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What Causes Dark Circles & How To Prevent Them:

There's many different things that can cause dark circles under the eyes, some avoidable - others, not so much...

Genetics - unfortunately, dark circles can be hereditary.

Thinning skin - as we age, skin thins and the area under your eyes can be greatly affected because the skin here is already thin to begin with. When this area thins with age, blood vessels become more visible and therefore, darker.

Lack of sleep - if only I could sleep all day! :)

Anemia - an iron deficiency. Skin looks more pale and area around the eyes look darker.

Lack of nutrients - an unhealthy diet can affect your skin in SO many ways, dark circles included. Try a more balanced diet and your skin will love you for it!

Dehydration - drinking water goes hand in hand with a balanced diet. Drinking enough water daily will help your body flush toxins.

Hormonal changes - gotta love being a woman! Pregnancy, menopause and menstruation can cause dark circles and puffiness.

Allergies/Hay Fever... Smoking and drinking also does not help! :)

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How to prevent them:

Drink lots of water throughout the day.

Try your best to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. Also, you can sleep with your head elevated (add an extra pillow) - this will help prevent any blood from pooling under your eyes while laying down.

Always wear SPF! (sun damage can darken your circles)

Slices of potato or cucumber - place on closed eyes and keep them on for around 15 minutes.

Cold compresses can help with both dark circles and bags.

The caffeine in tea bags can help diminish both dark circles and puffiness. Leave on your eyes for 10-15 minutes (make sure it's not too hot!)

Take your daily vitamins and eat as healthy as possible.

Eye creams - collagen, vitamin C, retinol. Gently pat in below and around eyes with ring fingers.

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An immediate relief from dark circles? Concealer! Pick a shade the same color as your skin tone or a shade or two lighter. Pat in with ring fingers then blend. Set with a powder (Ben Nye's Banana powder is a huge favorite of so many).

Any questions or requests, feel free to email me! marie_estycare@yahoo.com

Skin Care Routine

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Clarisonic Mia 2 ($150): I can't say enough good about this, and I may do a review in the future. You can use a makeup remover and two cleansers, and the Clarisonic will STILL find makeup left over. It removes blackheads and although they do not claim that these exfoliate your skin - they do. Quite the investment but absolutely worth it. There are different brush heads you can buy, although I've only used the sensitive one so I can't speak about the others.

** If you have acneic skin, be very careful. This can spread bacteria around if you have current breakouts (no matter what brush head you buy).

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($7.99): super popular in the youtube & blogging communities... I like this, it works well. However I usually have to go over twice because doing it once just doesn't cut it.. But, I do layer mascaras so that could be the reason why.

Bioré Steam Activated Cleanser ($7.49): I use this to cleanse my face in the shower in replace of the Cetaphil. It is good to switch up cleansers from time to time because your skin can get used to them and if that happens, they could be less effective for you. I like to use the Bioré one for a little change, and I also like the way it leaves my skin feeling after. It has a few small "exfoliating beads" in the gel, however not enough to actually exfoliate your skin so... Not sure why they bothered but hey, as long as it works, right? :)

Cetaphil Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin (11.99): This is fantastic. Always one I recommend to clients, and is also dermatologist recommended. It is gentle and great for sensitive skin, removes makeup well. It does have a scent that kind of bothered me at first but I got used to it after a while. Another cleanser similar that I would recommend that doesn't have as strong of a scent is CeraVe (they have a foaming cleanser for normal, combo & oily skin and a hydrating cleanser for dry to normal).

Cetaphil also has an oil control foam cleanser and one for all skin types. Additionally, they have a body wash, cleansing bars, and moisturizers.

Thayers Lavender & Witch Hazel Toner ($9.49): I did a previous post where I mentioned this toner. I can't say enough good about it. Works wonders, smells nice, removes any access makeup that is left over, and helps heal any blemishes faster.

Here is my previous post:

http://themakeupaffair.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/why-use-a-toner/

Keyano Aromatics Alpha Beta Exfoliating Cleanser ($25) & Dermabrasion Cream ($30): I used these in the spa while working at my school. I believe they are only available for purchase online via the company to professionals, however my school did have retail of this brand and you may be able to find spas who sell this, also Amazon has it (cleanser, couldn't find the dermabrasion cream on there)... The exfoliating cleanser is amazing, the dermabrasion cream can be dangerous if you don't know how to properly use it. It's extremely abrasive and many have gone overboard with using this and damaged their skin. But when used correctly, it works wonders.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($3.79): I also did a post on this. It's super cheap and more effective than many high end masks I've used. It's a clay based mask that dries up any acne and clears away blackheads.

More about this product in my post:

http://themakeupaffair.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/mint-julep-masque/

 

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer ($5.99): I have a love/hate relationship with this.. Although I try to avoid clean & clear products - simply because I believe many of these brands are geared towards younger skin - at times, this works very well for me.. Contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid, feels nice on the skin and is oil-free. It's very lightweight so I'd recommend it for summertime.

Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream (the small jar with white top) ($13.13): I bought this because I needed an eye cream for my state board practical exam and just grabbed it while wondering Target.. Have been using it for the past few weeks and can't give much of an opinion on it yet.. I haven't seen any results. It smells and feels nice though.

*Prices may vary slightly :)

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