Bright eyes: Expert tips for eliminating dark circles under your eyes

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An eye care master class with Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai

Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai is a leading expert when it comes to skincare and she has many years of experience in treating tired-looking eyes. Caring for this part of your complexion can make a huge difference when it comes to helping the skin on your face to appear more energised, refreshed and youthful.

Eyes can give away so much and the skin underneath them is incredibly delicate. We interviewed Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai to find out more about the best ways of approaching this part of your skincare routine.

Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai. Before you can treat the problem, it is helpful to understand it better. From your experience, what causes tired eyes or dark under-eye circles to appear?

Lifestyle choices including smoking, caffeine and alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, hydration and dietary deficiencies can increase hyperpigmentation. Genetics and ethnicity can predispose us to being more likely to develop dark circles, while exposure to the sun and pollutants, along with high energy visible light from smartphones, tablets, and laptops all contribute to increasing hyperpigmentation as we age too.

Those of us who suffer with dark under-eye circles worry about whether they will stay forever – are they permanent? 

Dark circles aren’t always permanent. How long they last depends on many factors and there may be times that under-eye circles are lighter or darker.

 Most commonly, dark circles can come and go, as they are an indicator to your overall health and a response to changes in the seasons and varying amounts of sun exposure.

Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai, you say that dark circles can sometimes be more prominent in skin of colour such as Asian, African and Olive skin – why is this the case?

Asian, African and olive skin types, have giant melanocytes that are easily triggered, whilst excessive inflammation can cause further pigmentation. The most important cause of the dark circles in skin of colour is hyperpigmentation, but this can also affect Caucasians.

When it comes to fixing the problem, how important is an eyecare product?

Some patients tell me that eye creams never work for dark circles. This is a common misconception as people expect eyelid skincare to restore structural volume loss that can cast under-eye shadows. However, treating and protecting the eyelid skin with scientifically effective skincare can correct skin hyperpigmentation, which is one of the main causes of dark circles.

You have created your own product, which we recently featured and loved! What are the benefits of your new Dr Sabrina Perfect 360 Eye Illuminate from your perspective?

Whilst topical skincare cannot replace lost volume beneath the eye (caused by soft tissue and bony volume loss), the Dr Sabrina Perfect 360 Eye Illuminate is extremely effective at reducing hyperpigmentation and hydrating the skin to address hyperpigmentation.

The powerful results-driven serum contains a triple-action liposomal formulation, which targets the root causes of dark circles, reducing pigmentation and inflammation. The rollerball tip is specially designed for ease of application and providing a lymphatic massage, whilst gently cooling the delicate eye area.

After relocating to the UK, people would frequently ask if I was tired or unwell, which I found upsetting. As I began to age, my dark circles became darker, and I really disliked looking chronically tired. And so, my quest for an effective solution began… I am living proof of the effectiveness of the Dr Sabrina Perfect 360 Eye Illuminate. Within just eight weeks of treatment I was able to dramatically improve the appearance of my dark circles and I now look more well-rested than ever.

If we notice that dark circles suddenly appear, is there a quick fix?

If the problem is minor or temporary, there are simple things you can do to alleviate dark circles under your eyes.

Try these top 5 tips:

  1. Get enough rest. Sleep deprivation only makes dark eye circles more obvious.
  2. Slight elevation of the head during sleep will help prevent fluids from draining toward the eyes.
  3. Don’t rub the area around the eyes, it will only make the condition worse.
  4. Stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking enough water and having enough fruit and vegetables to add to your overall water intake. 
  5. Add my new Dr SabrinaTM Perfect 360 Eye Illuminate to your eye care routine. The results-driven serum contains a triple-action liposomal formulation which targets the root causes of dark circles, reducing pigmentation and inflammation. For dark circles treatment to be fully effective and maintain the results, it is important to use the regime on a daily basis as part of your long-term investment in eye skin health and radiance.

Discover more here: Dr Sabrina™ Perfect 360 Eye Illuminate – DrSabrina™

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