How to combat dark under eye circles
-Aug 1, Emma Wilder, Beauty -
Sometimes a dab of concealer just isn’t enough when it comes to disguising dark circles. And, they can still appear even when you’re getting a full eight hours sleep a night. We take a look at ways to minimise them.
Anyone who’s ever had to deal with dark circles and under-eye bags will know how annoying they can be. Not only do they make it look like you haven’t slept for a week, they also add years onto your face, which in our book is just not OK. Tackling these troublesome signs of tiredness can seem like an uphill struggle. That’s why we thought we’d share our top tips on bidding those bothersome bags goodbye.
Why do we get dark circles?
There are a number of reasons dark circles can crop up, but the most common factors are stress, fatigue and plain old genes. As beauty lovers, we’re painfully aware that the skin around the eyes is both fragile and thin. This delicate layer of skin doesn’t help when it comes to concealing the blue veins that lie close to the surface. Simply put, the thinner your skin, the more obvious the blue will be.
But what about when you’re tired? If you’re feeling low on energy or have had a particularly bad night’s sleep, your body will go into overdrive, producing the stress hormone, cortisol. This hormone has the effect of pumping blood around your body at a faster rate, meaning more blood flows to your eye area. Of course, this makes the veins under your eyes more prominent, increasing the appearance of that blue-purple tone we’re all trying to avoid.
How to prevent them
Get your beauty sleep
This was always going to be top of the list. Give your body the chance to rest and renew and you’ll reduce the possibility of going into cortisol-overdrive. The maintenance of normal blood flow to the eye area will help no end when it comes to tackling both the puffiness and blue-ness of under-eye bags.
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Whilst everyone needs their vitamin D, the sun’s UV rays can cause irreversible damage to the skin, especially those fragile, sensitive areas. Make sure you always apply a sunscreen to your eye area and on particularly bright days, some big sunglasses will also help shield delicate under-eye skin.
Diet is everything
Dehydration is a common culprit of dark circles and keeping your hydration levels up is an incredibly simple change to make to your routine. Avoid excessively salty foods and alcohol whilst ensuring that you drink lots of water to flush out any toxins and keep skin supple and strong.
Think about your skincare
All too often, our skincare products are to blame for the appearance of the dreaded panda eye. Harsh chemicals and exfoliants that are often found in beauty products might help to clear up your T-zone, but they’re not doing your bags any favours. Anything that’s too harsh or abrasive will only make this delicate area appear even thinner, revealing your dark circles even more.
If in doubt, cover them up
If all else fails, consider this quick and easy dark circle makeup buster.
Step 1: Place something cold on your eyes to bring down the initial puffiness. Reusing your old tea bags is a good trick. Simply put your used tea bags in the fridge and place the cold bags on your eyes for 5 minutes when your eyes could do with a bit of a boost.
Step 2: Use a colour corrector. Balance out blue and purple tones with a pink corrector and for brown or yellow bags, opt for a peachier shade.
Step 3: Use a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone to really make your eyes pop. Blend this in on top of the colour corrector for eyes that look wide-awake.