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Herworld (Singapore) - - SPECIAL -

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.

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