I’ve been using the Clarisonic Opal for a week and at first I was all thumbs. I had to read the instructions several times before I felt comfortable to try it. It is not like any other device that I had used and I’m especially anxious about using anything around my eyes.
The oval device has a little nubbin that you fill with serum. This pale amber gel had a number of interesting ingredients which had some good science behind them. These included world class antioxidants including green tea and resveratrol and marine peptides, vitamin C to brighten the skin and glycosaminoglycans ( what a mouthful) for firmness.
The Clarisonic instructions were very specific to follow the rim of the eye socket and not to use the device on the soft tissue right below the eye. As per directions I … Continue Reading… →
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.
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.
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… →
I have been using Tri-luma about 3X a week since the middle of May. As you can see from the photos, there is a real difference in the before and after photos. Before Tri- luma I had two types of shadows– greyish blue shadows and reddish areas.
After about a month I was really happy to see the greyish blue circles had faded away and the reddish tones were much lighter and easily hidden by a dab of concealer. Then just as I was about to proudly take some “after” photos, a bad allergy season hit and the dark circles made an encore appearance. The allergy congestion caused the tiny blood vessels under the eyes to leak, producing more reddish- blue shadows. After a trunkful of allergy sprays, pills, and rinses, the allergies cleared up along with the dark undereye circles.I was … 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.