Oh, the beauty of existence – we are all flawed because we are human! We know we should be watching our weight, but we find ourselves justifying our cheat days on a regular basis. We know we should wear sunglasses when we go out, but we often forget. And so it goes with life.
That doesn't mean we can't develop certain routines and best practices for minimizing the unavoidable consequences of a well-lived life, though. There are many strategies and tactics we can employ to battle symptoms of aging after every late-night chat over drinks, every day out in the sun, and every bedtime we didn't have the energy to apply eye cream.
Even if you've spent your entire life treating your skin with the utmost care, we're all going to show symptoms of aging at some point – and that includes under-eye bags and dark circles. Veins will ultimately start to show through the thin skin around your eyes, regardless of what sort of skin you have or what good habits you maintain. Because we already know that exposure to the sun accelerates the breakdown of collagen, developing disciplined and consistent sunblock application habits from a young age is your best defense against under-eye circles and reduces sun damage on skin.
When our blood accumulates in the capillaries under our eyes, it is simply more visible through lighter skin; thus, those of us who have inherited fair or thin skin are more likely to display undereye circles than others. Allergies to dust or mold year-round, as well as seasonal allergies that many of us suffer from in the spring, cause the production of histamine, also resulting in dark circles. Here are some tips you could experiment with to get rid of dark spots and under-eye circles.
Chemical peels are a great way to rejuvenate skin so that it forms anew. This cosmetic dermatology procedure involves the application of a chemical mixture to the skin. Once applied, the chemical reaction eventually causes the skin to peel and slough away. When that layer is gone, a new, more even-toned layer of skin appears, thus eliminating dark spots over time.
Apply moisturizer twice daily, as this is the most basic habit to remember. Use a thinner moisturizer with SPF during the day, and make sure to use a heavier moisturizer and eye cream every night before going to bed. Retinol eye treatments are popular, but they aren't right for everyone. Otherwise, you risk producing red, flaky rashes and dry skin if you use it more than twice a week. So be sure to pick products that are right for you.
If all else fails, professional laser therapy is an option. Lasers can be used by a dermatologist to treat bluish and red discoloration under the eyes. Vascular lasers reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles by restricting visible blood vessels. This non-invasive procedure is a great way to even out your skin tone and alleviate the dark circles.
No matter how you wish to treat your dark spots and undereye circles, any of these treatment options are sure to work. So if you’re in Cincinnati, Ohio and want more personalized advice on this issue, our experts at The Dermatology Group can help! Give us a call today!