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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


A top beauty concern amongst men and women alike is dark under eye circles. These dastardly cosmetic imperfections are aging and generally disliked by all.  Dark under eye circles, generally, are not an indication of exhaustion or serious illness (likely to be indicated by cachexia or swelling).  Though not serious, dark under eye circles can make us look older, tired and less than stellar.

The causes of dark circles are a combination of factors.  Here are the most common explanations;
- Heredity: That’s right, something you technically have no control over. Take a look at your parents and even your grandparents. Not to say it cant be helped just might take a little extra love and attention to fight back.
Allergies - Constantly rubbing and touching the eye area:  congested sinuses affect circulation and affect drainage in the eye area. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or food allergies, rubbing your eyes, puts a lot of pressure on the tender skin underneath the eyes. Continuous rubbing may make the dark circle area of your eye thinner, allowing the blue blood to show, again causing those dark circles under eyes.
Stress, smoking, lack of exercise, and drugs/alcohol:
Lack of sleep: This is probably the #1 cause people think of when you say anything about dark circles under eyes. Lack of sleep will gives you a tired, pale complexion. The paler your skin (caused by getting very little sleep over long periods of time), the more your veins will show the blood flowing under your eyes and this in turn tells the world you don’t get enough sleep!
Sun exposure: You’ve heard it all your life ”Stay out of the sun”. And now you find out the sun may even be the reason for your dark circles under eyes. Yes, the sun causes the skin to darken (tan) and it also causes it to wrinkle. Together, this winning combination will give you those pesky dark circles under your eyes
Thinning skin, loss of fat and collagen breakdown which occur with age, Broken blood vessels and thin skin:
As the skin thins through exposure to the sun and other weather related conditions (wind, dryness, etc..) and the natural aging process, the veins beneath your eyes start to appear. These will appear as blue half circles underneath your eyes. Should the capillaries start to bleed under your eyes the skin takes on the color of the oxidized blood, dark blue and red, which will mix to give your dark circles that lovely, almost black, color. The idea that you ran into a bird on the way to get the mail stops being believable when it’s both eyes
Not removing eye makeup properly: Like Allergies causing you to be tough around your eyes, same with how you go about removing your eye makeup, if your proses is harsh you could be doing more harm then good in the long run.
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To treat under eye causes;

-Reach for over the counter remedies for allergies and hay fever:
Most allergy medications can help to alleviate the itch that is causing the constant rubbing of the eyes

-Massage the area gently with treatment at night:
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-Wear a SPF moisturizer:
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Conceal with a creamy crease-less concealer to correct the color:
The easiest way to get rid of those dark circles under the eyes is to use i highlighter pen and or concealer one shade lighter than you would to conceal blemishes. Always use very light dabs with your fingertip, concealer brush or a sponge to apply the concealer under your eyes on top of the dark circles. This area is a very tender area so treat it with kindness. Apply your foundation over the dark circle area and blend. Then finish with powder. 
Mary Kay® Facial Highlighting Pen The special light-reflecting pigments in the Mary Kay® Facial Highlighting Pen optically “lift” the shadowy areas of your face. Instantly your skin looks brighter, your tone more even and your face more radiant. This easy-to-use, supersheer formula can be reapplied throughout the day to keep you looking refreshed and natural. And it’s available in four shades, for all skin tones.

 -Remove makeup with care:

Removing makeup every day is a tricky process as you don’t want to pull or tug the delicate skin around the eyes. Also you want to cause your skin to dry out by using a harsh cleanser and/or makeup remover. It is important for the health of your skin to remove any makeup before going to bed each night.

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-RELAX with home remedies:
Dark eye circles can be somewhat minimized with home remedies. plus it gives you the chance and excuses to CHILL! These remedies and always more effective when combined with products for dark circles.
Cucumbers for Dark Eye Circles 
This may sound too cliche to be true, but slices of cucumbers applied to the skin around the eyes can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Cucumber slices help to lighten the skin and also have a soothing, refreshingly cool sensation when applied.
Lay down with the cucumber slices on your eyes for at least 5 minutes, up to 10 minutes. 

  Tea for Two
For some reason, dark eye circles can't abide an old tea bag. Take a used tea bag (black, green or white), after it has cooled, and apply it to the skin under your eyes. Lay down while you do this - otherwise, it's hard to get the tea bag to stick.
Leave in place for about 10 minutes. Make sure the tea bag is somewhat dry because if it's too moist, irritating tea can get into your eyes, which can make you look like you've been crying.  
Herbal tea bags aren't recommended, except for chamomile. Chamomile tea bags can help reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes because of its anti-inflammatory properties

The cold washcloth
When washing your eyes after using any of these remedies for dark eye circles, use a washcloth soaked in cold water. Cold water helps to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes and can also reduce puffiness
Indulge® Soothing Eye Gel Revive a tired-looking appearance with this cooling, soothing gel. Contains botanicals reported to tone, firm and reduce the appearance of puffiness in the eye area. Can be used as a mask or a leave-on product 
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  1. Dark circles under the eyes are a major problem for many women and men nowadays. According to a recent study, the eyelid surgery Toronto is one of the most popular procedures for dark circle removal. Moreover, the treatment is safe, effective and affordable.

  2. Oh yes, There is always a surgery for everything! ;) but what may be "affordable" to some really isn't for others. Some people have less of an extreme case to need to take care of their under eye circles then others, so unless your products or methods over reasonable time hasn't show effective then sure if you can and its that important to you surgery may be your last resort.

  3. Sleeping for sufficient hours can get you rid of your under eye dark circles.