QMy eyes are quite big, but I’ve had deep dark circles and fine lines for years. Eye-care products don’t seem to work. Will alternatives like massaging the area or using fillers or botulinum toxin work better? – Huang Peisi
AA change in lifestyle is the most natural way to reduce dark circles. Getting better-quality sleep, decreasing your intake of alcohol, salt and MSG, and stopping the habit of rubbing your eyes can significantly help. Try massaging the area around the eyes in a rolling circular motion, from nose bridge to temples. This improves lymphatic drainage and eases puffiness at the same time.
But it’s also crucial to consult a doctor to make sure that it is not an underlying medical condition, like anaemia or liver disease, that’s causing the dark circles. If they are caused by sunken eyes or under-eye volume loss, fillers can help by plumping up the area. To reduce the appearance of fine lines, injecting botulinum toxin around the eyelid muscle can help, and so can skintightening treatments like Thermage, or Elite Eyes ($118), a non-surgical procedure that uses RF energy.
You could also try Eye Intense ($158), a treatment which uses a gentle vacuum to increase blood circulation, and includes a gentle eye massage to infuse the skin with skincare ampoules. The treatment ends with an antioxidant eye mask to nourish and recharge the skin around your eyes.