How to combat under-eye circles


For most people, the dark shadows are a result of genetics, fatigue, or seasonal allergies, or a combination of several factors.

Skincare expert and dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldfaden explains that under-eye circles are often hereditary and certain skin types are more susceptible to them.

Dark circles can be caused by inadequate blood drainage from the superficial vessels under the eyes,” he told Cover Media. “Blood backs up into the lymphatic system, releases enzymes into the skin, and starts breaking down the tissue. Broken red blood cells under the skin cause the dark appearance.”

To reduce the appearance of dark circles, Dr. Goldfaden suggests seeking a product with a combination of soy and rice bran peptides which may reduce venous blood clotting and increase blood supply to superficial tissues, increasing the natural firmness of the skin.

“An antioxidant tea blend may diminish free radicals, reducing inflammation to minimise puffiness and wrinkling around the eyes,” he added.

While preventing under-eye bags is a good strategy, for those who’ve stayed up all night and woken up with some serious shadows, it is important to start by dabbing on some hydrating eye cream.

Denise Rabor, international make-up artist and founder of Wow Beauty, also adds that those prone to under-eye circles should invest in a quality concealer.

“Concealer can help to brighten the area underneath the eyes and can make you look more awake, however, stick to liquid concealers when trying to cover these circles, as cream products tend not to sit as nicely on the skin,” she shared.

© Cover Media

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