Under-eye bags are not fun. Sometimes when I wake up, they’re just there like small, annoying, fluffy pillows. It’s not always clear why they’ve decided to pay me a visit, but it can be anything from lack of sleep (or actually too much sleep), dehydration or the wrong kind of food. I have also understood that my bags are genetic (thanks, dad!) and that I just have to come to terms with the fact that they will pay me a visit from time to time. Nevertheless, even if you may not be able to fully get rid of the under-eye bags, there are a few tricks that reduce their visibility. These are my favourites:
An old housewife trick is to keep two bags of chamomile tea in your refrigerator. Place the cold tea bags under your eyes and let sit for 5-10 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea is said to have a contracting effect on the blood vessels and to counteract puffiness.
Get some fresh air! Go outside for a 30 minute power walk or run. This usually gets the circulation going and lessens the puffiness under your eyes.
If I have indulged a little too much in the wrong kind of food or drinks, the only way to go is to start fresh. Drink a lot of water, eat clean food and avoid alcohol and salt.
If you come home late and you know you won’t be able to get enough sleep, make sure you drink two tall glasses of water before going to It will help you prevent tired eyes in the morning.
Extra help for tired eyes:
Ultimate eye cream– includes the ingredient Eyeliss which prevents puffiness and reduces dark circles under the eyes by strengthening the capillaries in the thin area around the eyes.
Ageless eye cream – includes the ingredient Adipoless which reduces dark circles under the eyes
Moisturising eye gel – includes cooling Caffeine which has a light tightening effect that reduces puffiness. Store in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect.
Boost with moisture – all day My skin often feels dry after a day of sun and sea water. To avoid that tight feeling, I always bring mymoisturising facial mistto the beach. It instantly refreshes and moisturises the skin with extracts from Peach Leaf, Raspberry and Cucumber.
Multifunctional SPF You no longer have to choose between good sun protection or great looking skin. There are a lot of new high tech SPFs on the market that combines high protection with both color and caring ingredients. This onefrom Dr Dennis Gross contains SPF40 which protects against both UVA and UVB radiation, evens out the skin tone and gives it a nice, healthy glow.
Keep you Overnight Mask in the fridge If you still end up with a sunburn, try to rehydrate your skin properly and help it to recover. Treatment overnight repair maskis a repairing night mask which through independent studies has been shown to improve skin cell rejuvenation, at the same time as it softens and calms the skin. Store your Overnight Mask in the fridge during warm summer days for an extra cooling effect.
Double cleanse When it comes to keeping my skin fresh, cleansing is always my A, B and C. Sunscreen and sweat can make my skin feel clogged and impure, so to make sure I get rid of it all I like to cleanse my skin in two steps. I use my foaming cleansing facial washto work up a nice lather and wash my face, after that I sweep a facial tonerover face and neck, to get the last traces of product and restore the skin’s pH-balance.
Don’t forget your lips! Your lips are very delicate and needs protection from the sun just as much as any other part of your body – if not more. A sun stick or a lip gloss with SPF is a great way to both moisturise and prevent chapped and dry lips.
Amp up your Antioxidants Antioxidants are key during summer, and there are tons of ways to work them into your routine. Our moisturising serum contains both Antioxidants, which protects the skin from free radicals and premature skin ageing, and Hyaluronic acid, which boosts your skin with well-needed moisture. Don’t forget to fill up on antioxidants from the inside as well. My favorite sources during summer are blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Oily skin can be troublesome, especially for many young people. A small consolation may be that oily skin is said to prevent some of the wrinkles that come with age. Oily skin is characterized by a shiny T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and for instance enlarged pores and pimples.
Be extra thorough with your cleansing routine and use a en pre-cleanser to remove all traces of makeup.
Foaming Cleansing facial wash.
A facial toner helps to balance your skin.
Cleansing. Be extra thorough with your cleansing routine if you have oily skin. Cleanse your face both in the morning and the evening, but avoid using products that risk drying out the skin. If the skin is deprived of its natural oils the sebaceous glands will react by producing even more sebum! Instead, choose products that leave the skin clean and fresh at the same time as they soothe, balance and add moisture.
Lightweight day cream with Vitamin E.Rehydrating eye gel.
Moisturising. Choose a moisturiser that fits your skin, preferably one that will add lot of moisture. Oily skin does not need a rich cream, instead opt for lighter day and night creams that can add a lot of moisture and that quickly can be absorbed by your skin. If you have very oily skin, you can try to only use a moisturising serum and skip the cream altogether.
Remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
Treatment. Use a gentle enzyme peeling once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, dissolve blackheads and prevent new breakouts. Enzyme peel is an exfoliating mask, without scrubbing beans, that contains AHA- and BHA-acids (salicylic acid) that have a deep cleansing effect and that will keep your skin fresh and luminous. Avoid using exfoliating products containing mechanical scrubbing beans in your face since they may damage your skin.
… is to adjust your skincare routine after the season and to apply your moisturiser more often and more liberally. We are so good at always applying hand cream to keep our hands soft, and you simply have to treat the skin in your face the same way. Try applying your moisturiser more liberally and you will see a difference.
Are you dreaming of a natural, golden tan in time for New Year’s Eve? Follow these three steps to get an even bronze overnight:
1. Peel. Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells. Use a body scrub for your body and an enzyme peel for the sensitive skin in your face. Be thorough and pay extra attention to your knees and elbows that tend to be dry. 2. Moisturise. Make sure to really saturate your skin, and be careful not to miss any parts. Dry skin tends to soak up more bronzing product which can give you an uneven result. 3. Even out. The secret behind an even result is to take your time and massage the product into your skin. If you’re applying bronzer to your face, remember to fade out the colour around your hair line, brows, neck and ears.
Wash your hands repeatedly when you are done to avoid stains on hands, and don’t forget your cuticles and nails. Wait a few minutes before you get dressed, and make sure to use dark clothes that won’t suffer from discolouration. Magic!
Sure you can. What you choose to eat can affect your skin both to the better and to the worse. The most important thing is of course to enjoy good food and eat a varied diet, but sometimes you may feel the need to boost your body with some extra antioxidants (especially this close to Christmas). Our favourite sources of antioxidants at the moment are: Beets (red, yellow or polka), Raspberries, Artichokes, Strawberries and Blueberries.
If you’re having a hard time maintaining a clear complexion even though you have a good cleansing routine, there may be several hidden reasons as to why. One of them could be your makeup brushes that often hide both bacteria, dirt and excess oil that ends up on your skin. Wash them with regular shampoo and conditioner once a week and they’ll feel like new.