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!