Have you tried countless skin care products to fix the dark circles or bags under your eyes, but found nothing seems to work?
Are you at the point of considering surgery to fix your under-eye issues?
Waking up to find dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes almost seems like an omen for the rest of the day. However, depending on the causes of your under-eye circles and bags, there are various methods to nip this issue in the bud without surgery. Dr. Bailey outlines all the best under-eye treatments in her original blog What Causes Under-Eye Circles, Bags, and Puffiness. But before we review Dr. Bailey’s best under-eye treatments, it is important to understand the cause of your under-eye circles.
What Causes Under-Eye Dark Circles and Puffy Bags?
Under-eye circles may be a result of genetics. Or it may be a result of lack of sleep, illness, or fluid retention. Therefore, some under-eye circles can be reversed, others cannot. Whether it is genetics or lethargy, both cause congestion of your blood vessel circulation, hyperpigmentation, or shadowing. As Dr. Bailey says:
Dark under-eye circles can be caused by congestion of your blood vessels, excess pigment, and shadowing.
Congestion of blood vessel circulation leads to fluid-build up (edema) in the under-eye area, aka the “puffy eyes.” Hyperpigmentation is excessive skin pigment; it usually causes brown discoloration under the eyes. Shadowing occurs when facial contours cast a shadow on the under-eye area. Depending on bone structure, eyeball level of recession into the eye socket, or amount of aging skin that has loosened, shadowing may be more or less severe.
Overall, the skin under your eyes serves as an indicator of your current vitality. Taking care of your health is the first step to improving your under-eye circles and bags. Below is an overview of Dr. Bailey’s best under-eye treatments depending on the root cause.
The Best Under-Eye Treatments for Congested Blood Vessels
Exercise to increase circulation
Get a full night sleep
Eat a healthy diet
Maintain a healthy balance in your life to avoid “run-down” exhaustion
Skin Care Treatments
Skin care products with Arinca, vitamin K, and peptides. Dr. Bailey’s favorite under-eye product is Replenix Eye Repair Cream.
Cool compresses, such as cool cucumber slices, held to reduce swelling
Reduce salt and MSG consumption to decrease edema (fluid build-up) and swelling
The Best Under Eye Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
Use Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB mineral sunscreen with at least 5% zinc oxide every day. Dr. Bailey recommends Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream tinted sunscreen with 20% zinc oxide, or Glycolix Elite Sunscreen with 17% zinc oxide designed for sensitive skin such as the under-eye area. She also finds Citrix Sunscreen and Solbar Zinc Sunscreen useful for the under-eye area.
Apply Mineral Makeup on top of your sunscreen. The mineral pigments help deflect harmful UV rays as well
Skin Care “Lightening” Treatments
Use skin care products with known skin lighteners (hydroquinone cream, Retin A, AHA’s or retinol). Apply with care, since many of these ingredients are harsh to the thin and delicate skin under the eye. This is why Dr. Bailey loves the Replenix Eye Repair Cream, it has the perfect amount of retinol to reduce pigmentation without irritation.
Intense Pulsed Light Treatments provide great results for many of Dr. Bailey’s patients with hyperpigmentation under the eye.
The Best Under-Eye Treatments for Shadowing
Injections or eye fillers in the under eye groove to lift the skin and decrease the shadow
Complex plastic surgery procedures
Skin Care Treatments
Use eye creams designed to layer and fill in wrinkles/crinkles, such as Replenix Eye Repair Cream. This will help alter the eye contours and increase the amount of light reflected in previously “shadowed” areas.
Apply makeup and concealers over your eye cream and sunscreen that are a shade or two lighter than your facial skin. Check out these Under Eye Concealer tricks by one of Dr. Bailey’s favorite beauty bloggers that is also a doctor, Christine of 15 Minute Beauty.
Take Home Message for Dr. Bailey’s Best Under-Eye Treatments
If the main cause is not genetic, there are several courses of action to take depending on the under-eye skin issue without resorting to surgery. When it comes to skin care products, the best under-eye treatment is the Replenix Eye Repair Cream as it treats all under-eye skin issues. It contains retinol for fine lines and wrinkles, Arinca for dark brown/purple discoloration, and peptides that stimulate lymphatic drainage and increase skin firmness. Dr. Bailey calls this a “miracle” eye cream because it is truly an all-in-one treatment that most other eye creams lack. If you would like a more in-depth review of Dr. Bailey’s best under-eye treatments, click here.
“…Most of the eye creams I’ve used have never been effective in keeping my under eye area well hydrated and have sometimes caused irritation. Replenix Eye Repair is gentle and hydrating. I feel as though the puffiness I suffer from has improved with its regular use.” S. Marshall
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