The Procrastinator's Guide to Anti-Aging
If you've been putting off a proper anti-aging skin care regimen, help is here
According to Lupo, several issues contribute to dark circles, and you've got to know the root cause in order to properly treat them. If your circles are more brown in color, overexposure to the sun is the culprit. Sinus problems can cause vascular congestion, which can give those circles a bluish hue. Allergies that cause itchy eyes (which you reflexively rub) can also thicken and darken the skin around your eyes, says Lupo.
First step: Wear sunglasses when you're outside or driving and use an under-eye concealer with SPF to avoid dark circles caused by sun damage. If your dark circles are a result of sinus problems or allergies, see an allergist or ear/nose/throat specialist.
Treating dark circles "is a real judgement call, as each case is unique," Lupo says. "Some need retinol-like ingredients, some peptides, some anti-inflammatory ingredients; there really is no one good way." When applying these creams, Patterson says to dab small amounts at the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Use your middle finger to gently press the cream into the skin by rolling the finger from side to side over the area. "Do not pat or rub the skin," Patterson says.
A healthy diet can also improve discoloration around the eyes. Choosing foods that contain vitamins K and B can help minimize dark circles caused by water retention and poor blood flow. Eggs, beans and green vegetables like spinach, asparagus and broccoli are good sources of vitamin K, and yogurt, fish and green vegetables are rich in B vitamins.
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