Do you Pretty Birds know why I love my sunglasses so dearly? Other than accentuating my features and adding a bit of flair to any look, they perfectly conceal all the micro-defects around my eyes. The small but resistant dark circles (that sometimes even the best of concealers or foundation can’t hide.) disappear instantly behind summer shades, and while this may only be a superficial solution, it does give me some peace of mind, and maybe even a little glamour to boot.
In some strange paradox, sunglasses (that I will continue to madly love because they are a fundamental piece to my signature look) may strategically cover this zone of the face, but they also part of the problem. Glasses put a little pressure on the area of the root of your nose, no matter how light the frame. Over time, this pressure causes a small slowing of the subcutaneous blood microcirculation, which causes dark circles. That’s why every time I look in the mirror, especially when I’m very tired, I cannot help but reflect on the fact that it’s really time to find THE SOLUTION – and a definite one.
So, a few days ago, I asked my dermatologist to help me find an efficient remedy to diminish dark circles and small expression lines. Obviously, I could not resist flooding him with questions – déformation professionelle – to which I had more or less all the answers I wanted (but sadly found the magic wand I hoped for in fact does not exist). So I am sharing these tips with you because I’m sure you, too, have on occasion looked in the mirror only to grimace at unpleasant dark spots under your beautiful eyes.
First Off: What Causes Dark Circles?
Greyish-blue coloring of the lower eyelid comes from the slowing of local microcirculation and accumulation of melanin. This genetic and vascular phenomenon especially affects those who have very thin and clear skin, or who have problems with anemia, and often it increases during periods of high stress. If you sleep badly, work too much or workout too much, don’t be surprised if your dark circles are accentuated. The good news is: there is a remedy.
How Can We Prevent Them?
Put aside whatever products comprise your normal facial skincare routine, because, as a rule, what works for the rest of your face does not work on your eyes. The reason is simple: the skin in the eye area is thinner than the rest of the face, and lacks the sebaceous glands that create natural protection. As a result, the eye area appears more arid, and is more prone to swelling and signs of small wrinkles (accentuated by our facial expressions throughout our lives). Eye creams are the important first step, together with a series of basic precautions, such as protecting your eyes from light and integrating a diet with detoxifying vitamins to improve blood circulation. Your eye’s biggest enemy is alcohol, so limit the best you can. There are also a few small tricks that you can try in order to maximize the benefits of your eye cream (and make the application even more enjoyable). They are:
Apply the cream in the right direction
Move from inside to outside, starting from the nose to the cheekbone and then pushing up until the eyebrows. Make sure to apply the product only after you have carefully removed any make up residue.
Massage the eye area during application
Morning and night, when you apply the cream, you can take advantage of nice massage that reactivates your circulation. Tap with your fingertips, from the inner corner of the eyes to the temples. Try a little “firming exercise”: eyes closed tight, count to ten, and tap as much as possible. The exercise should be repeated at least five times, before blotting the eyes with a cotton disk soaked in cold water and with a drop of essential rose oil to help decongest.
Choose the formulation that’s right for you
This depends on your needs, which is often mostly determined by your age. We are mainly talking about anti-aging creams here, but these creams, which often stimulate microcirculation will also normally include hydrating and elasticity properties. If you have undereye bags, you might prefer creams that reduce swelling, while dark circles call for formulas with invigorating properties.
Mix your skincare and makeup
To cover up your bags and dark circles, mix your anti-ageing decongestant formulas with a foundation that matches perfectly your skin tone. For the maximum result, use concealer after the foundation. ù
Try some extras (Masks and Wraps)
Add to your nightly routine a decongesting mask – then sink into a regenerating sleep.
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