The causes of eye bags are numerous, and for many women they are a number one beauty concern. Dark, unattractive circles on the under-eye can be minor annoyances or severe, bruise-like discolorations, but they all tend to age the face and make it look tired.
Women have tried everything from creams to laser treatments to reduce the appearance of dark circles, and although there’s no silver bullet for the problem, there are steps that can help.
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This article will discuss:
- How Do We Get Eye Bags?
- How to Remove Eye BagsHow Can We Hide Eye Bags?
- How Can We Remove Eye Bags?
How Do We Get Eye Bags?
Most dark circles are the inevitable result of heredity and genetics rather than eating and sleeping habits. Under-eye capillaries leak red blood cells that turn black and blue. This darker color is easily seen though the thin, translucent skin. Aging, smoking, and alcohol can make the skin even thinner, allowing more color to show.
Dark circles can happen on all skin tones, but particularly affect people with a high skin pigmentation like those of African-American, Southeast Asian, and Southern Italian decent. Because the skin’s under-eye area is so thin, the dilated blood vessels give off a look of tiredness.
There are some environmental or behavioral factors that can make dark circles worse:
- Allergens in the air cause a high concentration of blood under the eyes.
- Some medicines, including birth control, also cause blood vessels to dilate.
- Sun exposure and not sleeping enough make dark circles much more noticeable.
How Can We Hide Eye Bags?
To hide dark circles with makeup, start with a yellow-tinted concealer. The yellow in the concealer will balance out the blue. Creamy, non-drying concealer is best for the under-eye area.
Gently pat and blend the concealer starting at the inner corner, being careful not to damage the delicate skin.
Finish off by dusting with translucent powder for long lasting coverage.
How Can We Remove Eye Bags?
Invasive and Non-invasive Procedures
Fat grafting reduces the appearance of dark circles by thickening the under-eye skin. A doctor removes fat from your abdomen or buttocks and injects them under your eyes for a more youthful look. Because it is a surgical procedure, fat grating can cause swelling and bruising, and the effects can last anywhere from 3 months to 3 years.
Laser surgery destroys the dark pigment and resurfaces skin. Advancements in laser surgery have been made, but they can still be quite uncomfortable, and recovery time is needed after this procedure.
Although they aren’t approved by the FDA for this purpose, some doctors use dermal filler injections like Restylane Juvederm to plump the under-eye area and hide dark circles. These injections only last about 6 months and cost anywhere from $500 to $800. Some users complained of bruising, swelling, and allergic reactions.
Besides getting enough sleep, quitting smoking, and staying hydrated, you can do some things at home to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Some suggested home remedies to reduce puffiness include relaxing with a cool, damp washcloth, cucumbers, or cold tea bags over your eyes for 15 minutes.
Since allergies may be a cause of dark circles, use an antihistamine Claritin or Benedryl to treat them and lighten circles.
There are a variety of creams available to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Some creams work by thickening the skin with a plumping agent or alpha hydroxy acids. Getting enough Vitamin C and K is a healthy way to reduce under-eye darkness by adding volume and plumping skin.
Dr. Perricone’s Advanced Eye Area Therapy can be used by everyone who is worried about or trying to improve the appearance of the eye area. Advanced Eye Therapy prevents and corrects signs of aging, fine lines, and dark circles to give a more youthful look. Purchasing the Advanced Eye Therapy is more affordable now with the use of a Perricone promo. Dr. Perricone includes the powerful antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid to smooth wrinkles, reduce discoloration, and refine skin texture. DMAE works great to reduce skin’s elasticity, while the Vitamin C leaves skin with a brighter, radiant look.
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Dark circles are a common problem with a number of common causes. Although there is no single treatment that works for everyone, there are things you can do to minimize them. A healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and plenty of rest is always key to a youthful appearance. Additionally, a combination of topical remedies and makeup can result in a brighter look.