Treating and Covering Under Eye Puffiness and Darkness

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Eye PuffinessGetting rid of dark circles is something that everyone who suffers from them wants to know how to do. Under eye circles can be caused by a number of different things: lack of sleep, sinus problems, sun exposure, age, allergies, smoking or even genetics. There are different approaches that include prevention, treatment and of course, covering them with cosmetics. This guide will hopefully help you decide which approach (or combination of them!) to take, and which ingredients to look for in products designed to help get rid of those dark circles.

Attempt to Prevent:
The best thing that you can do is make sure that you're doing everything you can to impede under eye circles. First, make sure you’re getting enough sleep so that you're well rested. Next, you need to always take off your makeup at night! The skin under your eyes is delicate and you need to remove all traces of makeup before you apply a night cream like our Ultimate Day/Night Eye. The Photodynamic Therapy daytime eye lotion helps to make you delicate skin under the eyes look alert, while the night time Wrinkle Revenge eye balm is super hydrating and enriched with peptides and antioxidants to combat dryness and darkness. Keeping your skin hydrated is very important to help you put an end to dark circles.

Treat Dark Circles:  
There are many different ways to treat dark circles. You can try using a cold compress on the eyes or cool cucumbers to combat the darkness. Others recommend using extra pillows to elevate your head so that your under eyes are less likely to be puffy or dark. More extreme treatment methods for puffiness and dark circles include intense pulse light laser treatments and surgery. Before going to the extreme, try treating dark circles with an eye balm for at least six to twelve weeks for best results.

Cover Under eye Circles:
Concealer can work wonders for covering under eye circles. It's easy to match skin tone using basic principle of color. Depending on the tone of the dark circles, choose a color with an opposite undertone on the color wheel. For example, if the circles are blue toned, it is going to be best concealed with a peach or salmon color, since that is an orange-based color. Using a product like our DERMAdoctor DD Cream will help to cover dark circles and brighten skin around the eye.

4 ingredients to look for on eye product labels:

1. Vitamin E
Not having a proper, balanced diet could be a contributing factor in dark circle. Deficiency in some nutrients, like iron and Vitamin E can lead to dark circles. Make sure you are consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet and look for products that contain Vitamin E to help reduce darkness under the eye.

2.  Kojic Acid
Kojic acid is another excellent Ingredient that is often used as a skin lightener.

3.  Retinol
Products that include Retinol should be added to a good skin care routine; some over-the-counter products contain this. Try our DERMAdoctor Poetry in Lotion intensive retinol (please use as directed).

4. Caffeine
Caffeine is known to act as a diuretic and may assists assist in drain excess fluid from the area under eyes. It is also a vasoconstrictor (it causes blood vessels to shrink), and this can prevent blood from pooling, which sometimes make the under-eye area appear darker. This ingredient can be found in Kakadu C Eye Soufflé and Wrinkle Revenge rescue and protect eye balm.

Having a good skin care routine is important to overall well-being. Taking the extra time to correct dark under-eye circles can do wonders for how a person looks and feels. Knowing what causes dark circles, how to treat them and what to look for in under-eye treatments will have you on your way to a brighter, well-rested you!

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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