Five eye fresheners for life online
-Lois Joy Johnson
I spend eight to ten hours a day reading and writing at the computer, so puffy lids and tired eyes are not exactly strangers to my face. The term red eye used to be kinda glam for me, a badge of privilege for nights spent jetting back and forth between L.A. and N.Y. for celebrity shoots, followed by P.R. events in the wee hours at trendy downtown spots.
Well, in this recession, “celeb” pix are nearly all paparazzi pickups, and event-planning by P.R. people usually means a cup of coffee at Starbucks or “I’ll e-mail you the info.” Life online has the advantages of a flexible work schedule and the ability to attend “meetings” in your yoga pants, but staring at the screen from dawn to dusk and beyond means you’d better have an eye treatment or two on hand. Although specific ingredients target certain problems, most women say they have a combination of problems at any given time.
If you’re trying to combat these problems, here’s what you need to look for in a product:
Undereye puffiness responds to tightening ingredients like caffeine, algae extract, or yeast extract, all of which produce a “shrink-wrapped” effect on application.
Dark circles need fast-absorbing, non-greasy treatments so you can apply concealer immediately! Look for products with pigment brightening vitamin C, soy proteins, white birch, licorice extract or kojic acid.
Extremely dark circles with a brown, bruised look respond to the peptide haloxyl, which strengthens blood vessels and prevents the leakage that causes the darkness.
Stressed eyes that are red need optical diffusers to blur lines, with ingredients like antioxidants, botanical extracts, minerals and peptides to reinforce and firm delicate eye skin.
These are my current favorite multi-taskers for to freshen up tired eyes:
• Kiehl’s Eye Alert ($20.50, kiehls.com) has cooling cucumber, vitamin E and caffeine – a great lightweight antidote for weary contact lens wearers
• Cosmedicine Opti-mologist Eye Cream ($45, sephora.com)
has light diffusers, yeast extract and caffeine that quickly deflate bags and allow you to save your sunglasses for outdoors.
• Olay professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42, drugstores) has caffeine and niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is new, seriously loaded with the latest science and absolutely fabulous, you’d expect it to four times as expensive.
• Bliss Wrinkle Twinkle ($36, sephora.com) contains haloxyl in a brush pen applicator so you can toss it in your bag, and apply all day long. It also is makeup compatible, slides over or under with ease.
• La Mer The Eye Balm ($140, saksfifthavenue.com) has the mysterious La Mer marine botanical “broth” plus Brazilian malachite, and, yes, it’s pricey, but it has a cult following of beauty editor fanatics because it works.