Some signs of aging can seem to pop up overnight. One day your face in the mirror looks well-rested and energetic, and the next all you can see are your crow’s feet and dark circles. Part of this is because your eyes are very sensitive. The skin around your eyes is paper-thin but full of blood vessels, which results in a tendency towards sagging, swelling and discoloration. If your dark circles or under-eye bags are making you look older or more tired than you feel, there are ways you can reduce their effects and restore vitality to your appearance.
Products An eye cream or serum applied in the morning and night can be especially effective for dark circles. There are many options on the market, which means it can be hard to tell what will be effective and what won’t produce visible results. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about skin care products they prefer: a professional opinion on ingredients that will work for you is the best way to ensure you don’t waste time and money on products that don’t deliver.
At Dr. Clayman’s Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, we consistently recommend TNS Eye Repair from SkinMedica. Our clients can use this eye product with complete confidence: SkinMedica uses clinically-tested ingredients designed to deliver vitamins and nutrients directly to your skin. SkinMedica’s Eye Repair contains TNS, an exclusively formulated combination of proteins that replenishes and strengthens collagen and the framework between your skin cells. TNS Eye Repair blends TNS with Vitamins A, C and E to fight off free radicals, reduce hyperpigmentation and replenish moisture. These ingredients are skincare professionals’ favorites because they counteract the causes of dark circles instead of simply hiding or reducing them.
thinnIf you have dark circles, one of the culprits might be sun damage. When you expose the sensitive skin of your eye area to UV rays, molecular bonds in your skin cells are damaged. This results in free radicals, molecules that can have harmful effects if they form new bonds with important cell structures like DNA and proteins. Antioxidants are substances that prevent free radicals from forming these bonds–Vitamins C and E are two of your body’s most effective antioxidants.
Thinning skin is another reason your dark circles might be worsening with age. As your skin loses collagen–a simple fact as you grow older–it becomes thinner, exposing the many blood vessels around your eye and causing your skin to appear darker. Using an eye cream that contains collagen-building ingredients like TNS and Vitamin A is imperative to strengthening and thickening your skin, hiding your blood vessels and lightening your under-eye area.
SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair uses medical-grade varieties of all the right ingredients, making it one of the best options on the market to combat your dark circles. To target your crow’s feet alongside your dark circles, Dr. Clayman recommends pairing the TNS Eye Repair with SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum, formulated to reduce wrinkles and even skin tone.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Puffiness and dark circles really can appear overnight if you haven’t been sleeping well. Irregularities like these are your body’s way of telling you that you need more rest even if you don’t feel tired. The amount of sleep you need varies from person to person, but doctors recommend seven to nine hours every night.
If you are consistently sleeping less than the recommended amount, your undereye bags and puffiness are at risk of being more pronounced. Getting more sleep is also a smart way to combat puffy eyes and dark circles caused by the natural aging process. A lack of sleep can cause the blood vessels under your eyes to tighten, which constricts blood flow and worsens the condition of the skin around your eyes. When you sleep, your body regulates circulation and keeps blood flowing smoothly–particularly in your head, since your brain remains active when you aren’t awake. While a single well-rested night won’t be enough to eliminate circles or puffiness, good sleeping habits can keep them at bay and improve them if they’re already appearing. If you are frustrated by signs of aging around your eyes and you are looking for effective treatments, contact Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa today. Call us at 904-388-6110 to schedule a consultation where you can discuss your needs and options with our doctors and staff. We are happy to answer any questions you might have and address your concerns to find the right treatment or treatments for you.