How can you get rid of Dark Circles?

If veins close to the surface of your skin are causing your dark under-eye circles, a topical cream could help. Products containing Vitamin A or Retinol can deal dark circles a serious blow. An added bonus is that products containing Retinol have also been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and around the eyes so a double whammy

For puffiness or under-eye bags that are casting shadows on your face making it look like you have dark circles look for antioxidant treatments to soothe and reduce swelling. Read our take on How to get rid of Bags or Puffy Eyes.

Help from Cosmeceuticals.

Recently, several new products have been released onto the market which promise to reduce under-eye puffiness with caffeine. Just as a cup of coffee can jolt you to life in the morning, these creams can help revive the skin by increasing circulation. The result is a more refreshed, alert appearance, a marked decrease in swelling, and slightly improved firmness and elasticity of the skin.

The current buzz ingredients in most cosmeceutical products are Peptides of which there are many forms but ultimately these fantastic ingredients are a chain of amino acids. All people and animals have peptides naturally in their bodies and in a way these are one of our main building blocks. Depending on the amino acid present depends on the action of the Peptide. In Skincare they can do wondrous things to help ageing skin making it look and feel younger.

In this instance Peptides can help to reduce the colour and severity of dark under-eye circles by breaking down and clearing away broken down red blood cells and strengthening the skin density over the area. Overall helping to neutralise the appearance of dark pigmentation.

And the good news is that is you like the natural approach to your skincare you can still choose an organic product and get the benefit of a Peptide extracted from an organic botanical source

The best thing you can do for dark under-eye circles is to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself inside and out.

“Treating your skin will help, but there may also be an underlying cause. Imbalances in your life show up on your face and skin,” says Dr. Maoshing Ni, an anti-ageing expert and bestselling author.

There’s no substitute for adequate rest, a balanced diet, plenty of exercise, and healthy stress release.

Take good care in the sun wear Sunglasses!
Yeah! We know a tan makes us feel great just be sure to wear SPF and fake tan your face always!
Find sunglasses that have effective UV protection and cover the whole eye area.

No sun beds!

Avoid smoking and smoky environments.
Throw you and your skin a lifeline

Slow down on the alcohol

Cut down on Caffine

Avoid diets fads and maintain a healthy body weight.
If you must diet find one that is right for you and your family lifestyle. The Weight Management Foundation covers all the in and outs and ups and downs of most modern day diets.

Eat well
Thinking of your skin and not always your skinny bum. Read about Foods that Feed You Skin.

Drink water
Everyone’s requirement is different but try and drink as much as you can during the day and top up on fruits and veg that are high in water content, like Cucumber, Tomatoes and juicy exotics. Water flushes out toxins and moisturises from within.

Treat your skin well
Make sure you have good skincare Personalised Skincare Regime [Personalised Skincare Regime.doc]

Stress less! Frown less. Smile more.
Find out What Stress Does to the Skin [What does Stress do to the Skin.doc]

Balance Exercise and Rest

From the kitchen
If you’re handy in the kitchen and want to try a more natural remedy for banishing under-eye darkness, brew two bags of caffeinated tea. Put the cup, teabags and all, into the fridge until they’ve completely cooled. Place the chilled bags over your eyes and voila – instant results. A substance naturally found in tea, called tannin, helps reduce inflammation and swelling, while the caffeine pulls water from the skin to help bring down puffiness.

You might also try a couple slices of chilled cucumber. Enzymes in the vegetable relieve tissue irritation, which shrinks bags and may eliminate under-eye shadows. Always keep a cucumber or two in your crisper for emergencies – this is certainly not a permanent fix, but it’ll do wonders in a pinch!

For a more permanent solution, you may want to investigate surgical procedures that transport fat from one area of the body to fill in the area under the eye. As long as you don’t have any pre-existing under-eye puffiness, you are probably a good candidate for cosmetic filler injections. The fat is generally taken from the thigh, hip or buttocks and injected into the skin directly under the hollow.

This is a simple procedure, requiring only local anaesthetic, and patients can usually go home the same day.
This option isn’t completely permanent, though, and you may have to have more than one treatment to see full results.

In rare cases, dark eye circles are caused by large, unsightly blood vessels that have risen to the surface of the skin. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon who specialises in facial procedures can direct you to an appropriate course of treatment. This could include a fat transplant or vein stripping.

No matter which method you choose to get rid of those unpleasant dark circles, expect to have to wait to see results. No method gives a quick fix, though some do work faster and better than others.

Make sure you check out credentials and ensure your chosen surgery is well accredited.