Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy and for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
It is very useful to promote healing and tissue repair post treatment, as well as for damage from sun exposure, injury or irritation.
Copper Peptides - small fragments of proteins combined with copper can enhance skin regeneration and the healing of wounds. They are included in many anti-aging products for their ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness. Because copper is a toxic metal, avoid using it on the skin in any form except those that contain peptides that bind with the metal.
The Copper Peptide Complex fights aging by its firming & tightening benefits and diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Ceramides absorb moisture and Algae contributes to a more even skin tone.
We’ve all been there…even under the age of 30, well hydrated and with enough sleep…we look in the mirror in the morning and see the eyes of an OLD, TIRED person looking back!
CAUSES of TIRED-LOOKING, AGING EYES:
GENETICS = #1 reason.
Fair skinned people tend to have thinner skin under the eyes, which makes it more obvious when blood pools there (especially with slower circulation from lack of sleep).
This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak, resulting in…DARK CIRCLES!
Darker skinned individuals tend to have a different structure to the orbital socket often causes restricted circulation around the eyes, leading to blood pooling under the eyes and the appearance of…DARK CIRCLES! AGE is another factor (obviously!). Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity becoming thinner, so veins show through more prominently. We also lose fatty tissue and the areas within the orbital socket hollow out.
UV EXPOSURE (esp. sunbathing) speeds up the breaking down process = UV BREAKS DOWN EVERYTHING! Collagen, elastin vessels, capillaries etc, and UV radiation is also a huge “supplier” of Free Radicals which cause further break down of basically everything in our skin and bodies! SEASONAL ALLERGIES are to blame for many people. They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn causes inflammation and swelling of blood vessels and puffiness under the eyes.
SLEEPING WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON! Take the extra 3 min at night to remove your makeup!
Use an eye-makeup remover or good quality cleanser that doesn’t irritate your eyes, lather in circles for a good minute (including your lashes and lash line), and rinse…voila!!
It’s worth it, and your skin and eyes will thank you.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REJUVENATE YOUR TIRED-LOOKING EYES?
If your circles are the result of vascular issues, (pooling blood from poor circulation or Genetics, etc.) you can increase blood circulation by:
using products with caffeine (the secret behind tea bags on your eyes);- some people have also suggested preventing the pooling by doubling up on pillows at night, but watch your neck.
If your aging, tired-looking eyes are due to thinning skin:
you can look for these collagen boosting ingredients in high quality eye products, which are formulated to increase collagen production, stimulate skin growth and repair:
copper peptides - small fragments of proteins combined with copper, can enhance skin regeneration and the healing of wounds. They are included in many anti-aging products for their ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness. Because copper is a toxic metal, avoid using it on the skin in any form except those that contain peptides that bind with the metal;
green tea & silk tree extract have been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process (where collagen & elastin fibers become stiff and clumped) while stimulating collagen synthesis;
For lightening properties look for ingredients like:
Kojic Acid, Licorice Root, L-Arbutin, Vitamins C & K
For lifting, tightening & firming look for these ingredients:
The Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator is made with caviar as well as astaxanthin, a red algae found primarily in Hawaiian waters. Astaxanthin contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce the appearance of redness and makes your skin feel more vibrant and youthful.
Pink Silk is Derma MD’s favourite product – it is full of amazing anti-oxidants (like “Astaxanthin” - an anti-inflammatory antioxidant in red algae found to be 500-1000 times more effective for its antioxidant properties than Vitamin E!)
It contains peptides for combating signs of aging including Palmitoyl Hexpapetide-12 and Copper Tripeptide.
Another powerful anti-aging ingredient it contains is Retinyl Palmitate, known for it’s ability to increase collagen synthesis.
Pink Silk is also a great rejuvenating moisturizer with castor seed and safflower seed oils, ceramides, papaya fruit extract and green tea extracts help strengthen the skin from within.
This product is now available in new packaging: a beautiful hygienic airless pump, so there is no contamination or degradation of the product.
It feels amazing, looks like a light pink serum and absorbs into the skin immediately without a greasy feel.
This is way more than your typical Lip Gloss! Glamur Lip is formulated to actually increase volume in your lips, as well as provide hydrating benefits and reduce furrows and lines, leaving your lips full, smooth, soft, supple and sexy! And Glossy!!
What could be better than a lip gloss that’s actually good for your lips?!
