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If the eyes are the mirror to the soul, dark circles and puffiness are telling the world you have the essence of a dark, plump, diva......

No one likes to think about the aging process, but as we age, most of us will get at least one of these distressing conditions. Most women notice their first signs of aging around the eyes. 




                             So what is the cause?

   The natural aging process-

 As hard as it was for Jone Rivers to admit, we do age. As we age, the ligaments that hold a certain amount of fat in the eye area gets weaker allowing fat to push forward and that is what forms the puffiness under the eye. 

Dark circles become visible with age because the skin on our faces gets thinner.  Ronald Moy,  a dermatologist at UCLA, studied dark circles and puffiness caused by the aging process. He says, the best thing to do for aging eyes is to use a Retin-A cream. Retin-A has been proven to help slow down eye aging and increase collagen levels.

  •  Hereditary-


It could be that mom and dad passed down this genetic issue. The genes related to dark circles around the eyes are the genes that cause weakened blood vessels and capillaries in the skin.  The inheritance of an abnormal lymph circulation is the cause of puffiness.  Skin tone, including transparency of the skin, is also inherited and can make dark circles appear more dramatic.  If you were unlucky and inherited dark circles or puffiness, don't panic!  Although,  creams will probably not work for you, there are fillers from the doctor's office such as, Restalyne and Juvederm that will help take the edge off or it could diminish the darkness. If you're really desperate, there is a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty for puffiness. 

If you're not ready for the needle or surgery- concealer is an alternative. But, don't glob on a bunch of concealer, this will only make your under eye area look cakey and dry making you look older.  Put on a light moisturizer first. Make sure your moisturizer include ingredients such as haloxyl, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, vitamin K, vitamins AC& E or Retinol. All of these ingredients will treat under eye issues and will make the under eye area smoother.  
  

  •  Lifestyle choices- 
  "I heard recently in Jay Leno's monolog that I call myself the Machine. I've never called myself the Machine. It was a nickname my friends gave me in the old days because when they were all ready to go home, I was always the last guy standing, insisting that the party continue."-Charlie Sheen
                                         
  Partying like a "Ma-Sheen" is a guaranteed way to wake up with dark circles and puffiness. If it’s not from being punched in the eye by a hooker- more than likely, it's from a lack of sleep.  When your body doesn't obtain an adequate amount of sleep, you generally look paler. Pale skin makes dark circles look darker AND not drinking enough water, drinking too much alcohol, or caffeine, without replenishing electrolytes in the body will cause you to dehydrate. Dark circles are the number one sign of dehydration. 

Let's not forget your diet. A diet low in iron, an extreme calorie restricting diet, and foods that cause fluid retention, such as, too much salt causes blood vessels under the eyes to dilate and engorged contributing to dark circles and puffiness. 

If the cause of your dark circles and puffy eyes is due to partying too hard, a change of lifestyle is needed. Your skin will thank you. Instead of partying seven nights a week,  try partying three or four nights and don't forget, your skin needs a balanced diet to stay healthy. Make sure your diet contains an adequate amount of iron to avoid anemia, a condition that can cause the skin to become pale. Eat a  low salt diet and drink at least eight, 8oz cups of water a day. If you just can’t stop partying, always carry a bottle of water, a  good eye cream, and heavy coverage concealer with you and may the force be with you.  ;) 
    •  Allergies-
                            
    Yes, allergies! =/ It's a condition of hypersensitivity to a substance. Allergies cause dark circles and puffiness in two ways: first, when your allergic to a substance your body releases histamine causing dark smudges and "puffed" eyes.  Second, the itchy eyes that come with allergies cause us to rub our eyes and rubbing the eyes and the skin around the eyes make dark circles even darker.                                                                                                                                                         

    If allergies are the culprit of your dark under eye circles and puffy eyes, then determine what is causing the allergy and eliminate it. You can also have a doctor test you for allergies. An antihistamine such as Allegra-D can help alleviate allergy symptoms and possibly get rid of your dark circles. The more natural route is eating local honey.     
    • Sun exposure-


     No matter how much the cast of Jersey Shore tried to convince you in 2012 that looking like an Oompa Loompa is cool, too much sun does more harm than good. The sun is one of the avoidable causes of dark circles. The sun prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color more pigment under the eyes equals darker circles. Always wear an eye treatment with an SPF 15 or higher under the eye area.  ( Try self-tanner as an alternative to the sun) 


    This blog covered the main causes of dark under eyes and puffiness. Each cause will be treated differently. It is important to find out what is causing your dark circles and puffiness and then choose the most efficient eye treatment, to avoid wasting time and money. 

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