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 … Continue Reading… →
Eliminating or at least reducing dark circles depends on what is causing them in the first place. For shadows caused by melanin ( from sun exposure) ingredients is focused on techniques that ” bleach” out the darkened skin tone. There are shelves of products which contain ingredients such as hydroquione, kojic acid, azaleic acid and niacinamide. Other products contain caffeine which are known to shrink blood vessels. The theory here is that swollen capillaries in the eye area make make the skin look puffy and leak minute amounts of blood into the skin. Sounds reasonable, but we’ll have to see. Another category of ingredients such as Haloxyl claim that they can break down the hemoglobin ( from the leaked blood) that are causing the shadows. I am trying to get my hands on the clinical trials that support these claims, but I know Haloxyl are used in a number of expensive brands.
I think the most prominent signs of aging on my face are the dark shadows under my eyes. Most women over age 40 share my problem, but not all shadows come from the same source. In fact there are three major causes:
1. Excess Pigmentation– the darkened areas are actually deposits of melanin, produced from too much sun exposure. The melanin can accumulate both above and below the eyes and is often an inheritied trait. That is to say, some people tend to make more melanin in that area. This is a major cause of my dark circles. According to Dr Ellen Marmur, my dermatologist, the dark pigmentation under my eyes are actually groups of 10-12 tiny freckles. My take-away from that is that I really need a turbo powered sunscreen for my eyes. Its the #1 item on my beauty shopping list.