A Lip Gloss that’s also a Lip Plumper that’s good for your lips!!
Moisturize – Protect your skin from the day's stressors. Every morning, on a clean face, use Pink Silk Serum to fight free radical damage, and then apply an SPF to protect the skin. At night before bed, use Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer to repair any damage done during the day.
Exfoliate – This is a necessary step for glowing skin. Get rid of the dull, dead skin cells and let the new cells glow! Use Exfoliating Micro Peel Crème 2-3 times per week.
Lips – don’t forget about those beautiful lips! You want them supple, soft and plump for those wedding smooches. Use Glamur Lip Plumper treatment twice a day. This treatment will protect the lips from free radical damage, plump, hydrate and build collagen.
Stay with this routine to see REAL results!!
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Toners, Facial Mists, Toning Mists, Elixirs, Hydrating Water, etc...are everywhere these days. And they have been around for quite some time. So, what exactly do they do? Well, they vary, but generally they can help to hydrate your skin, remove the last traces of makeup and dirt, and restore the pH balance of your skin back to where it should be after cleansing has disrupted it.
Now we have toners that can also provide protection to your skin cells (antioxidants), refresh your makeup (when used throughout the day), shrink your pores and even help calm irritation. Usually you use a toner between your cleanser and moisturizer; that means after you’ve taken off all your makeup and washed away all dirt and impurities.
Most toners come in a spray bottle so you can mist your face directly or spray the product onto a cotton pad and swipe it across your face. Then you follow it up with your favorite serum and/or moisturizer.
Some toners can also be used post workout to help prevent acne bacteria from building up and can be a “pick-me-up” when a complete cleansing is not practical.
Toners are also great for men and teens! They just help clean the skin better and we all know these two categories tend to not be the most conscientious skin caretakers!
In summary, toners are lovely and can be of great benefit to almost all skin types, so choose one that suits you and enjoy!!
So I did some research into what’s trending for the new year in skincare, beauty, spas and wellness and you won’t believe what we’re in for…
The Urine Facial
One of the latest DIY skin care treatments circulating the internet is...big breath...applying pee to your face!!
According to a Refinery 29 story, human urine is sterile, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The practice of applying (urine) to the face reportedly goes back to ancient Eastern traditions.
The story referred to dermatologists, who noted that: the user must use their own sample, they must use it immediately and there are some contraindications based on health conditions. (…no really!??)
The trend, while gross, is not entirely off base. A major component of urine is urea, which is a popular skin care ingredient to hydrate and exfoliate skin. Urine also contains ingredients with skin benefits such as minerals, enzymes and antibodies.
If you have clients (or friends) who want beautiful skin so bad they'd be willing to use their pee, advise them that their time is better spent elsewhere!
While it most likely won't cause harm and might even provide a little benefit, applying urine to the face isn't nearly as effective as today's skincare treatments and products!
Ok, this trend is a little more acceptable…or is it? Advanced Drone Technology
New age drone technology to target aging - and I’m not talking about male wasps, but rather those unmanned aircrafts that can zoom in on precise targets.
What does drone technology have to do with skin care?
This technology refers to the delivery of active ingredients from a product into your skin and even directly into cells. More than that, this so-called drone technology is getting so clever that it can target a specific cell and in some cases, a precise area of that cell! (Is that not freaking amazing!?)
This advanced drone technology targets skin neurons to stimulate botox-like effects to minimize the communication channels for muscle contractions, providing unbelievably smooth skin. (Yes please!) Cosmetic formulators have started talking about how drone-like delivery can boost the efficacy of active ingredients.
During the Face and Body conference and Expo held in San Jose, California, Christine Heathman, CEO of GlyMed Plus and medical master aesthetician, revealed the effect of drone technology on the skin. "It extends the cell life span, it boosts the collagen production. These are super powerful peptides."
Is it a fad, a meaningless analogy, or something that will make you rethink what it takes to make an effective anti-aging potion?
Whether some new technology provides better ingredient penetration, or some new magic mineral is discovered, or some new approach to an old concept…. for healthy, youthful, glowing skin it still comes down to:
- active ingredients (that will Prevent, Correct & Protect), in high enough concentrations and formulated in such a way as to penetrate to where these actives need to go and used often enough…
You will stimulate skin cell renewal, correct & heal damage, prevent further damage, and effectively keep the skin “fit” and healthy and working the way it was intended to.
