Saturday, February 6, 2010

How to Eliminate Dark Circles Under Your Eyes - Just Eliminate the Cause of the Problem

If you want to eliminate dark circles under your eyes, the best way is to eliminate the cause. Most treatments are cover-ups, do nothing for skin health, and have to be repeated over and over.

This article explains the most common cause, and shows you exactly how to eliminate circles around your eyes.

The #1 cause of dark circles under the eyes is leaking tiny blood vessels, or capillaries, under the skin. The skin under the eyes is thinner and more delicate than anywhere on your face. It's easily injured, the capillaries easily broken.

For that reason, you should make it a rule never, ever to rub around your eyes. I know, that can be a difficult promise to keep to yourself, especially if you have allergies.

A possible medical cause is iron-deficiency anemia. You should discuss this with your doctor. Anemia requires medical treatment, and should not be ignored. However, there are millions of people with dark under eye circles, and anemia is probably the cause of a relatively small number of those.

For the rest of us, the problem is different.

What happens: When the capillaries under the eyes leak, the seeping fluid contains hemoglobin. This is the compound which carries oxygen through the bloodstream to every cell in the body. When hemoglobin is saturated with oxygen, it is bright red. When it leaks out of the blood vessel, it loses its oxygen and turns bluish or purple. Only a tiny amount is usually leaking, but it adds up over time and darkens, so you get dark gray or purple circles under your eyes.

The skin here is thin to start with. If you lose fat under the skin as you get older, it seems thinner still. So the damage of the leaky blood vessels is most obvious under your eyes.

Your genes play a part in this. Some populations, such as southern Italians and others, have a tendency to under-eye dark circles. If this runs in your family, you have a partial explanation. But if you don't like those dark circles, you don't have to give up and accept them.

Circles under the eyes can mean something different, too. Some people are thinking about the puffy circles under the eyes that a lot of us just call "bags under the eyes." Bags are caused by poor drainage and loss of elasticity in the skin.

These two things don't necessarily go together. Many people have dark circles, many others have bags under the eyes, and a few have to deal with both problems.

There is an effective answer to both problems.

A really good under eye cream or eye serum (two names, same kind of product) can do the job. It must contain ingredients proven to do the job. I'll name two that do.

-- Haloxyl has been shown in clinical studies to reduce dark under-eye circles by more than 60 percent. It strengthens the blood vessels, helps remove the accumulated hemoglobin and other waste products under the eyes, and rebuilds the delicate skin.

-- Eyeliss reduced capillary permeability (the leaking), improved circulation of lymph under the eyes to reduce the puffiness, and gave the skin more firmness and elasticity.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How to Quickly Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes


Brown pigmentation that appears as dark circles under your eyes may be something you inherited from your parents, but it can also be the result of rubbing your eyes. Dark circles also occur when the blood vessels beneath the skin begin to show through due to the skin thinning with age. Lack of sleep and stress can contribute to dark circles, but are usually not the main cause, according to Dr. James Sameul. Using an eye cream as well as home remedies can reduce the appearance of circles. Applying makeup to cover the dark areas may be the fastest way to get rid of the unwanted circles.

Step 1

Apply an eye cream once a day. The emollients in eye cream will help it stay in place under the eye and will also plump the skin to hide blood vessels, says dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, M.D. in a Good Housekeeping magazine article, "The No-Knife Eye Lift." Use the cream daily as the plumping is not permanent. Look for an eye cream with plant-based lighteners like mica, licorice and kojic acid.

Step 2

Slice two thin slices of potato or cucumber, after washing them thoroughly. Lie down on your back and close your eyes. Place one slice on each eye. Remain lying down with the slices on your eyes for 20 minutes, recommends Dr. Sameul in his article, "Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dark Circle Under Eyes." Dr. Sameul is a practitioner of alternative medicine, especially Ayurveda.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of lemon juice with a cotton ball two to three times each day. You can also use tomato juice, says Dr. Sameul.

Step 4

Soak two tea bags in cold water. Squeeze excess water and place them on your eyes for at least 10 minutes. Alternatively, use a chilled cold compress, as recommended by Good Housekeeping magazine.

Step 5

Use a paste made from almond powder and dairy cream on your eyes before you go to sleep, as advised by Dr. Sameul. Massage the paste gently on the delicate eye skin with the tip of your ring or index finger.

Step 6

Cover your dark circles with concealer if the home remedies do not quickly get rid of them. Apply an eye cream in the morning and then put on concealer. Do not use foundation. Choose a concealer that is the same shade as your skin. Use a makeup brush or your finger to carefully apply the concealer from the outside corner of your eye to the inside corner. Blot off any extra concealer with a tissue.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

How to Get Rid of Your Freckles

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    Disappearing Freckle Methods!
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    Take some non-diluted lemon juice and dip a cotton (or makeup) pad into it... Let it sit for approximately fifteen minutes and then pat dry with a towel. DO NOT WASH YOUR FACE!!! The best results may come at night time before you go to sleep because the remaining lemon juice will soak into your skin easier! Repeat this daily for at least one month and you will have results!
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    Take some milk and dip it into a cotton (or makeup) pad... Rub the pad into your skin for approximately ten minutes and you cannot wash your face! Repeat for at least three months and you may have results!
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    Fading Freckle Methods
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    First, figure out your skin-tone (translcent light, fair, beige, etc.) Then visit your local pharmacy and go to the makeup section... Look for COMPACT (not blush or bronzer) that is a little lighter than your true skin tone...Put this on daily for a while and your freckles will be much less visible :)