Monthly Archives: March 2010

Guest Post via Jennifer Junot “Paper Or Plastic”

Jennifer Junot is a twenty-two year old esthetician licensed in three states. Dark circles under the eyes are a particularly common skin care concern. Like many people I have the luxury of hiding mine behind a pair of glasses (that’s right, *luxury* of wearing glasses) but not everyone has this advantage. In this post, Jennifer explains where the circles come from, and offers a few simple solutions to reduce or eliminate them. Jennifer points out that one of the possible causes of puffy, dark circles under the eyes is a Vitamin K deficiency. It’s true that a great deal of cosmetic problems and skin concerns can be related to diet. Lack of sufficient anti-oxidants in any diet can lead to complications that are much more than skin deep.

Paper Or Plastic.
-Jennifer Junot

I had a friend ask me about dark circles and “bags” under the eyes the other day and ever since then I have been on a research frenzy to answer her in the best way possible! I have worked with many people that try to understand the meaning of why we get bags under our eyes and I always get an unclear answer. Unfortunately, what I have come up with isn’t much different. There is not a specific procedure anyone of us can do to completely rid our faces of ugly dark circles and bags, however, there are some things you can do to reduce the signs!

For some of us it might just be heredity. The skin around our eyes is the most delicate and thinnest skin in the body. Dark circles under the eyes are blood vessels that can be seen through the skin, producing the bluish tint. The collagen in your skin breaks down with age and your skin becomes more translucent, so as you get older it might be more noticeable.

Another cause could be from lack of sleep. That’s why everyone associates dark circles and bags with looking tired. So be sure you are getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night! And if your super talented, sleeping with cucumber slices over your eyes might help reduce the puffiness! (P.S. Those really only work when they are cold.) You can often find hot/cold eye compresses at any beauty store. They are decently priced and are reusable (unlike cucumbers). When chilled it can prevent swelling.

— Try one of these Ingredients–

VITAMIN K! — Dark circles and puffiness are often thought to be due to vitamin K deficiency or a lack of antioxidants in the diet. Antioxidants help heal cell damage and repair damaged skin. Vitamin K helps with blood coagulation and circulation. Since both damaged skin and poor circulation can increase the appearance of dark circles, eating foods like broccoli, carrots, cabbage, spinach and strawberries can lighten the circles under your eyes.

GINKGO EXTRACT– An extract of Ginkgo Biloba. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, this ingredient will help reduce puffiness!!

Kitchen Essentials: Mushroom Stock

Assemble The Following:

  • 1 Large Red Onion Cut into sixths, bulb intact
  • 5 Large Carrots quartered, skin intact
  • 5 Large Celery Ribs, Halved
  • 5 Stalks Bok Choy
  • 1/4 Lb. each of Cilantro and Parsley
  • 2 Lbs. White Mushrooms, halved or quartered depending on size, cleaned
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 Qt. Water

Do This With It:

  • Sautee veggies in 5 Qt. stock pot, until onions are tender, and greens are wilted. About Ten Minutes.
  • Cover with water and bring to rapid boil for an ten to fifteen minutes. Reduce Heat.
  • Simmer for an hour.
  • Strain vegetables from stock pot.
  • Add Mushrooms (in increments if using a small stock pot).
  • Simmer on low heat until mushrooms are reduced by half, roughly one hour.
  • Strain stock through a fine cloth to remove smallest particles.

As with all stock recipes, any vegetables you have on hand will work just fine. This Makes about four quarts, or sixteen cups. Freeze in one to two cup portions in vacuum packages.