Dr. Perricone Discusses

Solutions to Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eye area are caused by a combination of factors, including age, genetics and lifestyle. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to address the causes and minimize the appearance of dark circles.

Address Your Skin's Natural Aging Process
As we age, our skin becomes thinner, making the blood vessels appear more noticeable. Diminished fat pads under the eyes can exacerbate the problem.

What you can do:
    1. Take Vitamin C Ester supplements to help strengthen the walls of your blood vessels to minimize the appearance of dark circles.
    2. Choose topical treatments formulated with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester. Alpha Lipoic Acid has the unique ability to promote the healthy production of nitric oxide, which helps control the blood flow to the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of dark circles. Vitamin C Ester will help with thinning skin and collagen production.

Avoid Dehydration
Even slight dehydration can increase the appearance of dark circles.

What you can do:
Stay well-hydrated with pure spring water and add an Omega-3 supplement to your diet to keep skin supple. Avoid sodas and coffee drinks that can further dehydrate skin.

Reduce Sodium Intake
Excess sodium in the diet can contribute to dehydration and make dark circles more noticeable.

What you can do:
Follow the anti-inflammatory diet, ensuring that you consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, not only for their hydrating properties, but for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Cut back on salt intake by adding fresh or dried herbs instead of salt for flavor.

Dr.Perricone's Pick: Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum Modify Lifestyle Choices
It should not be a surprise that smoking, lack of sleep and excess alcohol consumption are almost guaranteed to exacerbate any skin condition. In addition, allergies, sun exposure, sinus problems and even nasal congestion all contribute to under-eye discoloration and 'bags'.

What you can do:
Make healthy lifestyle choices: Don't smoke, be sure to get at least seven hours of sleep each night, and limit alcohol consumption to one glass of red wine with dinner.

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