Have you noticed dark circles, wrinkles or bags under your eyes? You’re not alone! The eyes are one of the first spots to reveal signs of aging, and this can occur as early as your 20s or 30s. The skin around the eyes in the thinnest on your body. For this reason, the eye area is sensitive to fluid accumulation, hollowing, and discoloration.
As we age, puffiness can occur as fatty tissue around the eye socket slowly pushes forward and fills in space below the eye. Also, some thyroid or kidney problems can cause under-eye fluid retention. The hollowing effect is created by a loss of volume that exposes the orbital bone, creating a hollow trough that shows up as a dark shadow. When dark shadows or bags linger, this is typically not temporary. Pigment issues that causes under-eye discoloration are common among people of Asian, Indian, or African decent and it may be something you’ve inherited. Age also contributes to dark circles. With age and environmental damage, the skin around the eye thins, exposing the tiny blood vessels that lie just below.
If your eye bags appear suddenly and you’re not suffering from allergies, a sinus infection or a cold, try changing your lifestyle. Your salt and alcohol intake; sleeping position, aggressive eye rubbing, and skincare routine are some of the many things to consider altering.
THERE ARE FIXES FOR UNDER-EYE FLAWS
Makeup can help conceal dark circles. Choose a lightweight liquid formula that won’t settle into fine lines. Using your ring finger or a soft brush, lightly pat the concealer from the inner corner to just past the outer counter of the eye.
- Switch your sleep position
Thanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. if you’re a side sleeper, you may notice a heavier bag and wrinkles on the side you sleep on. Try sleeping on your back and add an extra pillow under your head. This sleeping position will help lessen wrinkles too!
Rather than hiding the problem, skincare can help lessen the problem. SKinMedica® TNS Illuminating Eye Cream is a great choice due to its lightweight non-greasy formula. It contains light reflectors to help reduce the look of dark circles and growth factors which help diminish puffiness and fine lines while building collagen. At night, add iS Clinical® Youth Eye™ Complex for added hydration and wrinkle reduction. Always supply SPF before stepping out of the house and be sure to reapply every two hours. Colorscience® Sunforgettable Mineral Powder SPF 50 is an easy way to reapply SPF without having to redo makeup. There’s also an SPF 35 powder made just for the eye area.
Lasers and light treatments are other great options. Laser Genesis is a non-invasive treatment that helps reduce redness as well as plumps the skin’s own natural collagen. It can be applied up to the orbital bone, as well as full face. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is also minimal downtime laser that’s effective at treating red and brown pigment under the eye. For prominent blue veins under the eyes, the Excel V laser safely erases these veins with no downtime. Deep FX is a more aggressive treatment for wrinkles, pigment and skin tightening, and stimulates collagen more than any other laser. The resulting skin tightening effect sometimes mimics the results of a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
If topical options are just not cutting it, you may want to consider contouring with fillers. Fillers like Voluma are injected deep under the muscle rather than into the superficial layers of the skin and mimic a youthful look by correcting the contours of the eye sockets. For wrinkles around the eyes, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a FDA-approved injectable treatment that temporarily smoothes frown lines between your eyebrows and around the eyes. The treatment often lifts your brows, relieves eyelid heaviness and gives a more rested appearance to the eye area.
Originally from PRO Pulse September-October 2014
By Staci Sakariassen