Under-Eye Circles: The Hard Truth
More sleep, better hydration, and vitamins are not enough. Here are the real ways to fade the rings under your eyes.
Why They Happen: Blame excess pigment, which can be caused by sun damage, rubbing your eyes too frequently, or genetics.
What You Can Do: Bring in the big guns. One or two treatments with, specifically, a Fraxel Dual 1927 laser can help fade hyperpigmentation, says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai in New York City. It takes 20 minutes and costs about $800, and results last years if you wear sunscreen religiously. Creams to correct discoloration may also help, but they can be harsh around eyes. A safe, reliable bet: NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy ($84).
Red or Bluish Circles
Why They Happen: The color comes from blood vessels that have temporarily become more prominent beneath the skin, often due to allergies or too little sleep. This can become a permanent problem as skin gets thinner with age.
What You Can Do: Be religious about getting sleep, or if allergies are the problem, take antihistamines. If neither approach helps, combating this type of discoloration can be tough, warns Waldorf. The best bet is to go for two or three VBeam laser treatments (about $350 each) to safely eliminate problematic blood vessels. Eye creams with caffeine, which constrict vessels, offer a subtle improvement for some, she adds.