Monday, November 18, 2013

No More Panda Eyes: Banish Dark Circles TODAY!

[As published on HERE]

The modern woman is an expert multi-tasker. Some of us juggle work, motherhood, life (and more!) on a day-to-day basis without even batting an eyelash. Though Wonder Women we are (yay!), bionic women we sure are not.
Stress, fatigue and lack of sleep are the deadly causes of one of the biggest problems us women face: dark eye circles.
Also known in Asia as panda eyes, dark eye circles have a tendency to make you look drawn and haggard, no matter how good your skin is. Women who have delicate skin (no visible pores, very fair with a translucent quality) are more susceptible to obvious panda eyes. Here are some ways to banish dark undereye circles for good. Remember, it pays to be diligent, so don’t be lazy!

DIY instant eye brighteners
Need to look refreshed in a jiffy? Here are three home remedies that work:

Toner eye pack
  1. Remove all traces of eye makeup and cleanse your face.
  2. Saturate two cotton pads with your toner (make sure it’s alcohol-free!). The cotton pads should be thoroughly damp, but not dripping wet.
  3. Place the cotton pads over your eyes and relax for 10 to 15 minutes.  
  4. Remove the cotton pads and gently massage the eye area using your middle and ring fingers.
Tip: For an even more refreshing experience, soak the cotton pads and place them in a ziplock bag. Leave overnight in the fridge. Use in the morning after cleansing.

Cold spoons
  1. Get two stainless steel spoons without any sharp edges (the ones that you use on a daily basis will work fine).
  2. Prepare a mug of ice-cold water and a clean dry towel.
  3. Dip the spoons into the water and leave for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove and pat spoons dry with the towel.
  5. Place over your eyes with the curved side facing upwards, away from your eyes.
  6. Repeat 3 to 4 times.
Tip: Dipping the spoons in cold water ensures an icy feeling every time, as opposed to placing them in the fridge (which only allows you a one-time zing).

Chamomile tea compress
  1. Boil water and pour into a mug. Steep two chamomile bags for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags. (You can save the tea and drink it later!)
  3. Allow the tea bags to cool down and remove excess moisture with a clean kitchen towel.
  4. Place a tea bag on each eye and relax for 15 minutes.
Tip: Chamomile has soothing properties, and will help to lighten the appearance of dark circles and reduce puffiness. It’s also very calming for the body and mind!

Prevention is better than cure
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  1. Olay White Radiance CelLucent White Eye Roller, RM44.90
  2. Ginvera Green Tea Jade Dark Eye Circles Roll Away, price unavailable
  3. Garnier BB Eye Roll On, RM24.90
Tip: If your main concern is dark circles, opt for a roll-on eye serum, which has a cooling metal ball applicator to simulate the cold-spoon effect! Choose lightweight gel textures over rich, heavy creams.

Conceal those pesky panda eyes
Panda Eyes
  1. Laura Mercier Undercover Pot, RM129
  2. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, RM82
  3. Benefit Erase Paste, RM100
How to: Dot concealer sparingly along the undereye area and use your ring finger to blend, using tapping motions instead of rubbing it in. Set with a light dusting of loose powder.
Tip: Make sure you choose a colour that blends seamlessly into your skin, because looking like a reverse panda is also not cool (as kindly demonstrated by Eva Longoria).


  1. Very useful information described here . Thanks a lot :)

  2. Dark circles under the eyes are a common complaint of both men and women, although they can occasionally be seen in children. As people age, the skin becomes thinner and collagen is lost, sometimes enhancing the appearance of blood vessels beneath the eyes and making the area appear darker. Dark circles under the eyes are not necessarily a sign of tiredness, but stress and fatigue seem to worsen the facial appearance of many people, including their tendency to develop dark circles.

  3. Laser Skin Resurfacing and Mesotherapy are the most effective and most demanded treatment for dark circles around eyes.