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Dark circles begone: Four ways to brighten your tired eyes

Whoever says they don’t have tired eyes in this tech-addicted age has got to be lying. Luckily for us, there are a plethora of solutions to brighten your strained peepers, from handy tools specifically designed for eye rejuvenation to good ol’ fashioned serums to of course, the obvious: blissful spa retreats to give your eyes a much-needed digital detox. See below for our favourites at the moment.

The Philips Eye Brightener

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The latest product in Philips’ home beauty product range is the Eye Brightener, which has been all the rage recently on Hong Kong social media. Ever used the old home remedy of a chilled spoon to reduce eye puffiness? The Eye Brightener is the much more high tech version of that. The sleek temperature-controlled wand has three settings: two for a refreshing cold (7 degrees Celsius), or warm (40 degrees) compress, and one a three-step detox mode, to help improve circulation and get rid of dark circles. It comes in a chic rose gold and white model aimed at ladies, or black and silver for gents — named the ActivEyes but with no difference in functionality, it certainly makes for a more man-friendly grooming arsenal.

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$998 from all major electronic stores and department stores citywide, philips.com.hk

The Face Inc. Eye Lift


Newly landing in Hong Kong this month is beauty brand The Face Inc., which takes on a pharmaceutical edge to skincare — using its handy online service, you can literally get the right products prescribed to combat any and all sorts of skin concerns. And if tired, dark circles around the eyes is your main trouble area, The Face Inc’s newest Eye Lift product quells your concern by restoring lost collagen with a peptide- and Vitamin C-infused serum. The product boasts visible lifting around the eyes in just 30 seconds, and improved results after just 30 days of continued use. Lasting up to six weeks, an Eye Lift kit contains 16 ampoules, or syringe-style applications of the stuff, that you massage gently onto the eye area each day.

$899 from Mannings stores citywide. thefaceinc.com

SKII R.N.A. Power Eye Cream Radical New Age

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Part of SKII’s Radical New Age range of anti-aging products, its R.N.A. Power Eye Cream is once again an example of high tech derived from rustic sources. This time, this eye product aims to improve skin concerns such as fine lines, elasticity, skin texture and dullness, all of which are paramount for folks trying to fix their eye bags or dark circles. It uses ingredients such as yeast, soy and newfound herbal extracts, paired with SK-II’s miracle-working Pitera (which loyal fans of the brand will know comes from the yeast found in sake fermentation).

$750 (15g) from SKII; various branches including Shop No.1091A, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, sk-ii.com

90-minute Brightening Facial and Eye Treatment at Plateau Spa at the Grand Hyatt

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You might be always tempted to book your next tropical holiday — who doesn’t want to get off the grid for some serious R&R? — but why wait when you can easily escape from your devices for an hour or two just by booking into one of Hong Kong’s many fabulous spas? Grand Hyatt’s Plateau Spa in particular is offering seasonal spa treatment and product sets, perfect to prime your skin for the dry weather ahead. For a skin and digital detox, try the sumptuous 90-minute brightening facial and eye treatment, which uses rose quartz stones to hydrate and soothe tired eyes. Today, Plateau is still the only residential spa in Hong Kong, complete with ten guest rooms and a suite which all come equipped with whirlpool soaking tubs and almost all have private terraces. For the ultimate detox, why not book a stay overnight?

Treatment priced at $1,595 when booked online here. Plateau Spa, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7688, hyatt.com

Dark circles begone: Four ways to brighten your tired eyes

Evelyn Lok

Managing Editor

When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.


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