Coronasomnia, aka loss or lack of sleep, has become an offshoot of the coronavirus.
And it has resulted not just in health problems but beauty issues as well.
The most obvious effect can be seen around the eyes—hello, dark circles and eye bags. Not even face masks can hide them.
Losing sleep because of binge-watching and unli-surfing—most people's lifeline in this pandemic—and too much worrying are partly to blame for looking like a zombie.
The dark circles happen because, according to healthline.com, "lack of sleep tends to cause the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eyes to dilate, creating a dark tint."
The eye bags are caused by fluids leaking out into the skin, making the eye area puffy and swollen.
How do we get rid of them?
Here's a list of active ingredients that we all should look for in any eye creams, gels, or patches.
A number of dermatologists in the U.S. have sworn that this can shrink the vessels, and decrease the darkness and puffiness around the eye area.
A brand called Good Molecules has Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches, which can do wonders to the delicate skin of the eye contour (yup, the patch is shaped according the curve below the eye lids) in just 10 to 15 minutes.
It's a quick pick-me-up after a crying session, and it can also be used on your frown lines.
Price on BeautyMNL: PHP 1,125 for 60 patches
To those who want to inlcude eye cream in their beauty regimen, look for this ingredient, which is a sugar found naturally in our skin.
According to the website 15minutebeauty.com, this can "draw moisture from the air and holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water."
It is said to be unbeatable when it comes to hydrating and making the skin cells more plump.
Coupled with ceramides, aka lipids or fats, the moisture in the skin gets sealed off.
Those who have tried Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream raved about how it brightened the eye area after a month of use.
Price on Sephora Philippines: PHP1,280
VITAMINS C, E, A
Vitamin C can thicken the skin and help conceal dark circles; Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, can lighten dark circles.
Vitamin A, in the form of retinol, aids in collagen production, while vitamin E soothes and protects.
Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream is packed with peptides and Vitamin B3.
Price on Lazada.com.ph: PHP1,699
Of course there's the tried-and-tested ice, which, according to WEBMd.com, can cause "the blood vessels to constrict, which may result in a lessening of the dark circles."
Just wrap an ice cube in a clean washcloth and gently place it under your eye area for 20 minutes.
Most beauty websites also recommend caffeinated tea, a mild diuretic that helps reduce eye puffiness.
Simply soak two tea bags in warm water and chill them for a few minutes in the refrigerator.
Place a tea bag on each eye for five minutes for a soothing, refreshing effect.