Someone famous once said “There is no such thing as ugly women, only lazy ones”!
Wow! Well, there you go.
A couple of other trending tid-bits:
- It used to be about products with Collagen & Elastin, (which are too big to penetrate the epidermis so they don’t end up doing much), now it’s more about ingredients that stimulatenew Collagen and Elastin to be produced!
- It used to be about Retinol and Vitamin C, now it’s about the actual benefit of using the right formsof Retinol and Vitamin C.
- New anti-oxidants are being incorporated all the time to help provide more and more protection against free-radical damage in our skin, ie Astaxanthan, Resveratrol, all kinds of seed, fruit and berry extracts, green & white tea extracts and many more.
- Skin lightening agents are also being sought after for correcting sun damage and hyperpigmentation, which not only contributes to looking older, but can lead to cancer in some cases.
- It used to be about actives and loads of great beneficial ingredients, now it’s about formulations with advanced penetration technology to get the actives into the skin so they can actually get to where they need to go to make a difference. It’s very high tech!
This is way more than your typical Lip Gloss! It’s formulated to actually increase volume in your lips, as well as provide hydrating benefits and reduce furrows and lines, leaving your lips full, smooth, soft, supple and sexy! And Glossy!!
What could be better than a lip gloss that’s actually good for your lips?!
A Lip Gloss that’s also a Lip Plumper that’s good for your lips!!
How does the “plumping” work?
Niacin actually stimulates blood flow and lips appear fuller instantly.
Some other great ingredients include:
Tripeptide-1: Increases collagen production.
Hyaluronic Acid microspheres: Increase moisture retention and provide fullness.
Retinyl Palmitate: Promotes exfoliation of dead skin cells resulting in smoother lips.
Vitamin E: Acts as an antioxidant and natural preservative.
Titanium Dioxide: Physical sun block, protects against UV damage.
Approximately fourteen million people across the U.S. (that’s about 1 in 20) suffer from rosacea. Usually it develops in adults between 30 and 50, and affects both men and women. Although it’s more common in women, the more severe cases seem to occur in men.
It tends to affect people with fair skin, typically north-eastern European descent ie. Celtic, English, Scottish, although rosacea can develop in any skin type.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by lingering facial redness, as well as painful, tiny pus-filled bumps. Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as Eczema, Acne or Allergies and unfortunately, the longer it’s undiagnosed and untreated, the worse it can become.
Signs and symptoms of the different forms of Rosacea
There are 4 forms of rosacea, which are defined by the following range of symptoms:
Mild: The main symptoms are facial flushing and redness, there may also be some swelling, burning, stinging, roughness, and visible broken blood vessels.
Moderate: This is a more advanced form of rosacea that is marked by persistent redness and pimple-like bumps (often mistaken for acne).
Severe: In some individuals, rosacea may affect the nose, causing the skin tissue to thicken (giving an enlarged appearance) and become red, bulbous and bumpy. This advanced form of rosacea is called rhinophyma, and tends to be more common in men.
Ocular rosacea: In addition to skin symptoms, rosacea may also affect the eyes and eyelids. It may cause redness to the surrounding skin tissue but also burning or stinging, dryness, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and watery, bloodshot eyes.
Senior woman suffering from rosacea
Experts are not certain what specifically causes rosacea. They believe it is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as:
Individuals who suffer from rosacea should ensure they avoid or limit their intake of:
some also believe dairy can be a trigger
and definitely intense sun exposure!
There is no known cure for rosacea, although it can be managed with appropriate treatment and lifestyle changes. Rosacea does not improve or resolve on its own, and untreated rosacea can worsen over time.
Unlike acne, self-treating with over-the-counter products may not help and may even irritate skin more, causing more redness and bumps. Your family doctor or dermatologist can prescribe various forms of treatment and recommend which skin care products and cosmetics are appropriate. Sticking with the treatment recommended by your doctor will improve symptoms within a few weeks.
Treatment has typically been with medications, such as:
Sodium sulfacetamide and sulphur
Laser therapy and other cosmetic treatments include:
NdYag 1064nm: safe on all skin types; targets deeper vessels, pigmentation and can be used to inhibit the overgrowth of tissue in rhinophyma.
Most of us have heard of these common skin conditions, Psoriasis and Eczema, but how many of us actually know what they are? The difference between them? Causes? Treatments?
