Anyone who’s ever had to deal with dark circles and under-eye bags will know how frustrating they can be. All too often panda eyes aren’t actually related to lifestyle, you may sleep for the recommended eight hours each night, and your diet is packed with fruit and vegetables, but those stubborn dark circles just won’t disappear! Not only do they make it look as though you haven’t slept for a week, they also add years onto your face and disguising them with make-up can be time-consuming. Tackling these troublesome signs of tiredness can seem like an uphill struggle. How do you get rid of dark circles? – we take a closer look.
There are a number of reasons that dark circles can crop up, but the most common factors are stress, fatigue and plain old genetics. 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 and that is one of the main causes of dark circles.
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. This makes the veins under your eyes more prominent, increasing the appearance of that blue-purple tone we’re all trying to avoid.
There are some expensive lasers and injections on the market that claim to be a miracle dark circles under eyes treatment. We always prefer the natural option for beauty and wellness and the good news is that there are plenty of simple and inexpensive ways to soothe and treat this sensitive area of your face.
There’s no permanent solution to get rid of dark circles under eyes but ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep every night is top of the list of ways to help. 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 when it comes to tackling both the puffiness and blue-ness of under-eye bags – which is how you reduce dark circles.
Almond oil is said to be a great way to remove dark circles under eyes because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Make sure that you use a high-quality oil and with cleans hands gently rub a drop under each eye. The vitamin E, vitamin K and retinol in almond oil are said to help remove dark circles under eyes without irritating the skin – which causes puffiness.
Cooled cucumber slices can be a fantastic dark circle treatment because the coldness soothes puffiness. Other alternatives include an ice cube, which you can simply rub around the eye area, damp teabags and even frozen vegetables.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of dark circles under eyes fast then why not do it while you sleep? Try investing in a silk pillow which helps reduce signs of the dreaded pillow face and sleep on your back. Be very careful with your eye make-up remover before you go to bed, because excess rubbing can cause irritation which results in puffy eyes upon waking.
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.
All too often, our skincare products are to blame for the appearance of the dreaded panda eye. Harsh chemicals that are often found in beauty products might help to clear up your T-zone, but they’re not doing your eyes any favours. Anything that’s too harsh or abrasive will only make this delicate area appear even thinner, revealing your dark circles even more.
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.
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.
Try freezing a couple of drops of Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil with some water in an ice cube tray which you can use each morning after showering to smooth the skin under your eyes, ease swelling and tighten your entire face – as well as moisturising!
Don’t forget to take your Lumity day and night supplements every morning and right before bed!