How-To: Reduce Puffiness, Dark Circles, and Wrinkles Around the Eyes

Written by Patricia FaleyMay 1, 2018

Read time 5 min


ch-how-to-reduce-puffiness-dark-circles-and-wrinkles-around-the-eyesAt just 0.5 mm wide on average, the eye area is one of the first to show signs of stress, aging or compromised health. Heredity, squinting, sun exposure and free radical damage further complicate matters by depleting natural lipids and reducing moisture levels. The results? Puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. With proper skin care and the following tips from Dermalogica skin experts, you can help combat these effects.

How to Best Apply Eye Treatments

Because of the delicate structure of the skin around the eyes, it's important to use a gentle touch. Also, for maximum results, apply your eye treatment on clean skin before you apply moisturizer. The latter can act as a barrier to your eye treatment.


Tap, gently massage and let it sink in for several minutes for best absorption and to help prevent your make-up from caking or sliding. Tip: Use your ring finger for the gentlest touch.


Pull at your skin, stretch it or rub too aggressively as you apply your treatment. This can accelerate wrinkles and further irritate the eye area.

Should you Apply Eye Treatments Day or Night?

It depends on the formula. While eye creams can help plump lines and soften wrinkles, those with more emollient ingredients can cause eye make-up to run. If shifting eye make-up is a concern, apply richer eye treatments at night and use light formulas and/or eye make-up primers in the daytime. Always wait for your eye treatment to dry before applying make-up.

How Do you Know Which Eye Treatment to Buy?

Many eye treatments are formulated to treat multiple skin concerns, but it's important to choose a product based on your top concern, as well as personal preferences such as how often you will apply the formula.

Photography: Courtesy of Dermalogica

About Expert
Patricia Faley has served the professional skin care industry for the last 30 years; trained in England she was an examiner for City and Guilds of London Institute and has a teaching diploma from Reading University.  Patricia has worked as a skin therapist, training instructor, spa and business specialist.  Her variety of industry experiences and her ability to adapt to global trends for use in the treatment room make her a much sought-after speaker throughout the U.S. and globally. As National Training Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, Patricia is responsible for mentoring and training the U.S. instructors in new techniques and curriculum.