Dr Chloë & Dr Eloise on Crow’s-Feet, Dark Circles, and Everything about Eyes.
Want to wake up bright, smooth, and wide-awake around the eyes? But late nights, allergies, genetics, sun exposure, and the sands of time are having their way of making their presence be known?
Dr Chloë and Dr Eloise take us through what’s possible in the eye-refreshment department, from eye creams and sleeping-position strategies to lasers, ultrasound, injections, and even surgeries.
“There are many approaches, and they work to differing degrees for different people,” says Dr. Chloe, the founder of Eighth & Eden. Because the skin around your eyes is 40 percent thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, it’s more susceptible to environmental damage and more prone to showing signs of ageing, says Dr. Eloise, HIFU specialist. In-clinic procedures can be more powerful and more permanent, but at-home treatments can really help, both agree.
Sun protection is hands down the best way to prevent the fine lines and wrinkles we get around our eyes. “Regardless of whether it’s sunny outside or not, wear sunblock,” says Dr Chloë. “The sun is the root cause of wrinkling, and when skin is protected, the area responds better to hydration.” Dr Eloise adds that sunglasses and hats are always a good idea. Both also recommend daily vitamin C to help skin minimise free radicals and free radical damage, and constant hydration with ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
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Dr Chloë favours using a specific eye cream at night such as Obagi ELASTIderm® specifically formulated with a bi mineral complex to reduce wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.
Both Dr Chloë and Dr Eloise say the best treatments for crow’s-feet are often neurotoxins. “They work by softening the muscle contractions that cause furrows around the eyes, and the natural-looking results last for three to four months.
Dr Eloise also likes to use ultrasound and radiofrequency for crow’s-feet. “Ultraformer® III HIFU, an ultrasound-based collagen-building therapy, is very effective for wrinkling around the eyes,” says Dr Eloise.
Causes of puffy eyes: Fluid retention from late nights, too much drinking or salty food, and irritation from seasonal allergies. “And as we get older, muscles and other supportive tissues around the eye relax,” says Dr Chloë. “That, paired with waning elasticity in the skin, can cause fat that was once at deeper levels to migrate closer to the surface, causing eyelid bags. Because these bags are caused by changes in the underlying structures of the face, topical products and treatments can’t completely correct them.”
The obvious approach to puffiness—to get more sleep—is still one of the most effective. “Especially with the increased use of FaceTime and Zoom, bags can look worse than ever,” concedes Dr Eloise “Eight hours per night is helpful. When we’re asleep, we subconsciously microblink our closed eyes. This helps return the retained fluid that can accumulate during a given day back into the body, making the eye area look and feel less tired and smoother.”
IN CLINIC METHOD
For mild under-eye bags, Dr Chloë and Dr Eloise inject hyaluronic acid filler to camouflage the convexities. “When under-eye bags are more pronounced, I refer for surgery called blepharoplasty. Dr Eloise is also fond of less-invasive treatments for unwanted fat bags. “If a patient wants to avoid surgery and they have mild to moderate puffiness of the lower eyelids, superheating the tissue with either focused ultrasound—or radiofrequency can be very effective,” she says.” Combine this with LPG to remove puffiness and to eliminate toxins.
The shadowy dullness we get beneath our eyes happens for a number of reasons: Chronic rubbing, prominent blood vessels visible underneath the skin, a genetic predisposition, hormone-induced darkening, or pigment (melanin) buildup in the skin can all play a part. To help treat dark circles at home we recommend using Medik8 Illuminating Eye Balm. Enriched with multi-weighted Hyaluronic Acid, the lotion penetrates each level of the dermis, delivering vital hydration deep into the pores.
To address concavity underneath the eyes, both inject hyaluronic acid filler. “This is the most requested eye treatment at Eighth & Eden, “It brightens the area by adding volume and reducing the shadowing effect. There’s relatively little downtime, and results typically last one to two years.”