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What are Eye Bags + Circles?
As you age it's very normal to experience mild swelling or puffiness (bags) under your eyes. With aging, the tissue structures that support your eyelids weaken which leads to the skin starting to sag and the fat that normally surrounds your eye can drop into the lower eyelids. This space beneath your eyes can also accumulate fluid which gives rise to that puffy look.
Dark circles under your eyes can be caused by a number of reasons however they are usually due to ‘hyperpigmentation’. This is where the skin produces more of the natural pigment melanin than is needed. Causing your skin to darken and brown patches to form.
What causes bags under your eyes?
The effects of aging that lead to puffy under eye bags are all due to the decline in production of collagen and elastin, two extremely important proteins for our skin. Collagen is one of the major building blocks of our skin. Maintaining the structural matrix and basically holding everything together. In fact the word collagen comes from the Greek “kólla,” which means glue. Elastin, rather obviously, gives our skin its elasticity which allows it to bounce back when stretched.
The production of these two proteins can also be diminished or worsened by several factors including:
- Excessive sun exposure
- Poor nutrition
- Lack of sleep or sleeping position
- Alcohol consumption
- Environmental pollutants, including cigarette smoke
- Genetics - Yes, if you're under 30 and have under eye bags they probably run in the family.
What are the main causes of dark circles?
The main cause of dark circles and spots on your skin is excessive sun exposure where the skin produces excessive melanin to protect against harmful UV and this starts to show through the thin skin under the eyes.
Several other factors influence dark circles and melanin overproduction including:
- The use of harsh ingredients (including fragrances) in your facial skincare products
- Excessive rubbing of the skin around your eyes which damages this delicate area.
- Blood flow showing through thin, sensitive skin around the eye.
- A buildup of dry, dehydrated skin around the eyes
- Shadowing from naturally deep-set eyes or age related skin sagging
Additionally, hormone imbalances as a result of pregnancy, menopause or when using birth control etc.. can trigger an overproduction of melanin, known as melasma. Melasma often fades on its own after pregnancy or when a woman stops using contraceptive pills.
How do you reduce bags & dark circles under your eyes?
The best treatment for under eye bags and dark circles is often a mix of lifestyle changes and an effective skincare routine. There are many topical treatments and products on the market targeted at the delicate skin around your eyes.
At BOOST LAB we have focussed on serums for their ability to deliver high concentrations of targeted active ingredients to the skin and their ease of use. They are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other anti-aging ingredients that help protect your skin against damaging environmental factors like UV and pollution all the while diminishing the visible signs of aging leaving you with healthier, younger looking skin.
Our collection of Eye Bags + Circles Serums is made up of the Eye Reset Serum, Night Renewal Serum and Hydro Boost Serum. Using these together daily will go a long way to helping you fight the signs of aging and fatigue that can lead to dark circles and puffy bags around your eyes.
BOOST LAB’s Eye Reset is our best eye serum for dark circles and under eye bags. With its bio-active blend of natural extracts, peptides and essential minerals it visibly reduces puffy under eye bags and dark circles by strengthening the eyes microcapillaries (reducing blood leakage), supporting microcirculation (increasing lymphatic fluid drainage) and soothing inflamed eyes. Additionally the essential minerals and amino acids present help to protect skin against oxidative stress and immediately revitalises skin by boosting energy in cells that leads to increased skin oxygenation and natural collagen production.
Our supercharged Night Renewal serum does all the hard work for you while you sleep! With a dermatologically tested mix of Retinol & Granactive Retinoid, it is one of the best serums designed to reduce the effects of UV damage on skin. Using it regularly overnight will help improve firmness and elasticity of the skin, promote the natural production of collagen, elastin & hyaluronic, assist with the skin’s renewal exfoliation process and improve skin tone.
To round off this awesome collection of some of the best dark circles and under eye bag treatment serums is our highly popular Hydro Boost hydrating serum. Unlike a lot of other products on the market that contain limited, and hence not helpful, levels of hyaluronic acid. Our Hydro Boost Serum utilises a clinically supported moisturising system made of up 3 actives, at 3.6% concentration, of Hydrolysed Hyaluronic Acid (20-50kDa) at a low molecular weight allowing it to penetrate deeply and replenish the skins supportive matrix. While Hyaluronic Acid with Chondrus Crispus (algae extract) acts as an external humectant to the skin and Provitamin B5 (Panthenol) promotes skin barrier moisturisation and protection from irritation. All of these ingredients combined to make the best hydrating serum for your skin.
BOOST LAB serums are completely fragrance free which makes them much gentler on your skin, improving the appearance of any puffiness and dark circles around your eyes. As part of your skincare routine make sure to remove any makeup around your eyes at the end of the day.
From a lifestyle standpoint, lowering your salt intake, increasing your magnesium intake and eating more antioxidant-rich foods can have a huge influence on your skin’s ability to reduce fluid retention. Looking after your diet and regularly using a hydrating serum is the best way to keep you skin healthy.
Staying well hydrated throughout the day, wearing sunscreen whenever there are harmful levels of UV and eliminating harmful habits like excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can make a huge difference in giving your skin an even tone, healthy appearance and less puffiness.
If your under eye bags are caused or exacerbated by allergies, consult your doctor about the best antihistamines or eye drops. Make sure no matter how bad they itch, resist the urge to rub your eyes. If no medications are to hand you can apply a cool compress for temporary relief.
Can you put serum under your eyes?
BOOST LAB serums are formulated with sensitive skin in mind with no harsh acids or fragrances added. In fact, several of our serums including the Eye Reset, Night Renewal, Hydro Boost & Brightening will benefit the skin around your eyes with regular daily application reducing puffiness, bags, dark circles and other signs of aging. Just be careful to avoid getting any serum into the eye itself. If you do mistakenly get some in your eyes, gently rinse out with water and avoid rubbing them. If irritation doens't subside or you have an adverse effects go see your GP.
Is vitamin C serum good for eye bags and dark circles?
As under eye bags are, in part, caused by a deterioration of collagen in the skin. Boosting collagen production will go a long way towards ensuring the skin around your eyes stays even and firm. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen. Our Brightening Serum is the best eye serum for dark circles as it contains a stable form of Vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) which penetrates deeply and is converted in the skin to give all the anti-aging skin benefits that comes from ‘active’ Vitamin C. Namely, boost collagen production, gives a powerful antioxidant effect that reduces free radicals from UV/pollution and interferes with the production of melanin which is great for dark circles under eyes treatment and gives a more even skin tone.
What is better eye cream or eye serum?
Serums are often able to hydrate more effectively than even the heaviest eye creams as they penetrate the skin and hydrate the deeper layers of the epidermis whereas heavier creams tend to sit and act on the surface. To help lock in that deep moisturising effect, it is best to apply a hydrating serum and an eye serum for dark circles before any other moisturisers you use in your skincare routine.
What age should you use eye serum?
At any age our skin is affected by damaging environmental factors like harsh UV and pollution. So it stands to reason, when it comes to looking after your skin and repairing any damage, you can’t start soon enough. The building blocks of our skin are replenished daily our whole lives and if this fragile process is negatively impacted it is important to provide our skin with these essential ingredients through skincare products like serums!
In particular, delicate skin such as around the eyes is very susceptible to environmental assault. Our under eye serums provide the best mix of essential ingredients to fight the visible signs of aging including under eye bags, puffiness and dark circles. Helping your skin look and feel health at every age.
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