Dark circles under your eyes can come from a lot of sources. For many, it’s a lack of sleep that causes the shadows. Others may find that their skin is just more vulnerable to discoloration naturally. I have struggled with dark circles most of my adult life, and have gathered a few tips and tricks to help you solve your problems. As a beauty expert, I’ve passed this information along to clients and they love their results.
Night Time Tricks
First, if you can get some extra sleep, that can help reduce your under eye circles. You should shoot for at least 8 hours a night, but at least six can help get rid of the darkness. Another trick is to double up on pillows. Sometimes blood gathering under your eyes causes the dark circles to appear, so a higher elevation can stop that pooling. A night time eye cream, like Benefit’s It’s Potent Night Cream can help you reduce circles by adding lots of moisture to your thin skin.
In the morning, there’s a couple tricks you can try to reduce puffiness and dark circles. First, take a cold compress or baggie of ice wrapped in a thick cloth and lay it gently over your eyes for a bit. This can help stimulate blood flow and reduce swelling. You can also have a cup of coffee or tea, as caffeine can help get your blood moving. You can even take cooled tea bags of green tea, which has caffeine, and lay them under your eyes for a boost. I like doing this in the summer and cooling the tea bags in the freezer for a jolt of energy. There are even eye creams that contain caffeine, like Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator which can instantly brighten them.
As a last ditch effort after trying night and morning treatments, you can cover your under eye circles using some makeup. If you have a regular concealer, try dabbing it lightly and gently blending it out with a brush or your ring finger, which provides light pressure. You can also buy specialized concealers designed specifically for your eye area. My favorite is Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller which helps erase the dark circles with a brightening concealer. I even use it on acne marks to get a better bang for my buck. You can also use a shade of foundation one or two shades lighter than your skin tone to help minimize the shadows.
To prevent dark circles, you can also up your water intake. Being properly hydrated can help your body function better, and provide moisture for your skin. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. You can also start exercising, even if it’s just a short walk every day, to help improve your circulation. Better circulation can prevent the blood pooling that sometimes causes dark circles. If you find that your dark circles are worsened by allergies, talk to your doctor about allergy medications that can help reduce the histamine reaction you’re experiencing. Many over the counter allergy medicines can help your symptoms greatly.
With a little work and practice, you can banish your dark circles. I have noticed that by trying a few of these in combination, my dark circles are much less frequent and I feel confident. Sometimes we just need to invest in ourselves to reap beauty benefits that help us be our best selves.