We want to look fresh and cheerful – even without make-up – but sometimes dark circles around the eyes make this a lot more difficult. Dermatologists understand this struggle and share their advice to get rid of these bags.
The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the rest of your facial skin. This is because it contains no fatty tissue. Instead of fat, there are blood vessels and lymph nodes under the eyes. Because blood flows through here, which is darker than your skin, this creates the dark color around your eyes.
There are several factors that cause dark circles and puffiness:
- Extra thin skin around your eyes is passed down from generation to generation in some families.
- A deficiency of vitamin C, zinc or iron causes it.
- Rubbing your eyes irritates sensitive skin and causes dark circles. People with hay fever, in spring and autumn, must therefore hold back.
- Sitting in front of your computer for a long time is also bad for you, especially for your eyes.
- stress! Tension causes the color to drain from your face. You also sleep restlessly due to stress and that can be the cause of the dark circles.
What you can do
When you suffer from dark circles for whatever reason, you may want to get rid of them. According to dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Marcus and dr. Marisa Garshick there are a number of ways you can reduce the dark circles.
- Cautious approach. The area under the eyes is quite delicate. The thin skin makes the area more prone to irritation and prone to signs of aging. Regardless of which products you use, according to Marcus, it’s important that you go for a careful approach. So do not rub the products in hard, but apply it with a calm movement.
- Wear sunscreen every day. You’ve probably heard this a 100 times, but sunburn is real key. Precisely because the skin under the eyes is so sensitive, it is important that you apply it every day.
- Hydrate. Before applying your make-up, it is important to moisturise the area around your eyes with a mild product. According to the dermatologists, it’s best to go for moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, as well as lightweight ceramides.
- Promote blood circulation. Poor blood circulation around the eyes can cause puffiness, puffiness and dark shadows. Dermatologist Marcus therefore recommends buying products with ingredients that improve blood circulation. Think of vitamin K and caffeine.
- For people with discoloration or hyperpigmentation around their eye, the experts suggest prioritizing ingredients that lighten and even out the pigmentation. Antioxidants like vitamin C can help brighten and protect the skin from free radical damage. Also, niacinamide not only soothes the skin, but also can help improve pigmentation in dark circles.
- Retinol. This is one of the best products when it comes to anti aging. It stimulates new collagen synthesis, helps prevent collagen breakdown, improves fine lines and wrinkles and boosts cell turnover. In this case, it is important to use a product that does not dry out or irritate the sensitive under-eye area.
- Keep it simple. Applying too many products is not necessary and can cause irritation. Therefore, apply thin layers of the products you use. As a general rule of thumb, use a pea-sized amount of product (for both eyes).
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