Here’s a little review:
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of red, itchy, scaly skin that varies in severity from small and localized spots to complete body coverage.
Elbows, knees, and scalp are a few areas commonly affected by psoriasis
Psoriasis is generally thought to be a genetic disease which is triggered by environmental factors. Symptoms often worsen during winter and with certain medications such as beta blockers or NSAIDS. Infections and psychological stress may also trigger or worsen symptoms.
Psoriasis is notcontagious. The underlying mechanism involves the immune system reacting to skin cells. Diagnosis is typically based on the signs and symptoms.
There is no cure for psoriasis. However, various treatments can help control the symptoms.These treatments may include steroid creams, vitamin D3 cream, ultraviolet light, and immune system suppressing medications and about 75% of cases can be managed with creams alone.
Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is in a group of diseases that result in inflammation of the skin. They are characterized by itchiness and red skin. In cases of short duration there may be small blisters while in long term cases the skin may become thickened. The area of skin involved can vary from small to the entire body.
The exact cause of dermatitis is often unclear.
Treatment of atopic dermatitis is typically with moisturizers and steroid creams. Antibiotics may be required if there are signs of skin infection.
Atopic dermatitis is very common and generally starts in childhood. In the United States it affects about 10-30% of people.
Some ingredients that are known to calm, sooth and reduce irritation and provide relief from dry, red, itchy, flaky skin include:
DermaMD’s Soy Moisturizer was specifically formulated to calm, sooth, repair, soften & hydrate dry, irritated, red skin, including skin affected by psoriasis and eczema. It is suitable for the face or body.
This smooth creamy formulation is combined with multiple antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Soy bean oil helps to reduce inflammation, while shea butter, olive oil, and rose hips seed oil will increase moisture retention. Additional conditioning ingredients such as algae help to hydrate dry skin. Skin will be softer, less red and smoother. Excellent when used on broken fissures in heels, and callouses to increase smoothness and hydration.
MYTH #1 – Eye creams are unnecessary; it’s just a ploy to get you to buy extra products. Using your regular facial moisturizer as an eye cream is just fine.
No, it’s not. The area under and around the eyes is 6 times thinner than the rest of the face. Using “regular” face creams around the eyes leads to congestion, irritation, inflammation, and milia (small, hard, white, keratin-filled bumps). This delicate area of the face is where fine lines appear first, so having a specialized eye cream is a must after about age 25.
Eye creams are formulated with ingredients that can penetrate properly and be active without irritating the sensitive eye area. Since this delicate skin can only absorb a small amount (of anything), only use a pin-head size amount per eye (and always avoid the eye lids).
MYTH #2 – Thinking that "more is better."
When it comes to your skin, more is actually worse…too much washing, too much cream, too much exfoliation, too much “skin tightening”, too much retinol or too many anti-oxidants and too much Botox and/or Filler (obviously!) can totally damage, disrupt or cause mayhem to your skin!
So what should you do?
Generally…PREVENT & PROTECT in the morning; CORRECT & REPAIR in the evening.
AM: cleanse gently; use only as much moisturizer as needed and follow protocols outlined by a skincare professional. Use anti-oxidants (but do not apply too much as ‘un-used’ antioxidants become oxidizing agents!). Use SPF DAILY after serums and creams and before makeup.
PM: cleanse gently; use retinoids (and ‘correcting/repair agents’) at night starting with 2-3x/per week and gradually increase as per skin tolerance.
MYTH #3 – Thinking that what you eat will only affect your body weight, not your skin.
In fact, what you eat shows directly on your face! Eating too many sweets and fatty food will leave your skin looking unhealthy, dull, congested, irritated, and inflamed. A healthy diet is very important for healthy, radiant, younger looking skin.
Rumor: Junk Food Causes Acne
Reality: “So far, no studies have shown a direct correlation between junk food and breakouts or acne,” says David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. And many other dermatologists interviewed agree with Dr. Bank. However, links have recently been made between the consumption of high-glycemic foods (typically foods that contain refined sugars) and breakouts among people who are acne-prone. Why?Inflammation is known to aggravate acne, and high-glycemic foods (such as sugar, white rice, sweets, and sugary drinks) can raise blood sugar and insulin levels quickly, leading to inflammation.
And though dark chocolate may in fact offer multiple health benefits, milk chocolate is being called into question as a possible cause of acne.
Researchers have also seen links between consuming dairy products and increased flare-ups of acne in those with acneic or problem skin.
