Treating Dark Circles From Home: Esthetician's Tips
Sep. 19, 2020
Almost all of us have shifted our day to day lives because of the pandemic. We have altered our work and social lives, our sleep schedules, and our beauty routines. And let’s not even get started on how wearing masks every day is affecting our skin!
Many people are noticing the change of schedule affecting their sleep. But lack of sleep isn’t the only cause of dark circles. Some common causes include:
- Collagen loss
- Bone structure
- Sun damage
- Sleep posture
- Alcohol intake
*Note that some of the causes above may only be treated by a healthcare professional.
We’re going to discuss some treatments you can do from home to help brighten the under-eye area. It’s important to identify what's causing your dark circles before starting a treatment. It is wise to do your research or schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or licensed esthetician if you believe you need professional help or are unsure what your cause is. And fear not; there are many options nowadays for virtual consultations and appointments!
Vitamin K is naturally found in the body and is a key factor in healing processes. Blood clotting is important for preventing blood loss after injury, and internally, vitamin K helps to allow blood to remain where it should be and prevents it from consistently pooling at an injury site (without it, you’d still have every bruise you’ve ever had!) Vitamin K is also a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Several studies have been done to test the efficacy of vitamin K applied topically for dark under-eye circles with positive results. Vitamin K helps dark, bruise-like shadows under the eyes by keeping veins functioning properly under the skin. I love this vitamin K serum because it reduces discoloration all over the face, as well as around the preorbital bone.
Sanitas Vita K Serum $27 USD
*Pro Tip: A vitamin C serum or eye cream also works as an antioxidant with brightening properties.
Peptide Eye Cream
Peptides are amino acids that help build collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen loss accentuates dark circles because of the translucency it gives the skin due to thinning. Incorporating an eye cream with peptide chains will help restore the density of your under-eye area and in turn diminish the darkness underneath your eyes. Peptides are also amazing for wrinkles around the eyes!
MuradRenewing Eye Cream
*Pro Tip: You can use an eye cream that has peptides in it on fine lines around your mouth or in between your eyebrows!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the spoon-in-the-freezer trick, where you put cool spoons over your eyes to reduce puffiness in the morning. The way cold spoons help puffiness can help with dark circles too! Cool temperatures help to reduce the appearance of prominent blood vessels. This means that the bluish-purple tint of your dark circles will lessen, and the fluid that gathers while you sleep will diminish and reduce swelling. I LOVE this gel mask that you can keep in the freezer and pop on when you need it.
Earth Therapeutics Gel Bead Sleep Mask ~$9 USD
This may seem obvious, but it can be difficult to get a good night's rest all the time. Having a nighttime routine that you enjoy helps you stick to it. For me, it’s aromatherapy (lavender for the win!), reading, playing the piano, and of course, my nighttime skincare routine. Having a routine that you do every night in the hours leading to bedtime begins to train your body and mind to prepare for sleep. It can also be helpful to try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day (yes, even on the weekends.) This helps your body know when it’s time to sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed, and your under-eyes can remain bright!
There are many, many other methods that have had good results for dark circles, so remember that one size does not fit all when it comes to skincare. Things like adding an extra pillow under your head at night to reduce fluid retention under the eyes, reducing alcohol and tobacco consumption, and increasing water intake can all help brighten the under-eye area. Many times, dark circles are hereditary or caused by bone structure, but they can sometimes be treated by a doctor. As always, following a good skincare routine is step 1. It’s vital to keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, especially the skin under your eyes!
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HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
Okay guys as I have said before I am guilty of rarely ever wearing sunscreen. I just never liked the feel of it on my skin. I always felt like it made me greasy & clogged my pores. However, once I heard about this product I was very intrigued. NIOD - Survival 30 It actually isn’t sold in the United States for some reason so I had to purchase it on a UK website. (Beauty Bay) It is an antioxidant serum with SPF 30. At first, it appears to be tinted but it’s actually not. On NIOD’s website they state: “The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol.” It blends in with your skin so easily & does not leave a white cast like some other SPF products. However this serum literally makes my skin tone soo even & perfect! It also contains silicone so it completely smooths over my pores. AND besides all that great stuff, it’s a mineral sunscreen! So it protects against environmental & lifestyle issues. Like UV rays, blue light, etc. I have never loved a product as much as this one! I literally cannot believe how good my skin looks while using this stuff! For a 30ml bottle, I paid $33 on the Beauty Bay site. For me, that is completely worth it! It comes in this adorable packaging & pretty glass bottle. It also has a pump dispenser & squirts out the perfect amount for a single use! I really can’t recommend this stuff enough guys! It’s wonderful!! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
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