I was intrigued by a new freckle fighting cream called Elure. There are good clinical studies that it can lighten dark patches in 7-28 days. Elure gets its power from a type of naturally occuring enzyme derived from tree mushrooms. Called legnin peroxidase, it acts by breaking down melanin in the skin cells. Unlike hydroquinone, this enzyme is non irritating and shows no skin sensitivity.
We all know that excess pigmentation is linked to sun exposure. What is less well known is that as we get older there is an increase in dark spots and splotches due to a slowdown in the rate of cell growth. In our twenties cells turn over every 28 days. By the 50’s, the cycle is extended to 45 days. This means that darkened skin cells get even darker and stay around longer.
When I started exploring anti-aging options a few months go, I had just three go-to products. It wasn’t that I didn’t care — I just didn’t know what my skin truely needed. Too many times I would be vulnerable to great sales pitch and find that the expensive “miracle cream” either did nothing or made my face break-out. Now that I am testing out wrinkling fighting tools and techniques, I had to try out an endless buffet of skin care products. Trial and lots of error has resulted in a group of cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens that deliever on their promises. I call them my “Fabulous Fourteen” and today I have uploaded that list in the blog tab ” Beauty Tool Kit”. I explain how to use them, how they work and how much they cost. I have only one face and can’t try out everything, so I would love to hear about your go-to products.
I’ve had good results with Tri-luma. The blue /black shadows are pretty much gone, and the reddish blue areas are much much lighter. However, the latter, which are caused by leaking of the tiny under eye blood vessels, tend to reappear with things like allergies, jet lag and and, no kidding, chinese food. This week, I got an industrial strength migraine headache, and the next morning, the reddish shadows made a return appearance. Not as pronounced as before Tri-luma, but the area certainly looked more shadowy today. Do I reach for my trusty Tri-luma. Not so fast. I have been using Tri-luma off and on since March. Label instructions advise against using it longer than three consecutive months. Dr Marmur was pleased that it worked, but told me to try to take a three month break before using it again. She knows that I like to work on these shadows, but Tri-luma can’t really be used as a maintenance … Continue Reading… →
This week I had my monthly bookclub meeting which meant great conversation, a perfect brie and of course several glasses of a crisp Pinot Grigio. The next morning I was reminded what alcohol does to the skin. My under-eye circles which had nearly faded way ( thanks to Tri-luma) had now suddenly made an encore appearance. The reddish/blue shadows were a clear sign that alcohol had caused minute leaking from tiny blood vessels. under the eye. I now have to wait until the body can breakdown this hemoglobin for the color to fade. To help things along, I applied a compress of cold Lipton tea bags. The cool temperature and tannin in the black tea should shrink the swollen blood vessels– and shrunken vessels won’t leak anymore blood and fluid. Within 48 hours, the lurid color had faded a bit and I can cover it with a dab of green Dermablend cream under my regular concealer. But I know what … Continue Reading… →
Sometimes there are simple answers to complicated problems. I was bummed out that most of the improvements I had seen with Tri-luma were reversed by seasonal allergies. But yesterday I went to an allergist who gave me such a simple and effective solution– a saline nasal rinse. You simply spray a salty solution into each nostril and blow. I did it before going to sleep and by morning, the newly returned shadows were noticably lighter. I have to keep using the saline nasal spray all summer, but its wonderful to have such an easy, low-tech solution.
This just goes to my core belief that we need to get to the causes of beauty problems to really see a difference. If we don’t deal with changes in the body that are driving the problems, then attempts to fix the problem are just a frustating waste of time… and money.
I had been on Tri-luma for almost three weeks and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The under eye shadows had lightened considerably. Only the area closest to my nose still had dark blue smudges. I made plans to take some great “after” photos after I got back from a weekend in the country. And that’s where it all unraveled. Saturday morning I woke up sneezing and by Monday my eyes were swollen and red. And the under eye circles? They’re back!
When I had blogged about the causes of under eye circles in March, I explained that congestion of allergies causes pooling of fluids and hemoglobin under the eyes — and here I am the poster girl for under eye allergy shadows. I am hoping that when I get past this allergy episode, Triluma will lighten my under eye shadows again.
I have been using two eye care products for about a month and neither has made a visible difference. In the morning I applied a roller with caffeine and at night I used a cream with AHA’s. My shadows are still there and the slight bagging under the eyes actually seems a bit worse. So when a dramatic looking package at Sephora caught my attention, I was hooked. Called Hylexin, the box had a photo of a young woman with a football players black smudge under her eye. The box copy said that this product was for’serious dark circles’ (hence the name) and not for dark circles that ‘pop up in the morning and are gone by breakfast ‘ .
Directions on the box said to do a patch test on my arm. I opened the tube and was rocked back by a heavy fragrance. I hesitated a moment, took a breath and applied … Continue Reading… →
We all know that spring allergies can make us sneeze and itch– but did you know spring allergies can make you look older? Seasonal allergies produce daily inflammation that trigger dark circles under the eyes. Blood vessels swell and leak fluid that pool under the eyes. The result? Eyes become puffy and swollen. A bad allergy season can lead to permanent bags and wrinkles under the eyes.
With seasonal allergies, the best offense is a strong defense. When you see the trees and flowers blooming, start taking a daily non -sedating anti histamine like Zyrtec or Claritin. Your body needs several weeks to build up allergy- fighting levels of medication for the months of pollen heavy air that are coming.
Make you own home an allergen-free zone. To keep pollen from building up inside, close windows and turn on the A/C. If you wake up with swollen eyes and congestion, try to … Continue Reading… →