Under Eye Dark Circles
It’s common to have under-eye circles: Nine out of 10 people have them to some degree, so most of us have experienced “raccoon eyes,” dark under-eye circles that make us look exhausted and tired. They are very common but are usually curable with care and treatment
Various causes of Dark circles:
- People who were born with sharp nose (high nose bridge) and deep-set eyes will naturally have their eye circles appearing dark (look at the Indians for example. Most of them will appear to have dark circles).
- Pigmentation after childbirth or due to side effects of some drugs – this hyper-pigmentation around the eye area will appear like dark circles.
- Dark circles in particular are believed to frequently be hereditary. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about the conditions, but you should be prepared for minimal success actually trying to get rid of them.
- Dark circles under the eye may also, in fact, be light carbon deposits that result from incomplete protein digestion. Incomplete protein digestion may result from insufficient hydrochloric acid in your stomach that may be caused from a lack of primarily B6 and Folic Acid. About 30% of the population does not absorb regular B6 (pydroxine) or folic acid and need to take in these vitamins in a different form or another way.
- Allergies may be the most common cause of skin discolouration and puffiness under the eyes. If allergies are the root of your problem, you simply need to treat them or remove the allergies.
- People who suffer from long period of insomnia – lack of adequate rest and sleep suffer from dark circles.
- People who need to light midnight candles – over-stressing their eye muscles.
- Sun exposure can trigger “age spots” around the eyes and weaken the skin, which can contribute to dark circles.
- Increased fluid retention The blood vessels under the eyes can become engorged and dilated (dietary salt and smoking are common causes).
- Extreme weight loss also can cause this sunken look.
How to prevent Dark circles
- Get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Sleep with your head slightly elevated (when you’re lying flat, gravity causes fluid to collect in your lower eyelids, which may create shadows).
- Moisturise the area with an eye cream containing nourishing antioxidants that help protect the skin, such as green-tea and grape-seed extracts, and vitamins C, E and K (3. Cover up with a yellow-based concealer.
- Treat your skin while you sleep. There are overnight facial masques available that may help reduce the appearance of puffiness or discolouration.Apply cool tea bags, an ice cube wrapped in soft cloth, or cucumber slices to your eyes daily.
- Wash your face with cool to somewhat cold water in the morning
- Avoid rubbing your eyes- rubbing irritates the skin and can break tiny capillaries beneath the skin, causing both puffiness and discolouration.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
- Reduce salt intake…Too much salt can cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear bluer.
- Quit smoking. Smoking causes vascular (blood vessel) problems that can not only threaten your life, but also make your blood vessels appear more prominent and bluer beneath the skin.
Treatment for Dark Circles
Gel peels- specially formulated peels for use on sensitive skin around eyes can help to reduce dark circles.
The Perfector generates nano-currents in a complex series of waveforms similar to the inherent biological communication system. The electrons discharged during the treatment neutralise the free radicals in the skin, and form an antioxidant defense against future free radical damage. Collagen and elastin production are enhanced, and the facial muscles are stimulated to contract to create a lift.
The Perfector delivers low frequency micro currents to heal, and regenerate tissue offering both a corrective and preventive anti-aging treatment. Unlike micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels, which take off layers of the skin, the Perfector treatment actually builds up skin layers by healing and encouraging cell revival and regeneration of tissue Offering long lasting results.
Dr. Tejal Ranka