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Knock Out Dark Circles

06 March 2015

“You look tired, are you feeling okay?” How many times have we all heard this from a friend or coworker? Granted, it usually happens when we wore a little less makeup that day or did something different with our hair. However, the main culprits to blame when this comment rears its ugly head are dark under eye circles. Before we learn some ways to fight them, let’s first find out where they come from and why they show up on the faces of people of all ages.

Dark circles can occur for a number of reasons, some of which are actually very hard to control. For many people, having dark under eye circles is all thanks to genetics. Even young adults can suffer from them simply because it runs in the family. Allergies can also cause dark circles due to constant rubbing and scratching of the eyes. Things like sun damage and lack of sleep will also worsen the look of dark circles. As we get older, our skin naturally gets thinner. Because the skin around the eyes is already so fragile, the veins beneath the skin begin to show through even more with age, thus giving the appearance of a grey-blue undertone. I know, I know, this all sounds like there is no hope for us at all! Don’t worry though; there are ways to fight the darkness.

Much of the battle against dark circles starts from the inside and works its way out. Like anything involving beauty and appearance, taking care of our bodies goes so much further than makeup does. To start off, getting enough sleep every night will do wonders for the eye area. Anyone can attest to the fact that a morning after very little sleep causes excessive bags and discoloration under the eyes. Having a healthy diet and drinking lots of water will also be beneficial to your appearance. Drinking water will do well for nearly every part of the body and the under eyes are no exception. Staying hydrated will benefit your skin as well as your under eyes. As far as diet goes, foods that are high in sodium can only worsen the look of dark circles. While salty foods are delicious, they are not good for those who tend to get puffy around the eyes. Too much sodium causes swelling and even more circles under the eyes. Quick tip: if you ate foods that are high in sodium last night, try to counteract the affect by eating foods high in potassium such as squash, avocado, bananas, and apricots. Raising potassium levels will reduces sodium levels and lessen bags under the eyes. Another back up plan if you wake up one morning with puffy eyes is to use caffeinated green tea bags that have been in the freezer for about an hour. Simply lay the bags on the under eye area for 10-15 minutes; this will constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling and discoloration. Also, using an eye cream like our Eyelighten Cream in your daily skin care routine can dramatically reduce dark circles and improve firmness around the eyes. These are all great ways to reduce dark circles but if you need a little extra help, makeup can give the extra coverage you may need.

When selecting a concealer to combat dark circles, you will want to choose one that is creamy in texture but not one that has a liquid consistency. Liquid concealers can often crease in the under eye area and will do more harm than good when it comes to concealing dark circles. It is also important to choose a concealer that matches well with your skin tone. If you have warm undertones, use a yellow based concealer. If you have cool undertones, use a salmon based concealer. Both of these bases will counteract the discoloration caused by dark circles while blending well with your particular skin tone. Always be very gentle when applying makeup around the eye area. Use the ring finger in a gentle patting motion to blend out concealer and never pull or tug at the skin surrounding the eye.

Dark under eye circles are very common and range from being subtle to quite dark in color. Hopefully with these tips and tricks, you will be able to reduce the look of dark circles and be confident with or without makeup, knowing you are doing what is best for your body and skin.