👉👉👉The ultimate survival kit to combatting dark circles
Jun. 23, 2020
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What are dark circles?
Dark circles are themselves a bit of a misnomer. For one, they’re not always a circle, and the “dark” isn’t always what first meets the eye. The color of the skin under your eyes can be affected by a combination of blood vessels, skin pigment, thickness of the skin, and fluid that can accumulate. It’s usually paling of the surface of the skin, darkening of skin pigments and redness from dilated blood vessels that conspire to create the nefarious condition we refer to as dark circles.
What causes dark circles?
What makes combatting dark circles challenging is that it’s a multifactorial condition, meaning there’s a range of reasons, both lifestyle and genetic, that can cause dark circles: lack of sleep, dehydration, too much alcohol, an unbalanced diet and more. The color of your skin and the shape of your eye socket could make dark circles more or less obvious. Even if you don’t have fair skin due to genetics, lack of good sleep, pregnancy and menstruation are factors that could cause you to have a minor iron deficiency, leading to your skin becoming paler and the blood vessels underneath your skin to appear darker than usual. Allergies you may have could cause irritation and redness when you rub your eyes, leading to darker pigmentation. Hay fever sufferers will be familiar with the smudges that can appear under their eye during peak allergy season.
And finally, there’s age. As you get older, the tissue around your eyes deteriorate and cause a breakdown in collagen, causing fat to move to the lower eyelids. This can give you a puffy under eyelid and cause dark shadows to form. This under-eye hollowing caused by the loss of deep fat, coupled with the skin becoming thinner and more translucent, is one of the commonest reasons for the formation of dark circles.
How to treat dark circles
I’m an advocate of natural remedies for dark circles. Sure, there’s a lot of surgical procedures out there that seem to work, but in this article I’m going to steer clear of invasive ways of treating dark circles, and instead focus on the ingredients you should look out for in your eye cream and night time products that can help even out the skin tone under your eyes over time.
AHAs: No, I’m not making an exclamation because I discovered new America. AHA stands for “alpha hydroxy acid”, and it refers to a type of face acid that’s commonly used in cosmetic products to help exfoliate and brighten the skin.
Caffeine: This constricts blood vessels under the eyes to reduce the appearance of redness. Drinking it probably won’t cut it unfortunately, so you’re going to have to look for an eye cream with some caffeine to get it right under those eye bags!
Dimethicone (and cyclomethicone): These are both silicone-type emollients that help lock in moisture and can give the appearance of a bit more padding between your skin cells, giving your skin a fuller and more radiant look. Great ingredient to use if you’re noticing hollowing under your eyes.
Hyaluronic acid: Along with glycerin, its partner in crime, hyaluronic acid will hydrate your skin by drawing water into the epidermis, leaving it looking youthful and glowing. It helps combat signs of hyperpigmentation to reduce darkness under the eyes.
Peptides: They’re good for collagen growth, and if you’ll recall you need this stuff so your eyes don’t look saggy and hollow. Especially as you age, it’s a good idea to give your falling collagen production an external boost.
Retinol: You’ll find retinol and other retinoids (a.k.a. vitamin A derivatives) under a range of different names. They’re essential for promoting cell regeneration in the skin. When used properly, they can help improve the texture and color of the skin. Make sure you follow all labels and patch test though – they’re known to cause irritations on certain skin types.
Vitamin C: Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C and other polyphenols can combat environmental aggressors like oxidative damage from free radicals. When using this ingredient to treat dark circles, make sure you go for formulas specially designated for use under the eye – they contain lower concentrations than what you’ll find in products for the face.
I wrote about ingredients this time round because I felt like it’s important to understand the fundamentals in order to form your own, effective skincare routines. I have heard of friends who’ve tried anything from putting cold tea bags under their eyes (anti-oxidants are found in green tea) to concocting their own paste using turmeric and pineapple juice and painting that over their dark circles. Whatever floats your boat, I guess! Let me know what the most effective remedies you’ve ever used are to ward off dark circles in the comments section below. From the esoteric to the outlandish, I’d love to find out!
