No More Dark Circles

BY KUDI MARADZIKA

"Bag lady you gone hurt your back
Dragging all them bags like that".

                              BAG LADY

Curses! So you spent a little too much time in front of your machine at work or you didn't sleep nearly as much as you should've last night binge watching the new Star Trek. 🖖🏽Whatever the reason, you've woken up with dark circles so pronounced it looks like you're still have zombie make up on from Halloween. 💀👻 Usually, a good nights rest helps banishes them back to the dark hole they came from, but what happens when some good old shut eye doesn’t do the job? 🙀😳

We’ve tested a few miracle products that turn back the hand of time...or Netflix, with one simple squeeze, dab and rub-in. Here are some of our tried and tested solves. Because we got you 😉, we have a reviewed a range of products that will fit every wallet. Time to throw those bags away ladies!

 

 

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Cream.

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WHAT IS IT?:

A miracle in a tube! This product reduces fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area, moisturizes skin, brightens dark circles, and alleviates puffiness. It’s light to the touch and has a nice neutral smell.

 

"Vitamin A and Niaciamide are basically  a push up bra for your eyes."

 

THE SCIENCE:

This product contains half of the top listed chemicals needed to protect your skin from anti-aging. It’s packed with all the good stuff, retinol, a form of Vitamin A and Niaciamide, a form of Vitamin B. Both are super potent ingredients that minimize of lines and wrinkles...basically they're a push up bra for your eyes. Niaciamide especially helps plump up your skin like a ripe peach 🍑 and reduces those solar eclipse like dark circles.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

This doesn’t come cheap but it certainly does the job and all you need is just a tiny bit. I used this for a week. Admittedly I didn’t notice anything until I didn’t seem to need to use concealer anymore. My under eye bags are still there, but the puffiness has gone down significantly. Indications in packaging say to keep using the product for two weeks until a visible change is noticeable.

FINAL VERDICT:

Definitely packs a punch on the wallet and takes up to two weeks to see a change, but you know what? The A-Grade ingredients in this means this is more than an investment for your skin for the long haul and you’ll see results with some patience. Price is R 1000 but this can last you between three and four months.

 FULL INGREDIENTS:

Water (Aqua), dimethicone, methylheptyl isostearate, cetyl alcohol, diglycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, pentylene glycol, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, PEG-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, isohexadecane, dimethicone crosspolymer, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, retinol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, arginine/lysine polypeptide, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, camellia sinensis leaf extract, caffeine, aleurites moluccana seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, urea, glucosamine hci, algae extract, yeast extract, termella fuciformis polysaccharide, fraxinus excelsior bark extract, niacinamide, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, bisabolol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, saccharomyces lysate extract, hesperidin methyl chalcone, steareth-20, dipeptide-2, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed extract, hydrolyzed lupine protein, corallina officinalis extract, dimethiconol, glycerin, butylene glycol, silanetriol, potassium citrate, aminomethyl propanol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, oleth-20, carbomer, polysorbate 20.

 

 

Dermalogica's Stress Positive Eye Lift.

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WHAT IS IT?:

A science fiction like tube that packs as much sci-fi magic to your under-eye bags 🤖.This is definitely one of my favorite products of the year. The metallic applicator makes applying the product a dream. Not only does this plump up puffy looking eyes almost instantaneously, it also leaves a lovely glowy touch finish to your skin. 😸😸😸😸

THE SCIENCE:

This product contains wild indigo seed extract, also known as yellow broom and clover broom, brightens dark under-eye circles by stimulating blood circulation. The product also contains, sea water extract which contains higher levels of sodium chloride and small parts of magnesium, sulfate and calcium. These are all the perfect ingredients to stimulate and refresh the area under your eyes.

 

"I only used this once and immediately I could see the magic."

 

THE BOTTOM LINE:

This doesn’t come cheap 💵💵 either but compared to the other Dermalogica product, the effects of this are a lot more evident and immediate.  I only used this once and immediately I could see the magic. 

FINAL VERDICT:

If you only get one product for your eyes get this. Bottom line is that it works and you won't really need anything else. But the hefty price tag of R 1 210 may dissuade some. But as with the above product, this will last you up to three months.

 FULL INGREDIENTS:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Tephrosia Purpurea Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Maris Aqua, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Hydrolyzed Algin, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Lactate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Sucrose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Linalool, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol.

 

 

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

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WHAT IS IT?:

Eye spy with my little eye a super quick and inexpensive solution to your eye bag problem. This nifty concealer works like a charm. I tried it for the first time after trying to convince a lovely sales lady at the Bobbi Brown counter in Sandton to give me a sample or two. ☺️. I guess I was super convincing....hey, samples are a consumer right! How else are you supposed to see if something works for you? 😎👀. Anyway after the samples ran out I actually went out of my way to buy this. This is a super portable nifty solution you can get for R 382. Dab some on before your foundation and you're gold. You can even use it without a full face of make-up. The shade may look too light as you but it on but get you blend-age on and work it on your skin.

 

"Dab some on before your foundation and you're gold."

 

THE SCIENCE:

This concealer acts like a priming canvas before foundation. The rich bisque color counteracts the darkness of the circles. The product is petrolatum based which some may not like but it works with just a little amount used. 

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Moderately priced product that does the job without breaking the bank. It's a great canvas to hide the solar eclipse underneath but this does crease as the day goes one. 

FINAL VERDICT:

Useful, compact and easy to apply product for those necessary emergencies.

 FULL INGREDIENTS:

petrolatum, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, tribehenin, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, oxokerite, lecithin, propylene glycol stearate, sorbitan laurate, polysorbate 20, propylene glycol laurate.

 

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