It’s bad enough that we have to worry about failing vision and cataracts as we age. To (kind of literally) add insult to injury, a host of other issues also alter the appearance of the eye area, and as we all know, well, there’s a lot that can go wrong.
Luckily, we’re seeing solutions on the horizon, so to speak. Here’s a quick reference guide to the problems you complain about most, and what you can do about them.
The Problem: Dark Circles
What’s up: There are tons of causes for the shadowy, unwelcome guests that cloud our under-eye area. The blueish-purple rings aren’t just associated with getting older – people of all ages suffer from them due to a host of reasons ranging from heredity to allergies – but combine thinning skin with lifestyle factors such as chronic stress, drinking, smoking and sun exposure catching up with us, and under-eye circles can take a turn for the worse.
3 Easy Fixes
Beginning: To effectively cover a dark under-eye area with makeup, choose a creamy concealer in one shade lighter than your skin tone. Make sure to go with a blend that contains yellow undertones, which help neutralize a purple cast.
Medium: Don’t shoot the messenger, but most derms contend that despite product claims, so far, no skin-care product has truly been scientifically proven to combat under-eye circles. That said, like makeup, some can improve the appearance of them. Look for a product that contains light-reflecting pigments, which deliver a kind of “mirage” effect to dark areas. Hydroquinone or kojic acid can also help lighten the area if you’re dealing with hyper-pigmentation issues. (That's when the skin is dark, not the blood vessels below the skin.)
Advanced: When all else fails, visit a dermatologist to determine what more aggressive measures you can take. Chemical peels can sometimes improve the condition, and many derms swear by laser resurfacing – which will usually vary from doctor to doctor – to treat the problem. One leading Beverly Hills cosmetic derm uses non-invasive blue light therapy and a Coolaser treatment to battle dark circles.