Tuesday, February 2, 2016

6 Things Under Your Eyes Dark Circles are Telling You.

Written by Evlin Symon

For years, many have suffered from tired and fatigued looking eyes, mostly due to the darkness located directly beneath the eye and extending to the bridge of the nose.  Often these exist even when a person feels that they are well rested and have obtained an adequate amount of sleep.  What happened during the night that caused you to wake up to a tired looking you? 

The 6 top causes and helpful suggestions
These dark circles that develop under the eyes are caused by a number of things; some controllable while others are not.  Read on while we explore what 6 of the things these nagging dark circles say about you? 

1. Those dark circles can represent a lack of restful sleep.  
While you may be sleeping, you may not be receiving the restful sleep one fully needs, especially if you waken during the night several times. Consulting your health provider regarding your sleep patterns might be advantageous.  Otherwise, it could be something as simple as using the wrong pillow.  For example, using a slightly larger pillow will raise your head high enough to discourage the blood from pooling in the eyes during the night.  Additionally, using cold compresses under the eyes for a few minutes immediately after arising will help to constrict the blood vessels, again discouraging the formation of the black circles.

2. Allergies can also be of serious consideration to the presence of dark circles.  
If you suffer from contact allergies, make sure that your sleep area is free of all allergens and use allergen covers if necessary.  And, don't rub your eyes! Consider using down-alternatives if you enjoy that fluffy down comforter on your bed.  Environmental allergies can also play a significant part in the problem. Use caution with all fragrances and chemicals throughout your home. If you know you have a problem with something, remove it.  The use of over-the-counter antihistamines may also help with your symptoms.

3. If you suffer from any form of dermatitis, this could also be the problem.  
While this is similar to an allergy, dermatitis could exist due to a rubbing or touching of the area.  The most common dermatitis would be atopic or eczema.  Often this condition will cause a constant rubbing making the skin darker and thicker in appearance.  Consulting your dermatologist or another health advisor for advice would be advised. 

4. Let's not forget about genetics; it seems that according to some studies genetics accounts for the majority of dark circles.
Genetics create all sorts of things both good and bad, and unfortunately, dark circles under the eyes can be for the same reasons that others in your family have them too.  There's not much you can do for these types of dark under the eye circles other than use eye creams and cover-ups.

5. And of course, we all get older, so aging can also present a factor.  
This is due in part to the fact that as we age, our skin becomes thinner allowing the darker blood vessels near the eye to become more noticeable.  Add in the loss of collagen and fatty tissue and dark circles become a clear sign of aging.  Using creams and other treatments that help to increase the production of collagen may help alleviate some of the problems.  One that includes retinol and Vitamin C should help to lighten the dark areas beneath the eyes.

6. Lastly, a poor or unhealthy lifestyle can cause this dilemma.  
Do you eat right?  Are you eating healthy and frequent meals?  Do you smoke or over-indulge in drink?  Are you one of those who stays up all night watching television or using your computer?  All of these things weaken your immune system, and since your eyes are the windows of you soul, they tell a big story about you.  Overindulging is extremely prominent in society today.  The extreme use of drugs and alcohol drain the body of needed nutrients causing your body to become stressed.  Use of these substances can also cause dehydration, which will intensify these dark circles as well.  Changing to a nutritious diet and improving your overall lifestyle will not only help your dark circles, but probably your overall health and outlook on life.

In summary, dark circles under the eyes may be your body telling you of several conditions or situations:
  • Lack of rest
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Genetics
  • Aging 
  • Lifestyle
We all should learn to listen to our bodies, it's telling on you.  If we learn to listen and act on what we learn, perhaps we can improve our overall health prior to something going drastically wrong. It would be recommended that should you experience dark circles underneath your eyes that are persistent, perhaps a consultation with your health provider should be considered.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Reduce Your Under Eye Puffiness with Makeup

Written by Evlin Symon

No one wants puffy under eyes. But many people are prone to having them. Unfortunately, you can’t will them away. We aren’t talking about the puffy eyes that you get after crying for long hours. We are talking about the puffy eyes that you wake up with when you’ve got a million things to do like get to work on time, make a presentation, meet a new client, or go on a first date. None of these things are fun to do with puffy eyes. Instead of focusing on the tasks at hand you look tired and are worried about people focusing on your annoying under eye puffiness. So what do you do? Most people just go with the flow and suffer through their puffy eyes. Others will make themselves late by trying to force the swelling of the eyes down with cold compresses, cubes of ice, or slices of cucumber. We are giving you the inside tips that will help you rid your eyes of puffiness thanks to the magic of makeup. But before we get into that let’s start with understanding what under eye puffiness is and why it happens.

What are puffy under eyes and why do they occur?
Puffy under eyes are the swelling of the under eye area. To the eye, it seems as if the skin that resides just below the eye is lifted and expanded outward. They happen when there is an excess amount of fluid inside of the connective tissue that lies beneath the eyes, this buildup of fluid is known as edema. Most poeple who experience puffy under eyes on a regular basis do because they are just genetically prone to puffy under eyes, or have been crying. However there are other causes. Some other causes of puffy under eyes are allergies that cause inflammation and swelling, lack of proper sleep, lack of water, sinus issues, or an excess intake of salt causing the body to retain water.