MYTH #4 – Thinking that you can get rid of Cellulite (with creams, treatments or liposuction!)
“No cellulite fix is permanent,” says Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in New York City. Some products and/or treatments might minimize the look of cellulite, such as creams that contain caffeine or aminophylline (which helps break down fat cells), or massaging devices that “iron out” fat cells somewhat so that they don’t appear as noticeable. However, these remedies last, at best, a few months. “Even liposuction, which removes excess deep-fat deposits, doesn’t necessarily improve the surface of the skin to the degree where the dimpled effect is invisible,” says Sobel. There is, however, a ray of hope: Cellulaze, a laser treatment that cuts the little vertical bands under the skin that are attributed to the dimpling effect and smooths them out. The treatment recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating cellulite long-term, says Barry DiBernardo, a plastic surgeon in Montclair, New Jersey, and the lead clinical investigator of the FDA trials of Cellulaze. But it doesn’t come cheap. The cost can run from $3,000 to $8,000 for the one session that you’ll need.
MYTH #5 – Thinking that after a while, your skin ‘gets used’ to products.
It depends on the active ingredients, says Grossman: “Your skin does acclimate to vitamin A derivatives, such as retinols, and prescription retinoids, like Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac.” (For this reason, the best protocol is to start on milder forms or lower doses of the derivatives, then increase the intensity incrementally.) However, this is not the case with antioxidants, moisturizers, or peptide products (peptides are amino acid chains that are increasingly being added to creams and serums because they have been shown to stimulate collagen production and improve cell function.) Still, improvements might plateau because you’ve reached a product’s capacity for change. If so, you may need to choose a stronger product, try different active ingredients or a different combination of actives, or add a “boosting” agent (or treatment) for improved penetration.
Always seek the advice of a skincare professional for safe and effective results (and so you don’t aimlessly keep “trying” various products and regimes which could potentially wreak havoc on your skin!)
What’s worse than sending your kids back to school with a face full of acne, blemishes, or red, ugly irritated skin? School is hard enough without dealing with skin problems.
The trick is to get the right balance between ingredients that target and treat the acne (bacteria) without stripping all the skin’s natural protectants resulting in super dry, flaky, irritated skin.
Sometimes the really aggressive products are needed if prescribed by a Dermatologist (Accutane, strong Retinols, Benzoyl Peroxide, etc.), but with teens particularly, the skin should be treated carefully and topical products with anti-bacterial agents and gentle exfoliants are generally effective enough.
Here are FIVE EASY TIPS FOR REDUCING TEEN ACNE:
The key is to keep the skin as clean as possible so the bacteria doesn’t build up.
Keep the hands off the face!!
Keep the hair off the face too (bangs, and long hair that hangs in the face are huge culprits for bacteria!)
Wash pillowcases weekly.
Sanitize all surfaces coming in contact with the face regularly, like cell phones and sunglasses!
And always wear mineral SPF! The sun is NOT good for acne. It does NOT “dry it out”…it causes more inflammation and irritation.
Simple and effective skin cleansers, toners, scrubs, masks and serums should incorporate ingredients like: salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinol, sulfur, clays, anti-bacterial agents and soothing calming ingredients as well to prevent redness, and calm inflammation. Natural anti-bacterial ingredients are plentiful but not always in high enough concentrations to be effective, so read labels carefully.
TIP: ingredients are always listed in order of concentration, with the highest first and trace amounts last.
TIP: the actual concentration or amount of an ingredient will NOT be listed, therefore, many of the “actives” may be in such small amounts that they do not actually “do” anything and are there to entice the buyer.
It’s simple, smells great, comes in clean unisex packaging and is suitable for tweens right up to adults. It comes as a pack with a Gel Cleanser, Toner and Serum. You can add on the Charcoal Mud Mask for the Complete Anti-Acne Skincare Collection
Some of the active ingredients in this collection are: Natural Willow Bark, Wasabi Japonica root, Green Tea, Niacinamide (which is comparable to 1% Clyndomycin), Charcoal and Peppermint. These provide anti-bacterial properties, purify and decongest pores, stimulate healing, promote hydration, provide gentle exfoliation and leave the skin fresh and clean without excessive drying.
