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Tales Of Anti-aging Eye Treatments And Creams

The area underneath my eyes had been bothering me for a while as with the march of time, it was starting to look a bit hollow. I had done some research and knew that injecting fillers in the tear troughs could improve the look of the area, but for me, putting a syringe close to my eyes was a scary proposition! Still, I had seen good results with fillers on a friend or two and was considering the option. Then, I looked into laser treatments and in the process learned that they could also brighten the under-eye area in more ways than one.

Veins Glorious Veins!

While I was contemplating the idea of fillers, I went to see Dr. Roy Geronemus to eliminate some broken capillaries on my cheeks. He pointed out the visible blue veins underneath my eyes and said that he could remove those with a laser too. Ditto for the larger veins around my temples. I had noticed those blood vessels but they never bothered me much as I thought they were pretty common. Well, of course, after they were brought to my attention, that’s all I could see when I looked into the mirror. But still, I held off. Would removing these veins affect the blood flow to the eyes? Even though Dr. Geronemus and two other dermatologists assured me it would have no detrimental effect on circulation, it took me a few months to screw up the courage to submit to a laser.

The Treatment Was Not Entirely Painless, But It Was Quick

A pair of metal ocular shields were placed directly on my eyeballs to shield them from the Excel V laser. This was not something I expected and after they were plucked off at the end of the procedure, my eyes felt raw and sensitive. If you wear contact lenses, I highly recommend that you leave them at home and just wear your glasses for this treatment. As for pain, underneath my eyes, there was just a stinging sensation at the point of contact with the laser.

The elimination of the larger veins on my temples was more painful however. No topical anesthetic was applied as this constricts the vessels, making it more difficult to treat. All in all, the procedure lasted a brief 10 to 15 minutes. Costs range between $450 – $750 depending on the extent of the treatment. Afterwards, the under-eye area was a bit red and swollen for a couple of days, as expected. A small scab had formed which worried me somewhat as Dr. Geronemus cautioned that there is a very small risk of scarring. But, this too went away without a trace in a few days, helped by the application of Aquaphor. The blue veins had disappeared almost immediately and I was pleased with the fast results. A follow up visit may be necessary depending on the number and size of veins.

A Return Visit to Dr. Geronemus

In my case, a couple of visible blood vessels remained so a month later, I returned for a second visit. An unexpected and very pleasing side effect was that, by the time of my second treatment, the skin underneath my eyes looked smoother, thicker and thus lighter. Dr. Geronemus confirmed that this is not an uncommon side effect because when thermal energy is delivered into the dermis, as it is with lasers, you get neocollagenesis or the formation of new collagen. Should new veins pop up underneath my eyes, I will certainly have them treated with a laser if only for the collagen-boosting results!

Next Up Were Fillers

I had decided to take the plunge, pleased as I was with the results of the laser treatment. The fillers typically used in the under-eye area are hyaluronic acids such as Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero.

Made of a natural sugar that’s in your skin, hyaluronic acids give a soft correction to facial hollows.

Effects last approximately six months after the first treatment, but can last even longer after subsequent treatments. I opted for Belotero as the skin under the eyes is thin and Belotero is the thinnest of the hyaluronic fillers. Costs range between $700 – $850 depending on the product used.

The hollow grooves located on top of the orbital bone are referred to as the tear troughs because tears roll down this track. Although there are no dermal fillers that are FDA-approved for the tear trough, fillers are used off-label in this area.

Injecting The Eye Area Is Not Without Risks

Too much filler results in lumpiness. And if the filler blocks a retinal artery, it can cause blindness. Dr. David Orentreich is the experienced dermatologist I turned to for this procedure. After the area was numbed with a topical analgesic cream containing Lidocaine, he injected a small amount of Belotero in the tear trough, patting it down as he went along. I had a bit of swelling and redness (but no bruising) afterwards which lasted for a day or two. A week later, Dr. Orentreich manually smoothed out some residual unevenness. Injecting the under-eye area with filler has not only reduced the hollowness, but it has also plumped up some of the wrinkles, reducing the existing crepiness.

Anti-aging-eye-creamsThe Results

As a result of the laser treatments and fillers, the skin underneath my eyes looks lighter, brighter and smoother and I will not hesitate to repeat these procedures as the need arises. Not ready or willing to take lasers or needles to your under-eye area? The beauty experts at NYSD Beauty recommend these anti-aging eye creams and mask:

Lavido Alert Eye Cream is an all-natural under-eye cream from Israel that combines plant-based hyaluronic acid, cold pressed avocado oil, organic pomegranate seed oil and citrus extracts with the volcanic thermal springs from the sea of Galilee to brighten and moisturize the skin around the eye area. Clinically proven to increase skin’s elasticity and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you need a real jolt, try Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches. These five-minute wonders contain caffeine and tighten and lift the skin under the eye area as well as smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This is Travel Beauty’s founder, Alyssa Weiss’, favorite eye product. She says your face will immediately brighten up and look younger. She loves the patches for travel, before important meetings and prior to attending gala events. To be used 3 x per week.

The light formula of Sapelo Restoring Eye Cream absorbs right into the skin, boosting collagen production with a blend of powerful peptides, reducing dark circles with botanical burdock and strengthening capillaries with a cocktail of antioxidants.

