Under-eye bags, dark circles and puffiness make us look exhausted when, well, we sort of are, but just don’t want anyone else to know it.
This is why more than 70 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported an uptick in requests for eyelid procedures to look less tired in 2015, making these surgeries among the biggest trends spotted in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual statistics.
We know this area needs some serious TLC as a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Washington, DC found that the eyes age earlier and faster than the rest of the face. In fact, there may be up to a 10-year difference between the age of the skin near the eye and the rest of the face.
From pro to faux (with a little DIY thrown in), there many options to help revive your tired-looking, aging eyes (including at least one that you can likely find in your kitchen).
There are many surgical and minimally invasive ways to address aging skin – lines, wrinkles, hollows, circles – around the eyes. Lasers can improve the texture, thicken skin and diminish discoloration. Intense pulsed light therapy targets small blood vessels close to the surface of the skin that are causing dark circles.
Botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid fillers and fat injections can plump up under-eye skin, smooth fine lines and correct dark circles. Juvederm, Belotero Balance and Restylane Silk are widely considered the go to eye rejuvenators, along with BOTOX Cosmetic.
According to Nashville oculoplastic surgeon Brian Biesman, “Injectables can play a critical role in lower eyelid rejuvenation. BOTOX, Dysport, and Xeomin are used to minimize the”bunching”effect that can occur in the lower eyelids with smiling. Fillers are most often used to help restore a youthful transition from the lower eyelid to the cheek. This is typically achieved by using products such as Restylane, Restylane Silk, or Belotero in the “tear trough” region. If you’re concerned about fine wrinkling of the eyelid skin which occurs with smiling, we can inject Belotero to help reinforce the eyelid skin. This technique is somewhat unforgiving and requires a highly skilled and experienced injector to achieve the best outcome.”
Consult with a plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon or dermatologist about the best ways to correct aging, tired-looking eyes with a lasers and injections.
Don’t hold the mayo! Just apply a small amount of mayonnaise to the crow’s feet area with a cotton ball and leave it for 20 minutes, wash it with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer, says Troy, Mich.-based plastic surgeon Tony Youn, MD, in his new book The Age Fix: Insider Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Look and Feel Younger Without Surgery (in stores April 5th). This will help get rid of wrinkles around the eyes.
Cutting back on salt (including the kind found in processed foods) and applying chilled green tea bags can help de-puff the under-eye area in a pinch too.
There are boatloads of eye creams at all price points that promise to tame and tighten the under-eye area. Here are some of our top picks.
ZO Skin Health’s Olluminate® Intense Eye Repair ($130) is another winner. Powered by stabilized retinol and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this triple-threat treatment helps reduce puffiness, discoloration and dark circles around the eyes.
Glytone’s Age-Defying Eye Cream ($54) contains caffeine extract, licorice extract, red tea flavonoids and glycolic acid to tone, tighten and brighten the eye area. It’s available online and in select doctor’s offices.
Eau Thermale Avène RetrinAL EYES Eye Contour Care ($46) is newly formulated and slated to hit doctor’s offices and online stores in April 2016. It reduces the appearance of deep lines, puffiness and dark circles around the eye contour area via retinaldehyde and Hyaluronic Acid Fragments What’s more “Soft focus” powders camouflages irregularities and reduces shine.
Another option for fans of green skin care is ACURE’s eye cream ($16.99) which contains edelweiss stem cells and growth factors from chlorella to help promote new collagen formation, while Goku tackles puffiness and dark circles.
NOTE: Glytone and Avene products, and Age Fix book were provided for review. ZO Skin Health was tested at a conference. ACURE was tested in-store. All opinions are my own.