Looking at my facial imaging photos ( posted on Oct 8), I saw that that there were two dark patches under my eyes– also known as under eye shadows. It showed that this was not from indentation creating dark hollows, but true accumulations of sun damage and melanin. That’s the bad news. The good news? This is the job that Tri-luma was born to handle.
I had used Tri-luma last spring and was pleased with the results, but this triple powered crem cannot be used indefinately, so I had stopped using it for several months. I also realized that dealing with hyperpigmentation under the eyes is not a short term problem. The cells which produced so much melanin have a very long memory. They are born to make melanin and given the right circulstances — sun exposure and stress– the cells again fill up with dark pigment.
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.
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… →
It happens to all of us. When we don’t get enough sleep, catch a cold, work 24/7 or deal with personal problems, the face in the mirror includes dark under eye circles. It turns out that the body reads all these problems as “stress” and reacts by producing large amounts of a hormone called costisol. This creates a cascade of changes in the body that includes higher blood pressure, a slowdown in cell growth and an increase in heart rate. Under the eyes, dark circles become more pronounced. This is because cortisol increases leaking from tiny blood vessels and slows removal of body fluids. The result? Fluids and hemoglobin build up in the eye area creating dark shadows,
Its really easy to tell people to relax and take it easy. But while we are waiting for the world to become an easier place to live, we all need a few quick tools … Continue Reading… →
To move forward with my anti-aging make-over I need to partner with a dermatologist. When I asked Dr Laser about different options, his answer for everything was a TCA peel. This is an expensive and extensive treatment that leaves you bright red and swollen for weeks. It usually reserved for heavily lined skin with widespread sun damage. Since I hate pain and have just seven, count ’em seven sunspots, I felt that TCA was overkill.
I found a great new partner in a young dermatologist with impressive academic credentials and who is pretty enough to model. She looks like she is in her late twenties and actually just turned age 40. This is a dermatologist who clearly walks the walk. My original game plan was to (1) use Retin A to refine the surface,(2) laser my freckles and then(3) plump up smile lines with a filler like Juvederm. My new doctor liked the steps but … Continue Reading… →