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Are Your Eyes Giving The Game Away?

4 June, 2018 - 05:51pm by - First Lady | 98 Comments

Poll posted by BR Natalie

Many a wordsmith has waxed lyrical about a woman's eyes.  The windows to the soul.  Shining bright like the stars. All that kind of stuff.

As lovely as that sentiment is, I'm guessing that these poets didn't look at our eyes after a heavy night, a tiring week or 5 years of being a parent. They certainly wouldn't be seeing windows or stars, more bags big enough to carry our groceries in, and circles so dark they'd be comparing us to a black hole in space.

If there's any part of your face that'll give the game away it's your eyes.  Whether you're tired, stressed, ill, dehydrated, hungover or just getting older, your eye area will show it.  

"Late night?", "You look tired", "What were you doing last night?"  Three sentences guaranteed to make you curse your preorbital dark circles.

What are dark circles?

Simply put, dark circles are the blood vessels under your skin.  Blood pools there for a number of reasons (commonly due to slower circulation, especially when you're tired) and the blood accumulation will eventually cause the capillaries to stretch and leak.

What causes dark circles?

Genetics. If you've inherited fair or thin skin under the eyes, it’s more obvious when blood pools there.  So thin skin + tired girl = major dark circles.   

Age.  Aging causes skin to lose collagen, sag and thin, so veins show through more prominently.  Exposure to sun speeds up this process by breaking down collagen and mottling skin color.  (In case you needed another reason to slap on the sunscreen!) 

Seasonal allergies. Allergies trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn inflame blood vessels and cause swelling.

How do I know the cause?

Look at your relations - it should be easy to tell if they're inherited.  A simple test is to gently stretch the skin under your eyes. If that area becomes darker, the circles are probably due to genetics or aging. If the color doesn’t change, UV rays or allergies are probably the cause.

We're putting the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream to the test.   It promises the results of a prestige eye cream, without the hefty price tag.

This hydrating product will instantly help reduce the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness to reflect the beauty of younger looking eyes..  It also acts as a light  concealer that matches most skin tones, evening and brightening the undereye area. 

And the most awesome thing?  charged with peptides, Vitamin B3 and Olay's colour-correcting technology, the cream renews skin surface over time, leaving your skin smooth, even and bright.  Be gone dark circles!

If you'd like to take this out for a spin, get chatting to us about your dark circles.  What do you think is causing them?  Do you usually use an eye cream for them?  What would you like a spot on this trial team?


Are Your Eyes Giving The Game Away?


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Panda eyes have been the feature of my face always. Please let me try and cure my dark craters under my eyes.

I would love to try this product. I have dark circles most day along with wrinkles and puffiness. I dont sleep well which is a major cause for these issues along with the busy life of a mum. A simple effective product would be fantastic as my morning routine time is very limited.

I have always had dark circles under my eyes.. aside from piling on concealer I am at a loss as to dealing with them.. :-(

Panda eyes, puffy eyes and lines - would this smooth it all out, would definitely be willing to make this tired mum look way less shattered

Yes please - the eyes are one of the key things that show age and I am sad to say that I am starting to see fine lines creep in around the eyes and would love to try something that can keeps the wrinkles at bay while hydrating this area.

My age is the cause! I've hit 40 and the skin under my eyes is thinner :( I also have trouble getting quality sleep due to fibromyalgia. I welcome anything as my dark circles can be nasty!!!

At the age of 55 I would love a spot on this trial as the area around the eyes certainly show the worst of the aging. I have always used eye cream so would be great to try one that is different having the concealer mixed in.

I have all 3 - dark circles, puffy in the mornings, and wrinkles- so im seriously needing a product like this - full time busy mum who works, doesnt sleep well, so need quick fix for mornings, and the colour looks good as i have olive skin - pls let me give it a go.

I would love to find something that works to reduce the baggy eyes. Shift work kids and now grandchildren all take there toll over the years. To find something like this to solve the problem would be amazing

I would love to give this one a whirl, targeting dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness all in one go would be great. I've never found anything which will deal to the dark circles and puffiness.

Oh please sign me up for this! When I'm on holiday the skin around my eyes turns back to skin colour... when I'm at work it's various shades of blue and grey and puffy to all hell. The world thinks i'm tired all day every day, thanks to the bags under my eyes. After using the Dragons Blood Eye repair creme for a while now, I'd like to try a new one. Thanks

Ooooohhhhhh this looks very interesting, I’ve literally never thought of an eyecream/concealer and why???? What a great idea. I dont have dark circles but I do have bags and signs of aging and have just started to use a concealer under my eyes and being able to combine the two would be amazing (and so time saving).

I know the feeling -Good Luck

5th June, 2018 at 10:16 am

Sounds too good to be true

My under eye area is definitely the first area to show my age and I've been struggling on how to deal with it. Under eye creams seem to be either too greasy or not hydrating enough and concealers seem to always go cakey looking under the eye and settle into the fine lines so I would love to give this a good try.

I have suffered from dark circles my whole life! I still haven't come across a concealer or colour corrector to deal with these maybe this could help.

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