Reasons I can relate to a raccoon

Reasons I can relate to a raccoon

Are Raccoons your spirit animal?

Dark circles under eyes
Eats Junk
Stays up all night
A little chubby
Cute but may attack

Whilst you may wish it wasn’t so, the skin around your eye area will most likely be the first place to show signs of premature ageing and sun damage, making you look tired and older. I found this true for me more so after having children, maybe this was because I simultaneously hit my 30’s or possibly down to experiencing disturbed sleep patterns for the first time in my life.

The skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than anywhere else on the face, and we also use the muscles around the eyes a lot when talking and expressing ourselves so the constant movement attributes to the lines and wrinkles.

The thin skin is the reason why the eyes are usually the first place to experience a build up of vitamin A outside the cell wall resulting in negative response. Genetics play a major role as does ethnicity but we do have some very effective treatments that will certainly help.


Eye Cream

When treating the eye area we need lightweight active ingredients that will heighten collagen and elastic while also inhibit pigmentation which can add to shadowing in the eye area. Environ youth essentials eye gel has all of the above. This formulation had a glow up 18 months ago.

One new ingredient was added to Vita Peptide Eye Gel: Optim-Hyal™ which restores optimal cellular hydration by stimulating the skin to naturally synthesise and renew natural Hyaluronic Acid from within.

In only one month, OPTIM HYAL™ smoothes out the appearance of wrinkles, moisturises, and makes the skin more supple & resistant. This eye gel has consistently remained in the top 3 selling products for this brand from almost 15 years. If that’s not proof of its effectiveness enough.

Sun Avoidance + Sunscreen:

Invest in those sunglasses. When it comes to sun glasses make sure you choose a brand with UV blockers. My favourite are Muai Jim polarised glasses as they are market leaders with the health of the eye being their priority without compromising style.

I also love mesoesthetic repairing stick SPF 100 for localised protection. Perfect for the delicate area around the eyes as well as moles and wounds.

Vitamin A:

In terms of skincare retinoids have the best evidence for enhanced collagen levels. They also improve pigmentation. So as you climb the ladder and increase the dosage of Vit A in your topicals, make sure to carry this over the eye area too.


Cryotherapy is brilliant for dark circles & puffy eyes.

By 'cooling' the delicate skin, you constrict the capillaries which provokes elimination of toxins - whether due to too much salt or alcohol, lowering cell temperature is an excellent & proven way to tighten and brighten the orbital area. Learn more ℹ️


Heavy make-up can accentuate under-eye wrinkles

I am a huge fan of active light concealer from Jane Irdale. With cucumber and white tea extract it will calm and sooth tired, puffy eyes. Stand by for a new under eye concealer about to drop in. The coming weeks too

Beauty Sleep:

It’s not an urban legend, falling short on your Zzzz’s can cause circles and puffiness around the eyes to become more prominent. Over sleeping extreme fatigue, or just staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause dark circles to form under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show.

Lack of sleep can also cause fluid to build underneath your eyes, causing them to appear puffy. As a result, the dark circles you see may actually be shadows cast by your puff eyelids. The perfect antidote to poor sleep is our 100% Mulberry sleep silk set, from blocking out light, helping you doze off without any distractions or giving your eyes a break from looking at screens all day, they’re one way of improving your sleep without needing to reach for medicinal aids.

In clinic Procedure

And finally, say goodbye to dark circles, under eye bags, drooping eye lids and fine lines…mesoestetic global eyecon, a specific professional treatment to fight the signs of ageing and fatigue in the eye contour area.

Comprising of 6 sessions, alternating 3 periocular peel sessions with 3 trans-epidermal sessions. We have achieved some stunning results with this treatment to date and can’t wait to get back to it real soon to achieve more.

My Hero Products

Environ Youth Essentials Eye Gel

Cryo Therapy Globes

100% Mulberry Sleep Silk Set

Amelia joined our team in 2019 and brought with her a wrath of knowledge & experience. Having graduated from Bronwyn Conroy college in 2018 with an award for Determination and Persistence, she worked for the Marker Hotel as a spa therapist following this Amelia joined Portmarnock Hotel as an acting senior spa therapist. Amelia has a passion for skincare and to further develop this and other aspects of therapy she joined Monica Tolans team. Amelia loves her work and is renowned for her massages and well being treatments. She approaches all treatments with energy and enthusiasm , aiming to achieve the highest standards in client care. Amelia favours  the teamwork and support working at Monica Tolans provides. She is keen to expand her knowledge and participates in training and updating skills regularly with good humour and a genuine joy in the work she does every day. Helping people brings its own reward and Amelia relishes the opportunity Monica Tolans has given her to do just that.

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Thank you for reading (opening) my email, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed putting to together. Well done to all those that, like me, completed dry January, I assume knighthood will follow shortly as acknowledgement 😉

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