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Dark Eye Circles and Eye Bags
Despite
what most people think, stress or lack of sleep are not the primarily causes of
dark eye circles. Actually, micro capillaries that leak blood close to the
skin’s surface cause the dark circles. When this blood begins to oxidize, it
turns a bluish red color, similar to a bruise. Since the skin under the eyes is
very thin and translucent, the under eye bruises appear more prominent. 
As we age, our skin becomes thinner
and dark circles are likely to become more noticeable and permanent.
Puffiness
below the eyes is commonly referred to as eye bags. There is the transient type,
caused by crying, wrong sleeping habits, or allergic reactions.
This transient type is due to fluid
accumulation under the eye area. There
is also the permanent type that is related to heredity and age. Such permanent puffiness
is caused by increase in size of fat pad below the eyelids.
Preparation H
has been touted to reduce eye puffiness.  However, there is no clinical evidence to show
that the product designed to shrink hemorrhoid can do the same for eye bags.
Besides, Preparation H has been reformulated, and “live yeast cell,” one of the
ingredients that is supposed to reduce puffiness is no longer part of the
formula.
HYALIFT helps address the twin problems of
dark eye circles and transient under-eye puffiness.
SkinStation introduced late last year the HYALIFT Eye
Repair Duo
to address the twin problems of dark circles and eye bags. It has an
icy metal roller ball tip that cools and massages the eye area to reduce
transient puffiness. Its one-of-a-kind formula is a blend of tourmaline and
caffeine extract that increases microcirculation to decongest dark circles,
plus Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, antioxidants, peptide and other anti-aging components
to boost collagen production and help erase fine lines and wrinkles. The
ingredients are nano-encapsulated for faster and consistent results.
For removal of moderate to
severe puffiness (eye bags) due to aging, the usual procedure is plastic surgery
called blepharoplasty. With blepharoplasty, hoods and bags can be removed but
the eyelid skin may remain wrinkled and old looking.
Our doctors at SkinStation
have successfully used PIXEL (Erbium:YAG fractional laser) in smoothing and
tightening  the lower eyelid skin
. PIXEL creates controlled wounding of
the skin, to grow new collagen.
Although the skin
in this area is thin, the laser is precise in its depth of treatment. The skin
of the lower lid actually tends to heal faster than skin in other areas of the
body. To get good result, more than one treatment is needed.
With PIXEL, a truly fresh
and rejuvenated eyelid appearance is now possible, including softening of crow’s
feet.
There are other new, non-surgical rejuvenation procedures
that
work well for fine lines and wrinkles of the eyelids. Botox
and Dysport give instant effect. Dysport injection techniques have undergone
recent changes to avoid the frozen look. Radiofrequency (RF) and IPL photo
rejuvenation procedures can tighten the skin.
Consult your doctor whether
you are a candidate for any of the above procedures, or if eye creams and
lifestyle changes are sufficient to address your concerns. It would feel good
to finally say goodbye to your concealer and make-up to camouflage dark circles
and eye bags.
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This was published in the August 28, 2012 issue of Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section. The author , Fred C. Reyes, is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulations Commission for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. He can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph.

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