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Do you wake up in the morning with puffy eyes and deep dark circles? Does your face look dull and tired? Below we will explain the causes and what are the remedies to reduce them, but first we must keep in mind that periocular area is the most delicate part of the face due to poor sebaceous secretion and reduced skin thickness.
What are dark circles and eye bags
Dark circles are an imperfection, often hereditary and with a tendency to be accentuated in periods of high stress and fatigue, characterized by a dark color, tendentially bluish, in the area of the lower eyelid. This is a local inflammation responsible for an alteration of blood balance, lymphatic drainage and capillary integrity. The causes of this imperfection are various: genetics, stress, lack of sleep, thinning of the skin, aging, iron deficiency anemia, hyperpigmentation, but also incorrect behaviors such as overexposure to sunlight and smoking.
Instead eye bags are an imperfection caused by an alteration of lymphatic drainage and fluid accumulation. Eye bags and dark circles, tend to worsen in situations of high stress and with the passage of time, as well as with hormonal changes, water retention, allergies and poor diet.
Dark circles and eye bags in summer
Remember that dark circles and eye bags, in addition to becoming a persistent blemish, tend to worsen during the summer. Heat, temperature changes and alternating between excessive humidity and dry heat can only worsen the situation, especially if you are already prone to their formation. So don’t forget to include an SPF 50 sunscreen in your morning skincare!
How to prevent eye bags and dark circles?
To prevent the appearance of eye bags and dark circles and thus maintain a fresh and bright look, it is necessary to start from your lifestyle:
- Get enough sleep (sometimes it’s inevitable to keep late hours, but it doesn’t have to be a constant)
- Protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses and applying a high sunscreen
- Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption (your lungs and liver will thank you as well as your skin).
- Massage the eye area when applying face cream or eye contour to improve circulation
- Keep your head slightly elevated while you sleep (to reduce the accumulation of liquids that tend to build up under the eyes during sleeping hours)
- limits the consumption of salt and salty food to avoid further water retention
These are small, easy-to-follow steps that can make all the difference.
How to treat eye bags and dark circles
Can we apply face cream in the periocular area? This question arises spontaneously and our answer is YES! Except, however, in cases where the cream – day, night or h24 – is formulated with acid or acidic pH, or in cases of extreme sensitivity in the eye area (if you fall into this category, it is better to apply a specific product for the eye area – serums or creams – but avoiding those that contain Retinol, an ingredient that sensitizes the skin and can react with sun exposure creating unsightly spots).
For the treatment of dark circles at dermocosmetic level are used substances capable of stimulating the microcirculation such as extract of Centella, Horse Chestnut, Caffeine and Peptides, and substances with antioxidant action, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. For bags instead are used substances with decongestant action as the extract of Chamomile, Calendula extract and Peptides.
In terms of natural remedies, cold compresses can also help, such as those made with chamomile, green tea leaves, aloe gel or milk. For a soothing effect also apply slices of potato or cucumber can help because they are vegetables with moisturizing and vasoconstrictive properties.
In more serious cases, to treat the periocular area, it is possible to turn to the cosmetic surgeon to carry out treatments with hyaluronic acid fillers or blepharoplasty surgery. Before choosing this solution, you should consult your doctor or dermatologist of choice.