Dark Circles or Puffy Eyes? Pick up Some Preparation H & Save up for Surgery
Tired of waking up to raccoon eyes? Harvard-trained dermatologist Dr. Carolyn Jacob offers up these solutions
Dark Circles: A delightful side effect of aging is losing (youthful) fat in the "tear trough" area under the eye, for which Dr. Jacobs suggests booking an appointment for filler, such as Restylane. If you have an excess of natural pigmentation, bleaching agents and lightners like vitamin C can help, as well as illuminating eye serum or concealer (My Dark Circles Blog has rated the best ones). However, if the cause is purple and red blood vessels showing through the thinning area, depending and their size and how close they are to your eye, they can be lasered off.
Puffy Eyes: When excess fluid builds up under your eyes - voila, the dreaded puffiness (a particular problem at high altitudes). Try cutting down on salt (a huge ingredient in processed food and canned soup), sleeping with your head elevated, using a cold compress or chilled cucumber slices, tea bags, or, that old beauty queen trick: a few dabs of a vasoconstrictor like Preparation H. (Available for under $10 at Amazon.com)
- Lesley Scott
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