QI’ve had dark circles since I can remember. Even if I sleep well, there is no improvement. I also have oily skin, so concealers never stay put and only make my makeup look messy. How do I get rid of the dark circles? – Celine Tan
AYour dark circles may be hereditary, or caused by a tear trough deformity (sunken eyes will cast a dark shadow over the lower eyelids), or by hyperpigmentation. The doctor needs to determine the cause before recommending a treatment. For example, Perfect Eye Treatment ($258) uses a laser to lighten pigmentation while boosting blood circulation to correct the appearance of under-eye dark circles.
Meantime, choose a powder or matte-finish concealer, and apply a primer first. You can also better conceal dark circles by choosing the right colour corrector – purple for bluish dark circles, and green for reddish ones. Dr Karen Soh, medical director of Prive Aesthetics, explains the different ways to combat dark circles and under-eye puffiness.
QWhen I get up in the middle of the night to drink water, I wake up with puffy eyes the next morning. What can I do to reduce the puffiness? – Cherlynn Koh
AInsufficient sleep, dehydration, alcohol intake, a diet high in salt, hormonal changes, allergies, and underlying medical issues like hypothyroidism can all cause puffiness.
Lifestyle changes and good-quality sleep can help reduce puffiness. Also try massaging your eye area to improve blood circulation – but don’t rub too hard, as blood vessels around the eyes break easily. Or apply cold teabags or cucumber slices to temporarily de-puff.
Eye products with caffeine constrict blood vessels to reduce puffiness. Vitamin K also helps strengthen blood vessels, while vitamin C and antioxidants fight off damaging free radicals.
Alternatively, Treatment Elite Eyes ($118), a nonsurgical procedure, uses radio-frequency (RF) energy to help smooth and firm skin in the eye area.