6 Ways to Combat Chronic Raccoon Eyes

Because looking like you're at death's door is never good.
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You're busy. Too busy to walk your dog, pick up the cake, go on a date. And certainly too busy to add another step in your grooming routine. Reconsider. Even if your face can bounce back from a night of little sleep, the less resilient skin around your eyes give away the real story: You're dead tired. Here’s what you can do.


A squeeze of eye cream can soften the tell-tale signs of fatigue, the dark rings and puffy pouches that make you look like a ghoul. This one, from Lab Series, takes the skin-saving fight on two fronts. A blend of 10 antioxidants neutralizes the damage caused by free radicals, the stuff that breaks down skin, while peptides help the production of collagen, the stuff that repairs it. It's a high-tech salve that helps you appear more awake—even if you're not. And that's worth the extra step. Age Rescue Eye Therapy by Lab Series



A Flat Head: The Body Shop Moisture White Brightening Eye Cream

Use the flat-head applicator to massage the cream into your skin. The action also stimulates circulation, which helps reduce the look of fatigue. Shisho extract is the magic ingredient that lightens dark rings.

A Point: Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Eye

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The classic point end squeezes out the precise amount—a tiny dot. This reinforces firmness through the production of hyaluronic acid (the stuff that increases volume). The formula is also thick, so, when applied, it's as if it is holding everything up.

A Roller: L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller

The heavy-handed will benefit from hands-free application. A roller ball delivers the vitamin C-and-caffeine-infused serum with light strokes.

A Stick: Kiehl's Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer


The easiest to use. No dragging or pulling. One sweep of the stick covers the entire under-eye area. And that solid form is actually soft, almost creamy, when applied. The cooling effect is also refreshing.


Dark circles are shadows cast by a web of blood vessels. And they're visible because the skin under your eyes is notoriously thin. As you grow older, that skin gets finer, the rings more prominent. You can't stop aging, but you can control it. Speed it up with lack of sleep and lots of stress, which, in turn, makes the skin more translucent, or slow it down with the help of your dermatologist. Dr. Paulo Asuncion of Vietura recommends four rounds of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a treatment that softens the shadows by regenerating skin cells.

The procedure is non-surgical, but it does involve needles—first to extract 20 milliliters of blood, the source of the platelets, and then to deliver the plasma. It doesn't hurt, because, after 45 minutes with topical anesthesia slathered all over your face, you hardly feel the needle breaking into your skin. The doctor does his work with a sure hand, injecting the plasma into depressed areas—worry furrows, marionette lines, the hollows underneath your eyes.


What you will feel is this: the liquid tracing a squiggly line as it goes in, and the injected area becoming hot and heavy a few seconds after. It's as if the solution is working already, stimulating the production of collagen, which provides that lift, that buffer that minimizes the darkness.

Of course, it takes more time than that. A week after one session sees a subtle change. The circles appear less aggressive. You look a little better. No one may notice yet (three more rounds achieve maximal effect), but that's the point. You don't want to appear as if you've had something done. You want to look like you've been taking it easy. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. +632 551 5555 extension 5000 and 5098

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