Only pandas look cute with dark circles! The skin around the eye is the thinnest on the body and over the years it naturally loses elasticity, causing it to become thinner and making imperfections below the surface a lot more visible. That’s why so many of us struggle with dark circles.
The bad news is it only gets worse as we age, regardless of whether they’ve had their 8 hours sleep or not.
Numerous factors can cause or promote dark shadows under the eyes, including:
- Sun damage
- Prominent veins and capillaries that show through thin skin
- Natural facial shadows from deep set eye sockets
- Build-up of dry, damaged skin cells around the eyes, causing light to reflect poorly
Fear not – me and the team at You By Sia are here to help! Here are five effective ways reduce those dark undereye circles:
Load up on Vitamin K
Getting a good dose of vitamin K (both internally and with topical products) strengthens the blood vessel walls and increases blood flow beneath the skin. This enables the blood to flow fluently and stops the pooling that causes the dark shadows. To get a dose of foods rich in vitamin K, try stocking up on leafy greens like broccoli and spinach. Skincare wise, our You By Sia Revive Serum is highly infused with Vitamin K and C, reducing the appearance of dark circles and restoring a healthy skin texture and appearance.
Go Skin Deep
To create a thicker, smoother and clearer canvas under the eye, you need to improve the skins density and structure in this area. Our Skin Needling therapy is an easy and effective treatment, designed to do just this! By using a series of microscopic needles to cause multiple, micro-punctures in the dermal layer of skin, this stimulates growth factors in the derma layer, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. Once complete, the treated skin is left healthier and thicker, dramatically reducing any previous imperfections.
Protect Your Peepers
The skin around our eyes is extremely delicate, making it highly susceptible to sun damage, but sensitive to many conventional sunscreen formulas. Whilst it is essential to protect our delicate eye area from UV rays in order to keep it thick, healthy and safe from the risk of pigmentation, you must ensure you are using an SPF which doesn’t contain irritating ingredients. By using a mineral sunscreen around the eye with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as active ingredients, you apply a physical barrier on the skin. This protects the area without absorbing the product and causing potential irritation.
A Helping Hand
Last but not least, it never hurts to pop a little mineral concealer to your under eyes after your mineral foundation. While foundation is designed to smooth out your skin tone, concealer is there to hide those final imperfections that are still peeking through.
As with most skin concerns, dark circles will be heavily influenced by your diet and lifestyle choices. Factors such as poor hydration, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise and rest will all play a huge roll in how your skin appears each morning. By incorporating a good ratio of fruit, vegetables, water, sleep and exercise into your daily routine, this will contribute to a healthy, clear and glowing complexion all round.
For further information on treatments and products available at You By Sia contact one of our four clinics based in Bondi Junction, Sydney CBD, Castle Hill & St.Ives