Lack of sleep, sun damage, and dehydration can lead all lead to an under-eye area that’s drastically in need of a boost. Not to mention genetics which play a leading role in the appearance of periorbital dark circles and dreaded eye bags.
While you can’t do much to change your DNA, these expert tips from co-founders of London skin clinic, Victor & Garth, may help to send eye bags packing for good.
Ditch the filler
“Historically, tear trough filler which involved injecting filler into the under-eye area to restore volume and reduce the appearance of dark circles, has been the go-to treatment for the under-eye area but this papers over the cracks rather than treating the cause,” shares Dr Miriam.
Plus, it’s one of the higher-risk treatments that can leave patients susceptible to complications. The risks include the ‘tynsall effect’, where filler sits just below skin’s surface causing a blueish colour that gives the appearance of dark circles, and also puffiness due to swelling in the delicate eye area.
Instead, you should consider getting to the cause of the problem with a treatment such as Morpheus8, the latest FDA-approved skin-tightening treatment that is safer than filler, and ideal for combatting the signs of tired eyes.
Make the most of the winter to perk up your features
What’s more, as well as being suitable for all skin types, this time of year is the best time to try the treatment as warmer months can increase the risk of swelling. For best results, Dr Miriam advises three sessions of Morpheus will get patients tighter skin and remodelling of the under-eye. Plus, it treats the root cause by targeting muscles that are sagging, thus tightening the rest of the area.
Morpheus 8 is available at salons like Victor & Garth where prices start from £300 per session.
You can’t change your DNA, but you can switch up your skincare
At home- eye creams and treatments can help and there are topical products that can reduce the factors that lead to dark circles and under eye bags.
“Not only a pick me up come morning, caffeine works wonders due to its vasoconstrictive properties,” shares Dr Miriam, meaning that it reduces swelling and prevents fluid from stagnating around the eyes. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Hyaluronic Acid is also a powerhouse when it comes to hydrating this delicate area especially as the super-thin-skin around the eye, appears smoother when adequately hydrates. It’s also important to encourage skin to produce as much collagen as possible.
“This is where ceramides, plus vitamins B3 (otherwise known as Niacinamide), A, C and E are integral,” she continues.
Never underestimate the power of massage
“You can also use gentle eye massage a few times a week at home to increase your lymphatic circulation,” advises Dr Lauren. “This helps to reduce dark circles and minimise puffiness.”
Use gentle tapping motions with your index and middle fingers to tap around the perimeter of the eye. Be gentle as the tugging and dragging can damage the delicate area. There are pressure points around the eye area that also link to the rest of the body. As well as awakening the skin around your eyes, these points can help the digestive and detoxing function of organs.