Sleep deprivation contributes to a paler skin, allowing for dark tissues and vessels beneath your skin to show; the dreadful dark circles. But even after a good night’s sleep, you wake up with dark circles under the lower eyelids and puffy eyes. A late night, a couple of drinks, or for no clear reason, it may be worse on some days than others, but even when your sleep routine is on point, people ask if you are tired or suffering from allergies.
There are many factors that contribute to the appearance of dark circles. It's a form of edema, water retention under the eyes, and is not an issue with the skin itself. Because we spend hours lying down at night, excess water settles under the eyes, which is why we often wake up with puffy eyes that improve throughout the day.
Unfortunately, every day irritants can trigger puffiness. Allergies, sinus problems, dust and pollution can increase inflammation as well as water retention. Smoke, excessive heat or air conditioning, and eye strain, including reading in the dark, staring at a computer screen, or squinting in bright light—think anything that makes your eyes water—can also be triggers!
Fluctuations in the body’s hormones, blood sugar, or hemoglobin can all contribute to puffy eyes. These changes in body chemistry affect our kidneys, which are responsible for cleaning toxins from our blood and, in turn, affects the water balance throughout the body, including around the eyes. Medications that affect the natural balance of water in the body, whether dehydration or water retention, can also cause puffiness. Though counter-intuitive, dehydration, for any reason, is a major cause of puffiness. Our eye sockets hold onto, and store, extra water when we are dehydrated.
As we age, our eyes have a harder time adapting to all these conditions, which means we may notice more frequent or severely puffy eyes. Add to that the fact that the skin around the eyes starts to weaken and thin with age, the dark circles become much more visible.
Treatment options for dark circles run the gamut in terms of price and invasiveness. For those who don’t mind costly procedures, Botox, Juvederm, and Restylane, can be used alone or in conjunction with one another. With these types of solutions, a small syringe is inserted under the eye to reduce puffiness and wrinkles for up to six months. The only permanent solution is plastic surgery, however, eye lifts can alter the overall look of your face, resulting in that ‘pulled tight’ look.
On the flip side, quick and affordable home remedies include cucumbers, tea bags, and cold compresses, and other items placed on the eyes to reduce water retention. While these options do work temporarily, serums and eye creams containing the vitamins and minerals that make cucumbers and tea effective, in conjunction with collagen, can yield longer-lasting and more complete results (think reduced puffiness, wrinkles, and eye circles altogether!).
This works great for:
Women and men who experience chronic eye puffiness and dark circles that lasts beyond their morning routine. Those that take medications or on special diets that cause water retention or dehydration, or live in extreme climates or areas with a lot of irritants including pollution and allergens. Specially formulated serums and creams work particularly well for people experiencing age-related puffiness.
How it works:
The combination of ingredients including chamomile, green tea, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and nutrient-rich water from the Dead Sea improve blood circulation around the eyes, which is the first step to reducing puffiness. The eye serum maximizes the impact of these ingredients by penetrating the deepest layers of epidermis, stretching the skin and opening fine lines, where the collagen, found in both the serum and cream, can fill wrinkles for a smoother, rejuvenated appearance.
Applied on top of the serum, the eye cream tightens skin and locks in vitamins and minerals where they continue to improve circulation and reduce puffiness. Packed with seaweed and beta carotene, the eye cream protects skin from harmful environmental irritants, stimulates blood flow, and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent keeping eye puffiness at bay throughout the day.
How this is different than other eye treatments:
Unlike most skincare products, this puff-reducing pair contains no phthalates, which can damage the liver and kidneys, key organs in fighting puffiness. Commonly used synthetic alcohols and artificial dyes can further irritate delicate eye skin and are found in many other eye treatments.
Like the entire Arianna Skincare line, use of minerals from the Dead Sea make these products more potent and effective than typical collagen-boosting serums and creams. The unique combination and heavy concentration of minerals allow for deeper epidermal stimulation, which means better, longer-lasting results.
Collagen Boost Eye Serum Treatment
After washing your face, gently apply a dime-sized amount to the delicate eye area using the pad of your ring finger. Apply nightly about 15 minutes before bed for maximal impact.
Instant Repair Collagen Eye Cream
Using light circular motions, apply a dime-sized amount over the serum at night and before applying makeup in the morning.
When you first apply these two products, puffiness will begin to diminish. After a month of use, you will see a more dramatic reduction in puffiness that lasts throughout the day, as well as decreased darkness and wrinkles in the area.