“I tried fa­cials for my sleepy eyes”

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty/Skin - – Kathryn Erick­son

When I was at univer­sity, I went to visit my best friend Wil­liam. I asked him whether I would fit into the bustling me­trop­o­lis where he lived.

“No, you don’t have the eyes,” he said, point­ing to the area be­low his pupils. “If you lived here, this would be all dark.” Six-plus years af­ter mov­ing there, I have the eyes – and then some. So when I got en­gaged and be­gan plan­ning my wed­ding (usu­ally be­tween 11pm-2am), I went from look­ing like I needed a nap to look­ing like I needed a vi­ta­min B in­fu­sion.

I tried serums and creams. And ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly helped a bit. But my dark cir­cles still pro­gressed from pale laven­der to egg­plant, and I de­vel­oped a long ‘puffy face’.

On a trip to Paris, af­ter a few nights of jet­lag-in­duced in­som­nia and a diet of pas­tries and crêpes, I took my tired face to the spa. For me, a good fa­cial in­cludes ex­trac­tions and heavy-hit­ting ex­fo­liant. Here, I re­ceived an in­tense deep-tis­sue face mas­sage, de­signed to stim­u­late my mus­cles and keep my skin from droop­ing. It worked. I emerged with fa­cial con­tours I didn’t know ex­isted, and the un­der-eye dark­ness was less dra­matic.

Back at home, my face was back to its wa­ter-re­tain­ing self. So I made an ap­point­ment to see a celebrity fa­cial­ist whose ros­ter of clients read like an awards cer­e­mony nom­i­na­tion list. Her fa­cial uses a mi­cro cur­rent ma­chine, which does to your face what a Pi­lates class does to your butt. Her tools jolted my mus­cles into for­ma­tion. She worked the mi­cro cur­rent wand along my brows while elec­tronic patches gen­tly pulsed along my neck, jaw­line and cheeks.

Af­ter that, my face looked sculpted, my brows more arched and my eye­lids smooth. Kate Winslet had three fa­cials in a week be­fore the Os­cars. I get it.

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