What can I do to improve the appearance of under-eye circles?
“Dark circles under the eyes can make you look tired, hungover and sad. They can develop for a number of reasons although tend to be more common in ethnic skin types, with increasing age and those with a genetic predisposition. Dark circles can also be the result of allergies, eczema or hay fever. It sounds obvious, but getting adequate sleep is essential – aim for at least eight hours. Poor quality sleep, or a lack of sleep, can worsen dark circles. Try to limit alcohol and salty foods, which can cause dehydration and puffiness, making dark circles more prominent, and always wear an SPF as UV light can make pre-existing dark circles worse. Unfortunately creams that promise to get rid of dark circles rarely work.” – Anja
I find shaving aggravates my skin – what am I doing wrong?
“Always shave after cleansing and ensure your razor is sharp at all times. If you’re prone to sensitivity after shaving, finish with a product that contains hyaluronic acid, which is naturally moisturising. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, exfoliate first, then shave, and then apply diluted tea tree oil to the skin, finishing with your moisturiser.” – Terry
“Shaving cream can be an irritant. It may be worth switching to an aqueous cream, such as Dermol 500 – try shaving with this instead of shaving cream.” – Adam
“If you have red skin, chances are you have an impaired barrier function, meaning you need products that will calm, hydrate and restore. Look for products that contain niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, and avoid retinols. Taking the right supplements can also help – zinc is naturally healing and omega-3 improves hydration.” – Terry