We’ve all experienced it before, those long nights when you just can’t get to sleep, no matter what you try. And the next morning when you can’t really focus and feel completely sapped of energy. While those physical issues are definitely an annoyance to deal with, some of the most prominent after effects of those long sleepless nights are purely cosmetic. Lack of sleep is known to cause breakouts, dry skin, and most commonly, those dreaded dark under-eye bags. According to Dr. Ritu Saini, the top derm East Village patients trust for their skincare needs, deep, dark under-eye circles can be caused by much more than just fatigue. Some individuals are genetically predisposed to suffer from them, and no matte how much sleep they get, they will be present. Other common causes for under-eye circles include thinning skin, dilated blood vessels, allergies, skin irritants, hyperpigmentation and other discolorations. And with so many different possible causes, its difficult to pinpoint why exactly these issues might have come about, and while many turns to makeup to conceal the problem, this is only placing a band-aid on a much larger issue that can be treated using some interesting alternative methods. To help you better understand how to treat your under-eye circles, here are some important things to do.
One of the most common reasons behind dark under-eye circles is the enlarged, dilated veins around the eyes. Supplements like vitamin K have been a popular solution to treat puffiness beneath the eyes and improve blood circulation – which helps to alleviate the puffiness beneath the eyes. Another one of the common issues that leads to this puffiness, is the loss of collagen over time, as a direct result of aging. In her time as a top derm East Village physician Dr. Ritu Saini specializes in a number od procedures to stimulate the production of collagen. In the case of under-eye circles, using a topical vitamin K ointment with added retinols, can help to stimulate collagen and encourage new, fresh cellular growth – giving the eyes a fresher, brighter appearance. In addition, you may want to try eating a diet rich in vitamin K with broccoli, cabbage, and seaweed. At her clinic, NY Medical Skin Solutions, Dr. Ritu Saini offers a number of other treatment procedures that can help us alleviate these under-eye circles include:
· Laser Therapy
The use of laser therapy has been commonplace at NY Medical Skin Solutions, for a number of issues both cosmetic and clinical. As the top derm East Village patients look to for laser therapy procedures, Dr. Saini is able to not only help patients decrease the visibility of their blood vessels, but completely resurface the area beneath the eyes. The laser’s highly precise beam targets the blood vessels, penetrating the skin’s surface to either eliminate them completely, while breaking up any blockages that cause them to bulge or appear enlarged. In addition, the laser also stimulates the production of lost collagen, helping to plump up the area and provide added depth and softness to the under-eye area. Depending on which laser she chooses to use, Dr. Saini can also alleviate dark discolorations or hyperpigmentation spots.
· Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a highly effective skincare treatment that few are aware of. When used as both a topical cream or an injectable, vitamin c works as an antioxidant – ridding the skin and surrounding tissue of toxins and free radicals. Ascorbic acid in vitamin c also acts as a brightening agent, breaking up sun and age spots, preventing sun damage, and even encouraging the production of collagen and elastin – working to plump, as well as tighten the loose skin in the area. This is not only an effective treatment for under-eye bags, but it also proved effective in the prevention of future blemishes.
· Vitamin B
Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, boosts the production of fatty acids, which prevents the skin from losing water and retains elasticity. This property helps protect skin that gets easily irritated by sun and pollutants. In addition, topical application can also brighten age spots, alleviate scarring, remove discolorations and can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes by tightening the skin.
With a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and minerals, in conjunction with modern aesthetic medicine application, patients can expect to rid themselves of those unwanted under-eye bags within a matter of weeks – naturally, and without the use of highly invasive procedures. For more information on all cosmetic issues or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Ritu Saini today.