By Catharina Pehrson, Owner and Aesthetician of Skincare Butik
One of the most common skin concerns we hear from our clients has to do with the delicate area around the eyes. Both men and women, young and old experience this all-to common skin condition at times.
Dark circles and puffiness under eyes is a skin condition that can be temporary, thank goodness. Sometimes it seems more permanent though, and it is worsened by time. The eye area is also one of the first places to develop signs of aging in the form of wrinkles.
What to do? The saying “prevention is better than cure” is very true when it comes to skincare and our overall health. Once the connection of inner health/ outer beauty is identified, small adjustments to your skincare and lifestyle approach can improve this common skin condition, sometimes also called racoon eyes.
Lifestyle plays a big role, and there are many more causes of dark circles and puffiness than just lack of sleep. Contrary to what you may think, excess caffeine can actually make it worse. Dark circles and puffiness can also be caused by kidney strain, anxiety, or heavy stress.
From a holistic view; once you can recognize that the root cause of your skin conditions originated inside the body (puffy eyes, hormonal breakouts, acne, rosacea, and hyper-pigmentation), you can then begin to address the source of the problem for healing, not just subduing the symptoms.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) each part of the face represents a connection with the internal organs. During each skin consultation and before every facial we do a Face Mapping, analyzing the areas of concern and identifying the source of the skin condition.
The upper eyelids are related to the adrenals -Zone 2:
Eczema in this area is caused by adrenal stress. It can occur from excess caffeine and other stimulants, anxiety or heavy stress. It results in peeling and irritation of the skin.
The area under the eyes have a connection to the kidneys-Zone 3:
Kidney Damage in form of dark circles, redness or puffiness can occur from the use of NSAIDS like aspirin or ibuprofen, etc. It can also occur from caffeine, other medications, and lack of sleep.
To gain long-term results and notice change with your dark circles and puffy eyes it is important to target the internal source with internal products as well. Osmosis Inner Harmony will help to harmonize toxins in the organs, such as the kidneys, as well as brings balance to your overall internal functionality.
Drinking plenty of alkaline water will flush and maintain the pH of our bodies neutral; between a healthy range of 6.8 to 7.8 (ideally 7.4). This neutral pH, not acidic-not too alkaline, prevents our immune system from malfunctioning or getting weaker and helps to develop and keep it strong and healthy. It also contributes to a more youthful look, the dark circles to fade and the puff to deflate.
Avoid these Foods
You are what you eat. Control intake of these inflammatory enhancing foods as much as possible:
Sugar is one of the most inflammatory foods you can eat, it takes a toll on the adrenal glands causing glycation, dark circles under eyes and swelling in the body.
Salt causes water retention to counteract high sodium levels and therefore make the whole body puffy and swollen.
Wheat and Dairy are inflammatory foods and if you are gluten or lactose intolerant or allergic, it can cause swelling and make you bloated and puffy.
Nightshade fruits like tomatoes, hot-peppers and egg-plants can cause puffiness and inflammation as well.
Get Beauty Sleep
Getting eight hours a night gives adequate sleep and helps preserve a youthful appearance. During sleep the body has time to heal and replenish itself and gives the skin a chance to recuperate, without having to worry about the daily protective functions and activity it faces.
Stay tuned next month for Part 2 of “Do you suffer from Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes for more skin solutions!
Stop by Skincare Butik for a complimentary skin consultation with one of our experienced, licensed estheticians, receive a demo of IRIS eye massager + a free eye cream sample.