The 3 step guide to fighting tired eyes!
Dark circles? Hollowing? Bags? Any of these sound like your eyes? If yes, then you know dealing with these can be a real eye sore (excuse the pun).
Like me, you may have struggled with some or all of these:
Sunken appearance of the eyes
Darkening of the lower eyelid
Bags under the eyes
Doesn’t fix with makeup
You’ve probably used 10s of different products, drank bucket loads of water and tried hibernating like a bear – but still no luck.
First thing is first, for many of you this issue is genetic and not a direct result of lifestyle.
Consequently, you might be noticing changes in your early 20s! For others, a lifestyle fix may solve the problem but, we all know in the fast-paced world we live in, some of these fixes are just not practical.
So, let’s look at some practical high impact solutions. You can use any combination of the following treatments but, a consultation with a qualified professional is the very first thing that you should always do.
Not everyone is the same and even this advice may need to be tailored to you. Think of this as clueing you up and not a replacement for a pro.
1) Hyaluronic Acid Fillers!
Time to results: 1 day to 1 week
Lasts: 9 months to one year
A Tear Trough Deformity in medicine is how we describe hollowing of under the eyes with some associated eye bag formation and/or darkening under the eyes.
By using the correct type of Hyaluronic Acid Filler and the correct injection technique, we can create volume under the eyes and reduce the shadow; giving a near instant brighter look to your eyes.
Pain associated with the procedure is short lived and minimal, as is bruising.
For those of you where bags are the problem, mild to moderate eye bags can also be helped with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers by creating a more even, flat appearance.
Under eye bags treated with dermal fillers
If you have severe bags under the eyes then you may not be suitable for fillers and a treatment like PlexR (depending on skin complexion) may be more appropriate.
Furthermore, when addressing tear troughs, filling the cheeks should also be considered as an alternative or combination treatment.
This provides support to the above structures; helping to prevent and improve bag formation.
This technique requires a high level of skill, so make sure you seek out someone competent in the procedure.
2) Vitamin C Serums
Time to results: from 6-8 weeks
Lasts: With continued use
These help with skin darkening aka hyperpigmentation. There are many of them about but, only a few are in the correct form in order to be effective.
Look for products with 10% to 20% Vitamin C in the L-Ascorbic Acid form. Any less probably won’t be effective and any more has no added benefit.
I often tell people that their vitamin C serum should be a clear fluid in a dark bottle (protecting it from sunlight).
If you’re purchasing something that looks like that then you’re probably on the right track. If it’s combined with Vitamin E- even better!
Treated with a combination of hyaluronic acid fillers and vitamin C serum
3) Hydrafirm® by ZO®
Time to results: from approximately 9 weeks
Lasts: As long as you keep using it.
I won’t often recommend products from particular companies unless I’ve personally used them or, like in this case, they are from ground breaking companies such as ZO®.
This product is right up there on the market. This could be considered your tool of choice if you’re suffering from dark circles around the eyes and want a tighter look.
It boasts some great numbers and contains retinol (skin quality), kojic acid (skin lightening), and caffeine (skin tightening). This is one of the companies I trust to use on my own skin.
So, those are my top 3 recommendations for interventions around the eye. Remember, seek advice and make sure you patch test any product on your arm or somewhere concealed before you apply it to your face.
Now, go and take your next steps to a brighter, more rejuvenated you!
Dr Uche is an author and award winning advanced Aesthetic Practitioner. He is also the founder of the founder of The Cosmetic Eye Clinic.