This post was inspired by Lily’s Facebook status update sometime in the latter part of 2009.
Bags and dark circles under your peepers automatically make you appear haggard and old. That’s not desired, considering today’s image-conscious society. I must confess that I am not heavily affected by this issue, but whenver I see a gal or fella with blackening underneath the ocular orbits, I think, “Someone needs sleep!”
The causes of undereye darkness vary, but one major cause is your genes and pigment levels. Sunlight, dermatitis, eczema, wimpy diet, partying until 5am, meds, boozing, ciggies, allergies, even getting old can cause this problem. Thin skin is no good. Shrink those vessels! Looks like dilated blood vessels are to blame as well.
There’s no shortage of undereye circle concealers and creams but the evidence proving they actually do jack is not really there. The latest trend is injecting fillers such as Restylane® and Juvederm® in the bad spots. Yeouch! Be cautious though, these fillers are not approved for this malady; you’re off-label.
Filling you in on fillers: cosmetic fillers are typically used to smooth away folds on the face. They consist of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is naturally found in your body, with the biggest quantity in your eyes and joints. HA is either whipped up in the good old lab or extracted from rooster combs (wha?!). Other uses include eye/corneal surgery and osteoarthritis.
If you don’t want to spend $500 to have derms pop HA into your face, here are some less ouchy ways to combat the undereye gremlins.
- Cold compresses: cold shrinks vessels.
- Concealers (makeup) and vitamin creams
- Pillows: elevating you head reduces the amount of blood in the target areas.
- Sinus flushing: to reduce congestion