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Is it possible to reduce puffiness and dark circles in a natural and simple way without the need for expensive creams and treatments?

According to Lisa Harris, skin expert and founder of Lisa Harris Skin Science, a face and body clinic chain in the UK, we certainly can and it won’t really cost a thing.

Lisa, whose clients include TV’s Ruth Langsford, Jason Gardiner, and Lizzie Cundy, has a more natural approach to treating ageing signs, eschewing the usual route of Botox and fillers for her clients.
With 27 years of experience in the industry, Lisa has a more holistic approach, using light therapy, ultrasound, and oxygen treatment to lift, firm, and revive older skin.

Lisa says the first step to reduce puffiness and dark circles is proper daily care, how we treat this area of skin is vital.
She explains saying, ‘The eyes are the first telltale sign of ageing because it’s the thinnest part of the skin and is more sensitive to products and food. Stay away from cleansing wipes, as these will cause dryness and irritation when you wipe over the eye area too much. This is due to the lack of lipids being produced within that area.’

‘I always advise my clients to opt for using an organic, natural carrier oil instead, such as coconut, olive, or almond oil. The oil leaves your eye and eyelashes moisturised, a perfect 2-in-1 product. Always rinse the oil from the eyes until no residue is left on the eye area and then seal in with an eye cream, not a face cream. Face creams are too heavy for the eye area, causing fatty deposits and puffiness.’

In her clinic, Lisa says tips on how to reduce puffiness and other ageing signs are often asked for. She says, ‘I’m always asked about what causes dark circles or puffiness around the eyes and how to revive them to look brighter and more lifted. If eyes are puffy, then this is linked to lack of sleep, hormonal changes and food sensitivity.’

To combat this at home, Lisa has a great eye treatment that anyone can follow, she suggests the following.

‘To start, rinse the face in lukewarm water and then soak a cotton wool disc in cold ice water and slices of cucumber. Apply the cotton disc to the eye area to wake up and stimulate the eye area (two minutes) and then apply thinly sliced potatoes to each eye.’

Lisa explains how potato works for the delicate eye area saying, ‘Potatoes contain an enzyme called Catecholase, which contains skin-lightening properties that help reduce under-eye circles.’

‘This then can be followed by a light oil (coconut oil) to perform a lymphatic eye massage to drain away any fluid and lift the eyebrow area,’ she adds. ‘To drain the fluid around the eye, just gently massage with your index finger with small circular movements and then around the eye in a figure of eight, followed by a draining technique towards either side of the nostrils.’ If you have a jade roller you could use this instead and continue to over the whole face for maximum drainage.

To boost this lymphatic drainage effect Lisa says, ‘Pump twice and then continue massaging with index fingers down towards the earlobes and pump twice again (like a slow tapping release movement). This aids detoxification and drainage. Now, with your index finger cushioned under the brow, lift and hold whilst blinking many times. This will strengthen the eye muscle area to give an instant eye lift effect.’

Lisa says the combination of caring correctly for the eyes combined with treating them to lymphatic massage and soothing cucumber along with brightening potato slices can be done as needed, but that sunscreen should always be worn on the eye area.

Add to that, special eye care in the form of hydrating or firming serum and eye cream will also help reduce puffiness and dark circles. Basically, we need to put the work in to care correctly for this delicate area of the face if we want to slow ageing signs.

Read more here: www.evoke.ie

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