-Honey Mask

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Ingredients:

–        1 apple
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Blend both apple and honey in a blender until smooth
  2. Apply on your face and leave on for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse off

 

For oily skin

Lemon Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients:

–        ½ lemon
–        ½ cup sugar
–        1 tbsp of honey
–        1 tbsp of olive oil

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients together and mix, then place your mixture in a jar
  2. You may concentrate application on rougher and duller areas like elbows and knees
  3. When applying on face, use in gentle circular motion
  4. Best to use once or twice weekly

 

For acneic skin

Plain Yoghurt & Aspirin Masks

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Ingredients:

–        2-3 tbsp of plain yoghurt
–        5 crushed aspirin
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix everything into a paste
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

 

For dull skin

Honey-Fruit Mask

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Ingrediens:

–        1 Banana
–        1 tsp of honey

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Ingredients:
–        1 apple
–        1 tsp of honey

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Ingredients:

–        1 lemon
–        1 tsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix the juice of your selected fruit with honey
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

 

For dark circles

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Egg white eye mask

Ingredients:
–        1 egg white

Steps:

  1. Beat 1 egg white and apply it under your eye
  2. Leave on for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

Good luck! And remember to be diligent in your skin care routine, it will certainly pay off 🙂

The skin surrounding your eyes is one of the most sensitive areas of the body and hence, needs to be given special attention. This tender area, which is ten times thinner than the rest of your skin, is often exposed to an array of problems like puffy eyes, dark circles, wrinkles, loss of eyelashes and fine lines. Having a beautiful face but with wrinkles around the eye can make a person look old.

Thus, to maintain a youthful appearance, eye skin care is an absolute must. Thankfully, nowadays, there are a wide range of beauty treatments and products which can effectively treat the skin around the eyes. Then there are the various home remedies that can be used to cure puffy eyes and other problems without any side effects.

Drinking plenty of water and digging on fruits and vegetables is the key to healthy skin and will go a long way if you want to take care of your eye skin. Read on to find out how to get rid of baggy eyes and dark circles, secrets of healthy and beautiful eyes and much more.

How To Get Rid Of Baggy Eyes And Dark Circles

Getting dark circles and baggy eyes has now become a common problem and haunts both old and middle-aged people and even youngsters these days. Stress, late working hours, faulty diet, etc can be blamed for causing puffy eyes and dark circles. However, it can be easily sorted out if you follow few precautionary measures and take effective steps. Read further to know how to curb the problem.

  • Mash a tomato well into a paste. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and lemon juice and apply this mixture underneath the eyes. After a period of ten minutes, wash your face with water. Do this regularly to ward off the dark circles.
  • Take a few drops of almond oil and massage it gently under your eyes for ten minutes to treat dark circles.
  • Take a bowl of ice cold water and dip two cotton wool balls in it. Now, take them out and squeeze out the excess liquid. Next, place the cotton balls on your eyes until they become warm.
  • Cut a cucumber into thick slices and place a slice over each eye. Lie down for ten to fifteen minutes and relax with your eyes closed. By doing this, not only your eyes get rejuvenated but it also aids in getting rid of tired and puffy eyes.
  • Another way to cool your eyes is to apply chilled tea bags or by wrapping an ice cube in a soft cloth and then placing it over your eyes.

Healthy And Beautiful Eyes Secrets

  • Drink plenty of water to keep your eyes well-moisturized and sparkling.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as it causes redness in the eyes.
  • To add a glamorous touch to your eyes and make them look attractive, use eye lash curlers. Many beauty stores today sell ordinary metal eye lash curlers at reasonable prices.
  • Avoid junk and salty foods as they cause water retention, which in turn makes the skin near the eyes bloated.
  • Wear glares to protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Buy branded sun glasses as cheap ones are harmful.
  • Every morning, splash your eyes with generous amounts of water to keep it cool and clean.
  • Gorge on foods that are rich in vitamin A and C such as mangoes, oranges, spinach, fish, pumpkins, tomato, capsicum, cabbage, and the like.
  • Constant glaring at computers or TV can damage your eyes so take few minutes break from time to time.
  • Avoid reading in dim light or working in front of the computer system for long hours as this will lead to dark circles and baggy eyes.
  • Taking adequate rest and sleeping for at least seven to eight hours is a must to keep your eyes glowing.