According to the New York Times, and plenty of New York women, eye creams aren’t a remedy for their dark under-eye circles. That’s because the problem isn’t with the skin, per se, but with what goes on under it.
“Sun damage and age make the under-eye capillaries weak, and the skin here is so thin and transparent, you can see the plumbing leaks,” says Jillian Wright, a top Manhattan facialist and owner of the new Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa (22 E. 66th St., btwn Fifth Ave. and Madison).
The only real solution? Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage applied to the face. By gently circling the eyes and massaging the face and neck, a method espoused by Emil Vodder, a Danish physical therapist, Wright disperses the pooled fluid taking the purplish hemoglobin with it. (Secondary gain: It’s also incredibly relaxing.)
One facial MLD treatment can produce short-term results, but Wright says a series is the way to go for longer-lasting results. Eye creams can still play a role in your anti-aging regime, but sometimes a true remedy is right at hand. —Melisse Gelula
Dimension Eye Treatment at Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa ($50 as a stand-alone 20-minute treatment; $40 as a facial add-on), www.jillianwrightclinicalskinspa.com
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