Some of the causes of puffiness under eyes is within our control. For example, you can control how much salt you ingest during the day, how much water you drink, or how much sleep you get at night. However, many of the causes are out of your control. You can’t always control allergies especially when they are seasonal and if you are just naturally more prone to under eye puffiness you just have to learn to manage them. So what do you do on days that your under eyes are puffy?

How to fix puffy under eyes with makeup?
There are several ways that you can use beauty and skin care products in order to rid your eyes of puffiness.

1. Use a moisturizing base
The first step is to use an under eye moisturizer that has properties in it that reduce swelling underneath the eyes. You want to make sure that this area of skin is hydrated as well as soothed before you apply any other type of makeup. The last thing that you want to do is irritate the area more and cause more inflammation. Use a cream or gel that is formulated to reduce the amount of fluid in this area and one that is sensitive enough to use on this area. Always keep in mind that the skin around your eyes is some of the most sensitive skin on your body. You should look for products that have ingredients like caffeine, mushroom extract, or aloe vera.

You shouldn’t just reach for your cream or gel when your eyes are puffy in the morning or when you have a special event. If you are prone to puffy eyes, the best scenario is that you use this product every single day, twice a day. When you wake up and before you go to bed. This will help prevent the bags from returning.

2. Use concealer
After you use your gel or cream, you should follow with concealer to expertly hide your puffiness. All you need to do this is a cream concealer, using cream gives you a more blendable product with a more natural finish, you also need a small blending brush. The concealer should be one or two shades lighter than the actual tone of your skin. It isn’t a difficult concept but it may take you a few tries to get this makeup trick right for skin care.

When you have puffy under eyes, the puffiness will create a shadow that brings attention to wear the puffy skin meets your leveled skin. That shadow is what we’re going to focus on. Apply some of your concealer to the back of your hand. Dip the brush in a little bit of the product. Place the concealer on the shadow and blend it into the skin making sure that you don’t highlight the bag itself. Just the shadow that it creates that separates it from the rest of your skin. With the shadow gone your bag will be barely noticeable and the first step will help the swelling go down as the day goes on.

Under eye puffiness doesn’t have to be a pain anymore! Just use our simple two step system to rid your eyes of them!




Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sunscreen and Acne: Are They Related?

Written by Evlin Symon

Using new skin care products can be a scary experience. You don’t know how your skin will react to the product. It could be fine, but it may result in a breakout, which is one of the worst case scenarios. Sunscreen is one of those products that so many people find break them out. Although protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays is very important but many people find themselves shying away from wearing sunscreen on an everyday basis because they are afraid that sunscreens will cause even more problems for their skin. So why is it that so many people find themselves breaking out after using sunscreen? Is there a definitive link between sunscreen and acne or is it just a popular myth? Keep reading to find out the answer to these questions!

How does sunscreen cause acne?
There are many people who find that wearing sunscreen causes them to breakout. While it is possible for this to happen, every sunscreen won’t necessarily cause you to break out. Many sunscreens contain irritating ingredients that can block the pores and cause breakouts. Traditional sunscreens we designed with protecting the skin in mind, not being gentle on the skin. You may have applied a sunscreen to your face and it felt thick, oily, and uncomfortable in the face. While the product may not irritate the skin on your arms or legs, the skin on your face is far more sensitive and prone to breakouts. While it may be safe to use the product on those parts of your body, you should be more careful with the sunscreen that you use on your face for skin care.

Sunscreens that cause breakouts do so for one of two different reasons. The first cause of your sunscreen breaking your skin out could be that it contains comedogenic ingredients. Comedogenic ingredients are additions to a product that block the pores by burrowing into them. The products that contain comedogenic ingredients are usually also very thick and greasy on the skin. You may also find that sunscreen that contain ingredients that don’t clog the pores, but they do irritate the skin because they are harsh chemical properties.

It may not just be the product. Your breakout could also be caused by the combination of the product and the conditions that your skin is under while you are wearing the product. Many people put sunscreen on for a day that they are spending hours in the sun and the heat. Your skin could also be caused by the amount of swear that is being released from your skin due to the hot weather.

What sunscreens are safe for sensitive skin?
Avoiding sunscreen altogether is not the solution. If you don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis, you will cause major long term problems for your skin. You can cause excess wrinkles, you may cause the skin to take on a leathery texture, and there are repercussions for those who have acne which you can find in the next section of this article. But how do you find a sunscreen that is not going to leave you with an acne flare up? You need to look for a product that is labeled non-comedogenic. Although many sunscreens can break the skin out, there are many out there that won’t. You just have to make sure that you are using a product that was made for use on the face and made without any clogging ingredients and is dermatologist tested.

Why do people with need acne sunscreen?
When you have acne you may have to work a little harder to find a safe sunscreen but it is worth it. When you have acne you will often have acne scars that form on the skin when active breakouts heal. The scar may arise when the pimple pops and the surface of the skin breaks. Or your skin may produce too much pigment to make up for the damaged skin, causing hyperpigmentation. When you have these scars on your skin the last thing that you should do is leave the skin exposed to the sun. When the scars are vulnerable to the strong rays of the sun they may darken on the skin. Leaving you with dark marks that are much more prevalent and much harder to get rid of than before.

In Conclusion
When it comes to sunscreens you need to be vigilant with your use of them but also very careful. Be sure that you are using one every single day to avoid the darkening of acne scars and premature aging. However, make sure that you are using a product tested by dermatologists and free of clogging ingredients! As long as you are aware of what ingredients are in your products your skin will be protected from sun damage as well as breakouts from harsh sunscreens!




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