Meet Dr. Dina Strachan, Dermatologist and resident CVS Beauty Board member.
Oh the dark circles could tell tales. What’s my biggest skin pet peeve? Dark under eye circles! If I could lighten them up, my whole face would be brighter, I would walk lighter and possibly smile more.
I really like it when friends comment on how tired I look. Really? I know I’m tired, you know I’m tired, but I don’t want to look tired!
This was on my top list of things to ask Dr. Strachan when I interviewed her about products I can use from CVS to help lighten the circles.
Dr. Strachan’s advice for dark circles:
Dark circles can happen for a number of reasons – genetics, allergies, sun exposure or skin thinning. The correct treatment will depend on the cause. It would be best to have a dermatologist examine you to determine what the cause may be. If the skin is dark due to genetics, you could try an eye cream and make sure to always wear sunscreen and sunglasses.
I know my dark circles are genetic! I’ve had them since I was a teenager and got more sleep than should be humanly allowed. As I’ve gotten older and had next to no sleep, mothering and working, I know it’s all worsened the problem.
If you want to try an affordable cream to help lighten the circles, Dr. Strachan recommends: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream.
I’ve been trying out an *almost* free alternative! My secret weapon these days:
Apparently placing tea bags on your eyes will help to diminish the appearance of dark circles! Next time you have a cup of tea, keep the tea bag!
Place it on your eyes for 15-20 minutes 1-2 times a day for 2 weeks. The caffeine in the tea bag constricts the blood flow which helps to lessen the darkness. Try it! You have nothing to lose, except some wet eyes.