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Kitchen Confidential: An Instant Remedy for Younger-Looking Eyes

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cara-delevingne-cropThis column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Mila Moursi, aesthetician and founder of Mila Moursi Skincare

“I learned a lot of recipes growing up in France where there’s an emphasis on natural remedies to supplement spa treatments and products. As part of my training, I worked with a brand in Paris that made organic skin products created that day for the customer, so home remedies have always been part of my philosophy. This one is my favorite for making eyes look less tired and puffy. I like to use either camellia oil—which has essential fatty acids, such as omega-9, as well as vitamin E, plant proteins, and collagen to revive the skin—or wheat germ oil, a rich source of vitamin B and folic acid to nourish the eye area and treat fine lines and wrinkles. To get the most benefits from this recipe, buy the best-quality oils you can find.”

One for the Recipe Box: A DIY De-Puffing Procedure
1/2 cup cold milk
A few drops of camellia oil or wheat germ oil
Two slices of chilled cucumber or lemon

“Create a cold compress by dipping a washcloth in milk and pressing this over closed eyes for a few minutes in the morning. The combination of the cold plus the lactic acid in the milk constricts blood vessels and hydrates the skin. Next, pat on camellia oil or wheat germ oil, then apply the chilled cucumber slices for about fifteen minutes. This has an astringent-like effect to rid puffiness and soothe swollen skin. If you have dark circles, lemon slices are wonderful to use instead since the fruit has a whitening enzyme. But keep in mind that lemons are photosensitive, so this treatment is best used at night. Afterward, finish with a serum to moisturize so the skin around your eyes looks smooth and firm.”

Photo: Instagram

A Sight for Sore Eyes

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Absolue L'Extrait Yeux - cropAdding another step to one’s skincare routine isn’t the most tempting prospect. With cleansers, scrubs, toners, serums, moisturizers, and peels, it can be difficult to feel anything resembling “low maintenance.” So forgive me if, when presented with eye masks (not shown), cream, and a rose gold-tipped wand, I was a bit skeptical.

Lancôme’s Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Eye Contour Collection marries the aforementioned masks with the Ultimate Rejuvenating Balm-Elixir, a dynamic duo that promises to smooth, plump, and firm fine lines in six weeks. The Balm-Elixir is formulated using native cells from the beauty brand’s signature rose—and lots of them. Up to two million of these cells go into each jar of thick, velvety cream, which sinks in speedily but is rich enough to combat dry, crepey skin under eyes. Applying the formula five minutes pre-concealer in the morning left me with a smooth, even canvas for makeup, and no cakey buildup. The accompanying “massaging eye petal” applicator—on top of being inarguably attractive—boasts a rolling, faceted head that cools and banishes puffiness.

The included eye masks (six sets) are the icing on a highly effective cake. Made from bio cellulose, these pillowy pads are best used on top of the Balm-Elixir once a week. Just ten minutes of use left my allergy-sunken under-eye skin looking plumped and noticeably brighter.

Together? It’s a one-two punch that, yes, warrants just one more step.

$250; www.lancome-usa.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme