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What cuases the blue bruise marks under eyes when we are tired?

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PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 19:25:38

Why do some people get it more than others, what can be done to reduce them apart from more sleep?

I have quite large bags under my eyes, circles/puffiness of tiredness that covers the sockets. In the corner of my eyes - the skin near my nose, they are blue/purple, and is reminiscent of being punched in the face.

I think they are more noticeable to me, but they really really bother me.

The sleep issue, is an issue that is on the list of resolving, but not looking at being sorted anytime soon.

So I would quite like to know what I can do to reduce them in the meantime, to give the appearance of being more freshfaced than I perhaps feel sometimes!

I have tried the light reflecting foundation pen by No.7, and have the green red-reducing cream from them too. What is the name of that other green stuff that is meant to be brilliant, and what does it cost?

What else? Please? I am only 31, feel like I am 45 right now.

PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 19:28:24

Oh dear, a typing error in my Title. How embarrassing blush


PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 19:37:38

So water allegedly helps so I am reading, what else?

Tea bags for 20 mins? some other detox type thing?

violetsmile Wed 23-Jul-08 19:44:34

I have the same problem! Never really thought what causes it, I'd be interested to know tho!

I've always had dark rings under my eyes, ever since I was about 14! I've always tried to cover them up but no foundation or concealer seems to manage it.

Now ds' sleeping is completely crap, i look like a corpse and I feel like one too!

I've heard that drinking lots of water helps too and also sheercover make up available on the internet as a package with concealer is supposed to make the disapper! hmm I'm sceptical but have ordered mine anyway!

zazen Wed 23-Jul-08 19:46:38

If I eat wheat I look like I've come from the back of beyond, on my broom. Too too scary.

Dairy also gives me black circles under my eyes.

My GP used to call them 'allergy shiners'
Have you had yourself tested for food allergy / intolerances?

watsthestory Wed 23-Jul-08 19:47:36

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PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 20:00:38

Glad I am not the only one!

watsthestory that is quite interesting actually as I am often quite stuffy. I have always suffered from stuffy nose, and general congestion is normal for me (made worse by breaking my nose a few times too, can't have helped hmm)

Where would I get a decongestant eye gel? I currently have an Oil of Olay, bloody expensive, not done a thing! But not decongestant....

So perhaps dealing with the congestion would help? I think its in my sinus' to be honest, its deeprooted anyway. Dr does not give a toss usually refers to it as a virus if I ever complain about it. I appear to have a lot of virus's grin.

zazen oh possibly an allergy of some sort? I have always been prone to blue bits near my eyes, but the lack of sleep feels and looks like my eyes have been pulled out and put back in, much much worse than normal. Perhaps there is something in that too.

violetsmile it is not nice is it? sleep depravation is so bad on so many levels and not least on how we feel and how we look! I found the No.7 light diffusing concealer worked brilliantly when I first used it. It did not hide them but certainly made them softer. This time, they seem un-concealable sad.

PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 20:02:06

And i can feel the bruises if that make sense, my eyes actually hurt, or rather the skin/muscles around them hurt. They feel like they are bruised.

<drinking a gallon of water as we speak>

watsthestory Wed 23-Jul-08 20:05:18

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PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 20:07:52

watsthestory I don't mind spending money if it works! (or rather, don't mind spending the never-never! grin).

Pillows - now that is interesting, you see I lurve my feather pillows, always have. I wonder? hmm I am refusing to even mention to DH as he has always hated my feather pillows!

I will try the sea-salt spray too.

zazen i hope its not wheat, I live off the stuff!!! How would I survive?

RusselBrussel Wed 23-Jul-08 20:20:15

The congestion theory makes sense. I don't suffer from these, but my dh does, very badly. In his case it is linked to his asthma, in fact his asthma nurse can tell just how bad he has been by his 'asthma eyes'.

And he drinks a lot of water, at least 2 litres a day...

PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 20:21:43

2 litres? shock

<gulps another pint>

watsthestory Wed 23-Jul-08 20:33:41

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PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 20:36:33

{shock] but I can't shock. What will I fluff obsessively for 10 mins before I sleep, or when I can't sleep to comfort myself?

Oh dear. What ones would you recommend? Where from? I need ones that dont turn into flatbread after a few weeks.

Maybe I found the cure? <jumps up and down with excitement> Would be typical if it has been them all along!

watsthestory Wed 23-Jul-08 20:44:51

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PavlovtheCat Wed 23-Jul-08 21:00:06

Thats ok, easing it fine. I am not ever going to be a oil painting, but would be nice to ease it a bit, so it looks a smidge less like I been hit by a frying pan!

It certainly can't hurt to try it eh? Failing that, i will ahve to stop eating food!

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