Herworld (Singapore) - - SPECIAL - This reader wins a set of Prive Sk­in­works prod­ucts worth $252.40, com­pris­ing White Light­en­ing Wash, White Light­en­ing Toner, Triple Ac­tion Skin De­fence SPF50, and Honey Sooth­ing Cream.

QMy eyes are quite big, but I’ve had deep dark cir­cles and fine lines for years. Eye-care prod­ucts don’t seem to work. Will al­ter­na­tives like mas­sag­ing the area or us­ing fillers or bo­tulinum toxin work bet­ter? – Huang Peisi

AA change in life­style is the most nat­u­ral way to re­duce dark cir­cles. Get­ting bet­ter-qual­ity sleep, de­creas­ing your intake of al­co­hol, salt and MSG, and stop­ping the habit of rub­bing your eyes can sig­nif­i­cantly help. Try mas­sag­ing the area around the eyes in a rolling cir­cu­lar mo­tion, from nose bridge to tem­ples. This im­proves lym­phatic drainage and eases puffi­ness at the same time.

But it’s also cru­cial to con­sult a doc­tor to make sure that it is not an un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion, like anaemia or liver dis­ease, that’s caus­ing the dark cir­cles. If they are caused by sunken eyes or un­der-eye vol­ume loss, fillers can help by plump­ing up the area. To re­duce the ap­pear­ance of fine lines, in­ject­ing bo­tulinum toxin around the eye­lid mus­cle can help, and so can skintight­en­ing treat­ments like Ther­mage, or Elite Eyes ($118), a non-sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure that uses RF en­ergy.

You could also try Eye In­tense ($158), a treat­ment which uses a gen­tle vac­uum to in­crease blood cir­cu­la­tion, and in­cludes a gen­tle eye mas­sage to in­fuse the skin with skin­care am­poules. The treat­ment ends with an an­tiox­i­dant eye mask to nour­ish and recharge the skin around your eyes.

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