Fixing Under-Eye Flaws

Aesthetics Hub | 28 May 2013

No matter how much I sleep, my eyes still look tired with very noticeable dark circles and puffiness. How do I get rid of them?

Dark circles around the eyes can be caused by many factors - lack of sleep, allergies, a cold, smoking, fatigue, improper care or even the genes your parents have passed on to you. Actually, it is impossible to expect the area around the eyes to be the same colour as the rest of your face. The skin under the eyes is very thin and delicate, and the blood vessels can show through it more visibly, giving the under eye area a bluish, purple cast.

While getting rid of the circles completely may be impossible, an easy way to hide them is make-up. A good concealer should be able to fade out the darkness, provided that you choose the right colour. Ask an assistant at your trusted beauty counter for advice.

Other home remedies include putting cold spoons, cucumber slices, chilled tea bags, or a package of frozen peas under your eyes. The idea is to use coolness to reduce swelling and cause blood vessels underneath the eyes to constrict, making the area appear less dark.

In persistent cases, it is best to seek advice from a dermatologist. There is a wide range of possible solutions, from something non-invasive like prescription cream and laser treatment to a more invasive option like surgery.

If the cause of your dark circles is hyper-pigmentation or sun damage, a long-lasting option would be to get an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment or pigment removal laser to reduce pigment cells and smooth up the skin. This option might be less successful if the cause is not pigmentation but thinness of the skin.

Some people choose to get hyaluronic fillers injected under their eyes to correct the contour of the eye socket, making it look plumper and therefore brighter. This option, however, must be considered with great care because anything involving a needle and the eyes can go regrettably wrong if done by an untrained hand.

Whether your cause is hyper-pigmentation, skin thinness or temporary factors, universal rules for brighter eyes include getting enough sleep, reduce alcohol, caffeine and smoking, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of fluids, moisturise regularly and always wear sunscreen.

The most effective eye-brightening tip may also be the easiest one to implement: Smile. Positivity has amazing effects on the health and the skin, and who's going to notice those circles when you have such a big, lovely smile on your face?

Source: Nation Multimedia

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