When it comes to maintaining her youthful appearance, Kim Kardashian is at the top of her game. There’s no denying the fact that the reality star is seriously skilled when it comes to her beauty routine and skincare, but even she isn’t immune to the signs of aging. “I’ve always struggled with dark under-eye circles. As I’ve gotten older, I have to make sure to get enough sleep, practice a good skincare routine, stay out of the sun and stay hydrated to combat puffiness and discoloration,” she admits on her app. Kim quizzed her go-to dermatologist, Dr. Lancer, who offered up three simple tips that are bound to make a big difference if you, too are dealing with prominent under eye circles and puffiness.
“Under-eye dark circles are caused by many things and appear in the delicate area below the eye. Because the skin around the eye is delicate, it is easily susceptible to showing signs of aging. Dark circles also have an association with sleep, as they are usually more prominent when one doesn’t receive enough rest. This isn’t the only cause, though—dark circles can be shadows cast by puffy lids, hollowness that occurs when one ages, thinning of skin that then makes blood vessels more obvious, or dark circles might just be a hereditary trait that runs in your family. Another potential cause for dark circles under your eyes may be due to sun exposure, since the sun signals melanin production, which causes pigmentation,” Dr. Lancer explains.
“Do you tend to lie on your side or on your stomach? Either of these positions can cause your face to fold into the pillow and put strain on the skin around your eyes. To avoid this, try to sleep on your back; it doesn’t just benefit your face, but other areas of your body, like the chest, from potential wrinkles. You may also want to consider sleeping with an extra elevated pillow when your eyes are extremely puffy, since elevating your head will get the fluid to move away from your eyelids,” Dr. Lancer says.
“Puffy eyelids can also contribute to a less-than-youthful appearance. In order to combat puffiness, make sure that you are adequately hydrated. This means tracking your salt and alcohol intake, as these substances cause water retention and swelling. For every alcoholic beverage you consume, drink a glass of water alongside it. Always make sure to have plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration,” he adds.
“One of the easiest things you can do to prevent the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles under your eyes is to invest in sunglasses. Even when you least expect it, the sun can come out from behind the clouds and cause you to squint, so having a pair of sunglasses on hand will prevent you from being exposed to the sun’s blinding rays,” Dr. Lancer adds.