Dr. Ordon explains why dark circles under your eyes occur, and dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio teaches you how to treat them.
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Alternative Treatments for Under Eye Circles Travis: Our next question is from Shani who is here with us in our audience. Shani, welcome. Shani: Ever since I can remember since I was a child actually, I have had dark circles under my eyes and when I don’t get enough sleep, they are even more pronounce. Is there anything I can do to get rid of these dark circles? Drew: First of all, I want to give you a little background on what it is in contrary to what most people think. It is not because she has been out partying and not getting enough sleep. You imagine this is your blood vessels and your pigment. When you are younger, when your skin is thicker, you have more elastin, you have more collagen, the light, the blueness shows less, correct? Shani: Yeah. Drew: But as we age, our skin thins, we loose elastin, we loose collagen and for that reason, the lower eyelid gets more translucent, so those dark circles around t he eyes show up more than when we were younger. Shani: Should I get collagen? Tess Mauricio: We will start with the simple solutions first. A quick but temporary solution, you can actually do cool compresses. If you want a more long term solution, I mean there are so many creams out there but really look for these ingredients; look for vitamin K, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and seramide. So basically, we are building, rebuilding the blood vessels and then also building up and plumping that skin. Shani: Okay. Tess Mauricio: There is something though that you probably do not have in your bathroom -- I know I do not. Lisa: Potato? Tess Mauricio: Potato. So, we’re going to start a potato revolution and they only not going to be French fries, they were actually going to make potato juice. Shani: Really? Tess Mauricio: Yes. I bet you, you guys did not know that potato juice actually contain a natural bleaching product and alpha-lipoic acid that tends to be an anti-inflammatory and can help rebuild that area. Shani: So, I put these on my eyes? Tess Mauricio: So, you just try the potato revolution, yeah. Apply it. There you go. So, instead of cucumbers, you’re all going to be in our spa with potatoes. Shani: A little slimy but okay. Tess Mauricio: Yeah. But remember that anything you apply in your skin, there is always a chance for irritation. So, if you apply your potato juice on your skin and you get a little burning, itching, remove it and try the other things. Drew: Do not leave them on all day.