I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I'm exhausted, you guys. I work three jobs, seven days a week. As in, all the days of the week. (Don't let The Beatles fool you!)
And that's totally fine. My bank account is grateful for it, and truthfully, if I weren't keeping myself busy with work, I would be sitting on my ass in yoga pants despite never doing yoga, ordering burrito delivery while drowning in a Wikipedia wormhole for hours on end (not that there's anything wrong with that). It feels good to be busy and productive, but it can take a toll on one's physical appearance after a while.
Most days I emerge from my sleeping chambers with the greyish skin of an Area 51 alien and the puffy face of someone who's enjoyed too much MSG. It takes a lot of hydration (and a lot of coffee) along with some strategic product application to get me feeling like I'm back in the realm of the living.
While I think eye bags can be kind of sexy (see: Serge Gainsbourg), I'm grateful to fake awake and avoid those three little words that well-meaning strangers and pals alike love to bestow: "You look tired."
Without further rambling, here are the goods I've been using to give off the appearance of a socialite who naps during her weekly spa massage.
I don't actually see the hullabaloo about concealing dark circles. As I've mentioned before, they're usually hereditary and inevitable. I am, however, averse to puffy eye bags.
I've been a puffy person since birth (shout-out to my cousin, The Michelin Man), and I try to avoid looking like a blowfish as much as possible. The area this tends to show the most is in my cheeks and below my eyes, which is why I'm such a fan of Charlotte Tilbury's new 2-step wand.
Charlotte understands that concealer alone is not gonna make your eyes pack up their bags. The first step, an eye cream, minimizes the puffiness and hydrates the delicate eye area to get rid of that dry, swollen, allergic effect that I've become so used to. It's full of hyaluronic acid, along with a bunch of other ingredients I can't spell. Then the second step, concealer, colour-corrects away any bruise-y looking shadows one might want to hide. It's so pigmented and creamy, I use it on the redness around my nostrils, too.
Applied in succession, they make you look like a healthy, well-rested person, even if you aren't. Plus, that price for these two products together, well, it ain't so bad.
Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate, $46
Tamanu oil is an ingredient that's slowly gaining more and more hype. Years ago, I saw it in health-food stores, recommended as a hydrating, nourishing alternative to regular moisturizer. Then I read about a runway model who said she always slathered herself with it after Fashion Month to bring her tired, stressed-out skin back to health. THEN it popped up on the ingredients list in RMS's lovely Beauty Oil, and that was when I knew that the beauty world had really caught on.
Now it's a featured ingredient in Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate, along with energizing ginger root and light, silky sunflower oil, all proven to invigorate the skin when it's perhaps not ready to wake up just yet. This oil has a dry texture, meaning it sinks in immediately and leaves your skin feeling so soft and perfectly prepped for sunscreen and makeup application. It's also paraben- and mineral oil-free, noncomedogenic and non-acnegenic. Plus, the refreshing scent offers a lil' aromatherapy.
I think all vitamins and supplements should taste great and be in candy or liquid form, because I'm an adult and I deserve that.
Fountain got the memo and created a line of xylitol-sweetened, highly concentrated, drinkable supplements with various beauty and health purposes (collagen for anti-aging, vitamin B for energy, silica for hair, zinc for foggy brains). My favourite is the Hyaluronic Molecule, a ginger-flavoured, gloopy syrup that, when added to a bottle of water, gives you a hyaluronic boost that helps keep your skin dewy from the inside.
In case you didn't know, hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body. It's in our joints, our eyeballs, in scabs to help them heal — it acts as the body's natural WD-40 to keep things working smoothly. When used for skincare purposes, hylaluronic acid traps moisture in the skin and nourishes the cells around it, allowing it to stay hydrated better, and for longer.
I notice when I regularly drink the supplement that my skin accepts topical products better and holds that "just-moisturized" feeling much longer. Drinking more water in general helps, too, though. I go through a little over two litres a day to counteract the dehydrating effects of my caffeine problem.
- Are you tired, too? What products do you use to keep it a secret?
- How do you feel about drinkable vitamins? We're getting so close to being the Jetsons, guys.
- Wanna chat about hyaluronic acid?