5 ways to get rid of dark circles and eye bags
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From serums to surgery, there are plenty of options for perking up tired eyes. Star Chic’s fashion and beauty editor Michelle Martin looks at five ways to get rid of dark circles and eye bags…
The symptoms of the winter blues are manifold — excessive yawning, the desire to hibernate and a less-than-sunny disposition are just a few.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, our faces start to show signs of exhaustion in a way that can’t be concealed with multiple cups of coffee.
The most obvious indicators? Our eyes, or more specifically, the area under our eyes, which can appear puffy, sunken and any colour from aubergine to grey.
Which no one wants.
“There are lots of reasons why we get dark circles and bags under the eye but the most common is fatigue and more specifically, lack of sleep,” says Bianca Estelle, medical aesthetician and founder of Bea Skincare.
“When we don’t have enough sleep, our delicate under-eye skin swells and leads to a change in light diffusion, which results in darker looking skin.
“This under-eye skin is thin and so the blood vessels here are closer to the skin’s surface, which again, results in a darker appearance.”
That’s not all. Decreasing collagen levels mean the problem gets worse as we age, creating more wrinkles and telltale eye bags, Estelle explains: “When we get older the area directly under our eye known as the ‘tear trough’ deepens and due to the movement of our skin, a shadow is created.”
Why is some people’s eye baggage heavier than others? “The trait can run in families,” Estelle says. “Some people’s eye sockets are more hollowed than others’ (making rings more noticeable), whilst some ethnic groups will see more pronounced dark circles.”
So far, so depressing, but on the plus side, there are lots of ways to deal with your exhausted looking eyes, from simply applying make-up to longer-lasting remedies, including aesthetic procedures.
Here are five suggested solutions…
For a quick fix on a bleary-eyed morning, a good quality cream concealer works wonders.
“For concealing the under-eye area, you should choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your natural skin tone, to lift and brighten,” says make-up artist and Collection ambassador, Francesca Neill.
“I always opt for the triangle shape application because the area under your eyes typically requires more coverage to disguise dark circles and redness.”
Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer is a favourite among beauty bloggers, while Armani Beauty and Morphe have new launches this month that promise unbeatable coverage in a wide range of shades.
2. Eye masks
“Treating eye bags and dark circles is dependent on the cause, but a good starting point for those who experience these as a result of fatigue, ageing and sun damage is using a mask,” says Estelle.
3. Topical creams
Applied daily, a good eye cream or serum can soothe tired peepers and keep signs of ageing at bay.
“In independent clinical trials, Instant Effects Eye Lift increased skin elasticity by 55 per cent, with a 21 per cent reduction in wrinkles and fine lines,” says Richard Mears, founder of Instant Effects. “As the skin repairs itself at night, I would recommend using the serum for 14 nights consecutively to see dark circles and puffiness diminish.”
4. Plasma treatment
To target wrinkles and sagging both above and below the eyes, the Platelet Rich Plasma treatment from The Laser and Skin Clinic reduces hooded heavy brows and tightens the skin on the upper eyelids.
More commonly known as the ‘Vampire Facial’ and ‘Vampire Facelift’, this treatment works by using platelet cells from your own blood, rich in growth factors and stem cells, to regenerate and remodel the skin naturally.
With clinics in Dublin, Mullingar and Athlone, an RPR treatment at The Laser and Skin Clinic costs €495 per treatment and discounts are available on “Buy three, get one free” packages.
After a certain age, some people start to develop ‘dark circles’ in the tear trough, giving the appearance of dark hollows that they think make them look tired or older looking than they are.
The Amara Clinic in Dublin offers a two-prong attack to deal with the issue — a six-week at-home treatment plan, followed by dermal filler injections.
The programme includes a full skin analysis with a skin health specialist, a dermaroller, an eye contour serum, gel eye patches and an eye contour cream.
After the six weeks treatment, an experienced injector can fill the remaining hollows with Juvederm Filler, improving under eye circles dramatically.
ABOUT IFFIE OKORONKWO, M.D.
Iffie Okoronkwo, M.D. is a Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Management physician at Manhattan Spine and Sports Medicine (http://www.manhattanmd.com/), a private practice based in New York City with 40 years of experience providing the finest expert medical care and services to patients around the world.
Dr. Iffie is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and, as a physiatrist, utilizes ultrasound guided injections, fluoroscopy guided injections, PRP, regenerative medicine, and more to evaluate and treat a variety of conditions affecting muscles, joints, ligaments, and nerves.