Expert Tip: Alyssa advises that “when it comes to eye creams, don’t be afraid to get in there and massage the cream into the under-eye area. Also remember to sweep up and around to the crow’s feet area — and get in there too!”

By: Delia von Neuschatz for New York Social Diary.

For more beauty tips and information, follow Delia on Instagram: @chasingbeautywithdvn

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How Caffeine Can Benefit Skin

I’ve never been a cigarette smoker, and as a working mom with two school-aged kids, I rarely have time for a drink (though the desire pops up frequently). I workout regularly and eat pretty darn healthfully. So totally vice-free am I, I have *no shame* in my coffee-drinking game. If coffee is my one “addiction” in life, so be it. I truly look forward to my Nespresso every. Single. Morning.

For so long, caffeine was seen as little more than an extremely addictive (yet quite useful) drug to be consumed in controlled quantities–a necessary evil without which the world would grind to a grumpy halt.

Then, a few years ago, numerous studies started to surface that declared coffee a life-extending, brain-benefitting wonder food. It was with great pleasure (not to mention vindication), that I read these studies, knowing I was on to something ALL ALONG. And, really, it all made sense: Coffee is an antioxidant rich plant! As long as you’re not drowning it in cream and sugar ( I would NEVER), it should be good for you, no?

Given the beauty industry’s obsession with all things antioxidant, it wasn’t long before caffeine–in the form of black coffee, white tea, green tea, etc.–started popping up as a featured ingredient in all sorts of beauty products. Color me intrigued. I wondered how, exactly, caffeine benefits skin. The same antioxidants that help fight dementia when you ingest coffee also fight signs of premature aging caused by light, pollution and free radicals when slathered onto skin. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, reducing redness (making it an ideal treatment for rosacea and/or flushed skin) and puffiness (hello under eye area!). And–hold onto your venti no whip double pump caramel macchiato–caffeine can even temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Because caffeine is a diuretic, creams and serums containing it can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by dehydrating fat cells. This shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening  and smoothing effect (less lumps).

Just as drinking a green tea makes you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, using products containing caffeine will leave you *looking* bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, too.

Ready to caffeinate from the outside in? Here are some of my favorite skin and body care picks to give your dermis a rejuvenating java jolt.

Perk Up Your Peepers With These Caffeinated Cosmetics!

Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches – These fast-penetrating (only five minutes!) under eye masks target all eye areas of concern: bags, shadows, wrinkles, swelling and sagging. An intensive eye treatment that deeply restructures and instantly lifts the fragile eye contour area. Dark circles, puffiness, sagging and signs of fatigue are visibly minimized. The caffeine they contain is part of a decongesting complex that activates circulation and breaks down fatty deposits under the eye, whilst hyaluronic acid repairs, hydrates and improves elasticity. The skin around the eye area is instantly moisturized, protected and repaired. Try them at the end of a long flight, or the morning after a long night.

Cosmetics 27 Eyes 27 – This tube’s got coffee and tea! Eyes 27 is incredibly effective at reducing the signs of aging, fatigue and stress that show around the eyes first. Its patented MA2 Complex, a combination of three purified extracts of Centella Asiatica, offers exceptional repairing, regenerating, soothing and antioxidant properties. Black coffee, White Tea Extract and Kombucha cause a draining and detoxifying action. Black Coffee and White Tea Extracts work together to stimulate microcirculation and drain away the toxins and fluids that build-up to create puffiness. Features are relaxed, dark circles and bags significantly reduced and skin’s radiance and youth are restored. Especially soothing after an aesthetic treatment.

Get Your Tummy Taut With…

Mio Skincare Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper. Used every day, this 5-star reviewed caffeine-infused body shaper will whittle your waist and tighten your tummy. Formulated with Rhodofiltrat Delessaria™ and pharmaceutical grade caffeine, Get Waisted’s Oat Protein Complex helps to replenish moisture to improve the look and feel of abdominal skin.

Go Green (Tea) With Our Face/Body Combo Favorite

Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish. This scrub can be used on face and body–it’s gentle on body and powerful on face. Unlike many scrubs, no additional soap is needed with it; just polish, rinse and go. Foaming Skin Polish contains fine grains of rice bran and bamboo to exfoliate dead skin cells, while gentle cleansing agents purify and refresh. The rich, foaming texture thoroughly removes excess oils and buildup, allowing skin to immediately look bright, pure and smooth. Ginger root and ginseng extracts balance and tone skin as green tea, camphor and geranium oil calm, nourish and supply antioxidant protection. Skin is left smooth, soft and radiant…and ready to soak up all your skin care treatment products. There is no other product under $20 that will instantly improve your skin like this scrub.

There’s Tea Time For Men, Too…

Alchimie Forever Antioxidant Skin Repair Gel. Alchimie Forever Antioxidant Defense Gel hydrates, protects and soothes your dude’s face to leave it feeling soft, healthy and refreshed. Its invigorating oil-free formula features an antioxidant-rich complex of green tea and tomato extracts to counter premature aging. Soothing rosemary, menthol and turmeric extracts reduce inflammation, while panthenol softens and conditions. Ideal for use as an aftershave to prevent ingrown hairs and in sticky summer months when a cream could be too much.

What’s your favorite caffeinated cosmetic? Share with us!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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