Cleanse your skin like a pro
Cleansing is the first step of any skin regime, and it's essential to your skin's health that it is done correctly. Cleansing the skin removes makeup, sunscreen, and impurities/pollution built up from the day. Always use a Ph balanced cleanser to avoid compromising your skin's barrier. I generally switch out my gel cleanser for milk or balm in the winter months as my skin becomes drier. I find milk or balms more hydrating and soothing for the skin. My go-to right now is BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - Lait Vip O2 Oxygenating Milk Cleanser paired with either the mini glove Biologique Recherche or the Luna Cleaning tool FOREO - LUNA Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush Fuchsia to aid deeper cleaning and increase blood circulation while massaging the skin. Try not to skip cleansing at night no matter how sleepy you are, sleeping with your makeup on goes far beyond clogged pores. Sleeping with your makeup on in the long term will prematurely age your skin due to the breakdown of collagen from environmental pollutants left on the skin. Always cleanse your skin twice at night. Double cleansing is key in removing makeup and sunscreen effectively. Makeup and sunscreen are designed to stick to the skin, and one cleanse just not going to cut it. Use colder water, never hot water to cleanse your skin. Heat is not your skin's friend; it can cause tewl (transepidermal water loss), lead to irritation, dehydration and sensitivity. Avoid cleansing the skin in the shower, the water is generally too hot, and the shower's pressure can lead to burst vessels. Pat dry, do not aggressively rub your skin with a towel - I hear too many times people rub their skin aggressively with a dry face cloth to exfoliate the skin - stop it. Be gentle with your skin; there are better ways to exfoliate your skin - trust me. Which moves me on to P50 lotions BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - LOTION P50 PIGM 400 Follow your cleansing routine with the correct P50 lotion for your skin type. P50 lotion is a gentle but effective way to exfoliate, hydrate the skin while maintaining the skin's Ph and respecting its barrier function. My go-to P50 right now is Pig400 which also targets hyperpigmentation concerns. More tips and tricks on cleansing the skin below https://www.kimberlydematos.com/post/the-art-of-cleansing Dm for p50 recommendations.
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Which moisturizer is right for my skin type?
A little bit of moisturizing a day keeps the dry skin away! Moisturizing is crucial to a healthy skin barrier. All 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿𝘀 help with dry skin. Yet, not all moisturizers are created equal. So, how do you choose the 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿 for your skin? I am breaking it down today for #WinterSkinReliefDay. In general, 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿𝘀 provide a little bit of water to the skin and contain a greasy substance that holds it in. 𝗠𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿𝘀 are formulated in 𝟯 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀: ✅ 𝗢𝗰𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀: greasy/oily and block the evaporation of water from your skin. 💦 𝗛𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀: pull water into the top layer of your skin both from the air and from deeper layers of the skin. 🧖🏾♀️ 𝗘𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀: not really moisturizering but rather to make the skin feel smooth by replacing absent skin the lipids and oils to fill in all the cracks on the skin, helping smooth out the surface of your skin and repair your skin’s barrier. Here is a cheat sheet to help you select the appropriate moisturizer for your skin. 𝗣𝗿𝗼 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀 📅 𝗠𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆, regardless of your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisturizing every day with the right type of moisturizer. Please avoid moisturizing reactively, aka moisturizering 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 when your skin is dry. 🚿 Always apply to 𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗽 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻. P.S I keep my moisturizer in my shower to apply right after I towel off gently. 🔑 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿. This is key for the winter 🥶 months. You need both a humectant which draw moisture to the skin and occlusive ingredients which keep water from evaporating off of your skin. 🌓𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝗮 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗿. This is really important in the winter if you are using humectant heavy moisturizer. The dry air can pull the water out of your skin. Sounds crazy right? 🚫𝗔𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴. Even if you do not have sensitive skin. Fragrance and coloring are just a set up for possible irritation/allergy and no one has time for that. 🦶🏾 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗰𝗸. They too need some TLC. #skincaretips #moisturizer #skincareroutine #skincareproducts #dermatologist #dermatology
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