Apparently in addition to genetics, stress, age, salty foods, sunlight and skin type, allergies can also trigger dark under eye shadows. I had brought my dark circles under control with Triluma, a combo of Retin A, hydroquinone and a steroid to keep things calm. After three months of use, you could see a real change. However Triluma can only be used for three months at a time and then you need take a three month holiday before it can be used again. Its that strong.
In the meantime, I made sure to use a 20SPF sunblock under my eyes and avoided pizza and chinese food– two high salt foods– that were big dark circle triggers for me. When my three month Triluma holiday was over, I didn’t need to use it again.
I was feeling pretty smug about by under eye managemnt when the worst allergy season in a decade hit the New York area. And along with coughing and congestion, allergies bring on under eye shadows. After a few weeks of sneezing, my shadows came back in force. ( see pix above) Allergies cause blood vessels to swell, and under the eye, swollen blood vessels increase the red/blue skin tones. And allergies are the gift that keeps in giving. In addition to shadows that look like I haven’t slept for a week, the extra fluid is causing under eye bags. If these continue, the skin will become stretched out and the bags will be permanent long after the last grain of pollen has drifted away.
Not to panic, I popped a Zertec for allergies and plucked out my trusty tube of Triluma. But when I opened the tube, the once white cream had turned a lurid yellow and it smelled like rotten eggs. According to my pharmacist, sulfur is used as a preservative and the color and ssmell indicated that the Triluma had “expired” — their word not mine. These things happen, but Triluma is $300/tube and according to my calculations, I had wasted about $270. Instead of getting a new tube of Triluma I decided to try another approach to dark circles. Clarisonic which makes an incredible facial brush also has a serum in a unique delivery device. Called the Opal Sonic Infusion System it promises to reduce puffiness and dark circles. The serum contains a host of effective antioxidants, vitamin C and caffeine–the later known to constrict blood vessels. Allergy induced dark circles are due to swollen blood vessels and caffeine should encourge these vessels to shrink back to normal. Sounds plausable.
I am going to try the device for a month and post the before and after pix. I’m asking alot of this little device to deal with under eye shadows in an allergy season, but I hope we’re both up to the challenge.