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What can I do about dark circles under my eye?

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “What can I do about these dark circles and “bags” under my eyes?” I’ll give you the good news first—there’s lots that can be done to make them disappear, even if just temporarily. The bad news? Dark circles are largely genetic or can also be caused by allergies and aging, and the under eye puffiness is often due to aging. Which might mean that plastic surgery is your only option to eliminate the bags permanently.

So what’s a girl to do? Here are 5 ideas.

Darkened undereye circles, as I mentioned before, are largely genetic and affect fair-skinned people the most. The blood vessels expand and become more visible, leading to that tell tale bluish hue that makes you look tired and rundown. Caffeine, a vasoconstrictor, can be helpful in constricting these “stretched out” blood vessels and reduce the bluish appearance.

1. You can find caffeine in Dermalogica’s Total Eye Care (to the right) along with optical light diffusers that help brighten up the skin. Powerful plant extracts and skin-smoothing alpha hydroxy acids help to retexturize and reduce the appearance of puffiness. Bonus: It’s got SPF 15 in it, and y’all know I love me some SPF!

2. As an, *ahem*…aging woman, I also love Dermalogica’s MultiVitamin Power Firm (to the left). Its silicone based formula means that the concealer necessary to camouflage dark circles and puffiness goes on smoothly and won’t sink into my fine lines. With Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Seaweed Extract, this is my personal favorite!

3. Just like if you have swelling from a sprained ankle and apply an ice pack, applying something cold is very helpful for dealing with your undereye woes. Two easy ways to do this at home are with tea bags and spoons.

• To use the tea bags, place two used tea bags (try green tea for extra antioxidants) in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then apply to closed eyes for 15 minutes.

• For the spoon trick, place several spoons in the refrigerator until chilled, then apply the rounded side of the spoon to your closed eye until it warms up. Once warm, set the spoon aside and grab a chilly one and do it again.

4. Check your diet. Intake of alcohol and salt can really wreak havoc with your skin, leading to fluid retention and formation of undereye “bags”. If you’ve overindulged on the weekend or at a Super Bowl party (Go Panthers!), make sure you drink a lot of water too. When you consume plenty of water, the body knows it doesn’t need to retain extra water, so it will let it go, so to speak. This can really help get rid of the puffiness.

5. Learn how to apply your makeup and concealer in a way that best camouflages these trouble spots. Consult with one of Posh’s amazing makeup artists, or check out You Tube for tips and hints.

Stay healthy and hydrated this month and I’ll be back the first Wednesday of March with a new post to help you have your best skin ever!

XOXO,

Bonnie

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Video: Lipstick Tutorial w/ Lauren!

We’ve all dealt with the woes of lipsticking— the dry lips, the accidental smudges, the flaked-off bits of color. In this #weekendbeautytip, Lauren schools us on how to create the perfect pout via exfoliation, moisture, lipliner, stick, and even correcting those smudges so no one will know!

Just check out the video below! (And if you’re liking what you see, feel free to check out our new Youtube page chock full of great beauty tips and tutorials!)

 

Happy Lipsticking!

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EASY SKIN CARE RESOLUTIONS: Part 4!

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of January! How are you doing with your resolutions? I’m back today with our final two Skin Care Resolutions for your consideration. These last two might be tougher than our previous six, but even if you follow them a few days a week, you can reap amazing rewards for your skin!

RESOLUTION #7: Cut back on your sugar intake

Without getting overly scientific, the insulin spike that occurs in response to ingestion of sugary foods (or simple carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar) leads to the formation of advanced glycation end-products (or AGEs), which cause inflammation. The AGEs accumulate and causes your collagen and elastin to harden and break down, which leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. If that wasn’t bad enough, the AGEs also deactivate your natural antioxidant enzymes, making you more susceptible to sun damage and other oxidative stress. Natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables are fine; just avoid added sugars and junk food!

RESOLUTION #8: Cut back on your alcohol intake

Alcohol dehydrates your skin, leaving it dry and accentuating any fine lines you may already have. It also decreases your body’s stores of Vitamin A, which slows down cell renewal and turnover. It can make your face look bloated or puffy, and can lead to dilation of facial blood vessels that can exacerbate conditions like rosacea or acne and cause your cheeks and nose to appear red. If you’re going to imbibe, have a glass of water for every glass of wine or beer you drink. This will slow down the rate at which you’re consuming alcohol, which you’ll thank me for in the morning! It will also help keep your hydration levels up to combat some of the damage.

There you have it, folks — eight reasonably easy things you can do to have your best skin ever! In case you missed the first few easy resolutions, here they are). Join me next week for more skin care tips and education!

XOXO,

Bonnie

#bonnieknowsbest

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Announcement: We are closed today!

Dear clients,

We are closed, today January 22nd due to snow and ice conditions. Please stay safe out there! If your appointment is tomorrow (Saturday the 23rd), know that we hope to be open in order to keep our appointment with you. However, we are unsure what the weather holds. Please keep an eye on our blog and social media accounts to stay posted on if we are open tomorrow, and call before traveling! Much love!

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