Mud Masks are great as well. Clays such as Bentonite can be incorporated into Spa treatments like facials and chemical peels. Regarding Chemical Peels, Salicylic Acid is by far the best for acneic-problem skin. In Spa treatments are much stronger (20-30%) than any topical products on the market (usually 2%).
My daughter is 12 years old. She’s showing early signs of acne on her face, and I'm concerned that it's going to start early. She only uses water to wash her face, and honestly, I'm not sure how well she washes it. I don't want to get her skincare products that will be too harsh for her age, but I also want to get her using something more than water. What do you recommend?
Depending on your teen (or tween), remember: they are responsible for bathing themselves, so you may not really know what all is involved with their cleansing habits. But I have some great tips and product recommendations that will make it easy on you and your tween.
First, unless your tween has been diagnosed with actual acne, they don't need an acne line. Their skin is undergoing changes and there is a risk of disrupting and irritating things if they use ingredients that are too aggressive.
Instead, talk to your tween about their skin care habits. Are they only using water? Are they using a bar soap? Are they possibly using your products? The last two options can cause havoc with sensitive skin, so once you know what they are doing, you can give advice on what the better option(s) would be.
One of my all time faves is DermaMD Enzyme Cleanser – it is simply a great cleanser for anyone: tweens, adults, women, men, oily, dry etc! It works gently with Pineapple and Papaya enzymes, it’s non-abrasive, and the Aloe and Avocado Oil help with anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and soothing benefits.
Your tween should realistically only need to wash once a day (before bed), unless they have been active in after-school sports or other activities where they have become sweaty or visibly dirty.
Second, if they are acne-prone and don’t have a chance to cleanse after sports or becoming sweaty or dirty, etc, a Toner can be very useful. Toners can help remove traces of bacteria, makeup, sweat, dirt, etc. from the skin, leaving it hydrated and fresh and, most importantly, a toner can prevent bacteria on the surface from leading to blemishes. DermaMD Kiwi Grapefruit Toner (with Witch Hazel) is awesome, affordable and effective!
Just spritz onto a cotton pad and wipe gently over the face. This can be kept in a gym bag, or school bag etc. A toner can also be used after a cleanser in the AM or PM to boost the results of the cleanser… leaving the skin refreshed, hydrated, smooth and clean!
We’ve all been there…even under the age of 30, well hydrated and with enough sleep…we look in the mirror in the morning and see the eyes of an OLD, TIRED woman looking back!
Genetics are the #1 reason.
If you inherit fair or thin skin under the eyes, it’s more obvious when blood pools there (especially with slower circulation from lack of sleep).
This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak.
If you inherit darker skin (East Indian or Middle Eastern genetics), the actual structure of the orbital socket often causes restricted circulation around the eyes leading to blood pooling under the eyes and the appearance of dark circles. Age is another factor. Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity, becoming thinner, so veins show through more prominently. UV exposure (esp. sunbathing) speeds up this process by breaking down collagen and triggering uneven skin colouration. Seasonal allergies are to blame for many people. They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn causes inflammation and swelling of blood vessels and puffiness under the eyes.
Sleeping with your makeup on! Take the extra 3 minutes at night to remove your makeup! Use an eye-makeup remover or good quality cleanser that doesn’t irritate your eyes. Lather in circles for a good minute (including your lashes and lash line), and rinse…voila!!
It’s worth it, and your skin and eyes will thank you.
HOW TO TREAT THEM
If your circles are the result of vascular issues, (or genetics) you can try to double up on pillows at night to stop blood from building up under your eyes. In the morning, apply a cold compress for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels.
Use an eye cream with lightening properties like: Kojic Acid, Licorice Root, L-Arbutin, and Vitamin K & C (I like DermaMD’s “Eliminate”; it’s amazing).
For Anti-Aging benefits try peptides like: Argirelene, Palmitoyl-Oligopeptide and Retinol and skin tightening ingredients like: Marine Polypeptides, Matrixyl 3000. (DermaMD’s Eye Lifting & Tightening Serum is wonderful; and for an eye cream that does Everything…try DermaMD’s Peptide Eye Cream! – this one actually targets puffiness too with additional peptides.)
For allergy-induced circles, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before allergies really kick-in, so you’re not trying to combat red, itchy, swollen, dark eyes after the rubbing has started!
For dark circlecamouflage, apply eye cream and let it dry for a few minutes. Then pat on a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone. Top with a layer of loose or pressed powder, which helps set your makeup and prevents it from caking in creases.