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Skin Focus: Under Eye Circles

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There’s a Rolling Stones’ song that goes, “You’re lookin’ tired babe.” And when I hear it I can’t help but think Mick is singing to me. Unfortunately, for many women, our under eye circles are giving us a bad rap. They not only make us appear tired, they also make us appear older. But they don’t have to. There are ways to heal and conceal this problem area.

First, let’s talk about the causes of dark under eye circles. Most of you probably know that the bluish-purple circles under eyes are actually blood vessels. The thin, somewhat transparent skin under the eyes allows for these blood vessels to be seen more easily than on other parts of our body.

Another cause of dark eye circles is that some of those blood vessels, or capillaries, are leaking blood, which leaves the skin under the eyes with a bruised-like appearance. There are advanced skin care treatments that get rid of dark circles under eyes. Most of these under eye creams contain vitamin K or horse chestnut seed extract to strengthen these capillaries and prevent leakage. My favorite eye cream for dark circles is HydroPeptide Eye. It also helps with under eye puffiness and under eye wrinkles.

Yet another cause of the appearance of discoloration under the eyes is actually an illusion. It has everything to do with shadows cast as the eye area loses its structure. Many people who think they have undereye circles are really only seeing this shadow. The trick to find out what’s going on with your eyes is quite simple. Gently pull the lower eyelid skin taut. If the darkness goes away, then it’s a shadow.

Either way, a good under eye concealer is always a must to give the skin a brighter appearance. You’ve probably heard to go a shade lighter than your skin tone, and that does help. However, selecting a shade that will counteract blue and purple is also important. A yellow or peach-colored concealer, like Sue Devitt Microquatic Bermuda Triangle Under Eye Corrector, will cover dark circles more effectively.

Need more ideas on how to camouflage your under eye circles? Then, check out these makeup tips from some of the best makeup artists in the industry.

For ideas on treating your under eye circles check out what our online esthetician recommends.

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