Face it. You know that sleeping late, consuming junk foods, and alcohol isn’t doing you any good, and the changes become noticeable on your skin all the time. No longer your skin can bounce back as if you didn’t forget to wipe off your makeup last night. So, don’t be surprised to see dark circles around your eyes this time.
Sparks In Your Eyes
Why aren’t your eyes as bright as they used to be, anyway? You know your eyes didn’t even need a Teamine eye complex to appear healthy looking so, what’s going on? It’s all that stress, strain and pressure you’ve been putting your eyes and skin through, actually.
Here are some of the top causes:
1. Constricted capillaries and leaked fluids stuck underneath
Capillaries are so thin, tiny and delicate that they can easily burst. When it leaks fluids, the pigments of your blood dry out and that’s what stains your skin and show up as dark circles.
2. Habitual rubbing
Dark circles can well be bruises that have dried up on top of each other.
3. Alcohol intake, smoking and illicit drug use
These eventually lead to broken capillaries, compromised blood flow, and nutrient deficiency, to name a few, which affects your body, including how your skin health.
4. Chronic stress and sleeplessness
These factors put too much strain on your eyes. When your eyes dry out, the skin around your eyes lose moisture as well and become more vulnerable to breakage.
5. Sun damage
Unprotected sun exposure causes your skin to produce more melanin to protect your skin from getting burned.
Here are 7 ways you can try to brighten your eye area:
1. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy
Most dermatologists would suggest this treatment for under eye dark circles. Many wouldn’t recommend it for use around the eyes.
2. Chemical peel
Your skin specialist will prescribe a suitable strength depending on your skin type, tolerance to the chemical, and extent of pigmentation.
3. Skin resurfacing and tightening procedures
These procedures typically use lasers and radio frequency devices to pull up your skin. This will be more useful if your dark circles are caused by a shadow cast by puffy eyes.
4. Eye cream
Most of the time, it’s the only treatment most people with non-medical related dark circles really need, most especially if they’re still young and have no reason to have weak eye skin support. An eye cream that rehydrates your skin with the usual moisturizers will not be enough to lighten your skin. You need hyaluronic acid and co-enzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone) to keep the area continuously hydrated for long hours.
Other ingredients that will be required are skin lightening ingredients that have melanin-inhibiting properties, including retinol, kojic acid, licorice extract, and Vitamin C. Ceramides, peptides, Vitamin E, and circulation enhancing Niacinamide will also help. Most eye products, such as the Teamine eye complex, will have most or all of these ingredients.
5. Dermal fillers
If you can’t wait to see results, try a hyaluronic acid injection. It will address dark circles caused by chronic dryness, make your eye skin dewier and firmer.
Do not cross out makeup just yet. A good cover up remains to be a viable option if you want results right now. Start by exfoliating your eye area. Treat and plump with your eye serums and creams. Correct purplish circles by using a pink concealer to cancel out the pigmentation. Even out. Apply your foundation. Then, add another concealer, this time in your natural skin tone. Use high quality brushes and beauty sponges when applying your cover to make sure that these blend well and adhere better to your skin.
7. Use sunscreen for the eyes
This is one corrective measure that keeps adding up the benefits with regular product application. Sunscreen will help protect your eye area from further damage. Think of it as sunscreen buying your skin more time to cope with the damage that needs to be repaired. In time, therefore, your skin catches up and the surface begins to brighten up.
When your dark circles are caused by aging, Diane Von Furstenberg has this tidbit of wisdom to share: “Aging is out of your control. How you handle it, though, is in your hands”. When your dark circles remain persistent, consider the possibility that there may be an underlying health condition. Schedule an appointment with your physician to find out for sure.
Kelly Everson is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a fashion and beauty writer who has written numerous articles. She likes to get insights on various trends being followed in the fashion industry. She has been sharing her knowledge by being a contributor to various beauty, fashion and makeup related informative sites. She is also a regular contributor to The Beauty Insiders.