How to: Get rid of dark circles
Whether it's lack of sleep, fatigue or stress, dark circles get the best of us. Dark circles occur when the skin under the eyes gets darkened. This happens due to mainly 3 underlying causes- genetics, poor blood circulation and lifestyle problems such as lack of sleep, fatigue, stress, dehydration, smoking, eyestrain…. And we can go on and on. So now, to answer the question in everyone’s mind- How to get rid of dark circles? Let’s have a look at some tricks so you can say a buh-bye to your dark circles.
- Sleep well
Catch up on that beauty sleep! Sleep on your back with an extra pillow beneath to elevate your head. This will help to drain out the blood and reduce puffiness in the morning. Also, a digital detox 2 hours before you sleep is a must. Blue rays from your beloved gadgets are a major cause for your not-so-loved dark circles.
- Apply cold compress
Anything cold is a friend. It reduces puffiness and shrinks dilated blood vessels. All you’d wanna do is to take a few ice cubes, wrap them in a cloth and apply on the eyes. Refrigerated tea bags are also a great way to reduce dark circles.
- Tea bags
Tea bags contain caffeine and antioxidants which increase blood circulation and reduce liquid build up under the eyes. For this, soak 2 tea bags in hot water and then refrigerate them for 15-20 mins. Once cold, apply it on closed eyes.
- Stay hydrated
Drink up! And by that we mean water, fresh juices, milk and green tea. Eating fruits and vegetables also add up to your fluid intake.
- Use an eye cream
An eye cream sounds like an obvious solution but make sure you choose a formula that targets dark circles. A lot of eye creams target wrinkles, dullness or under eye puffiness. Ingredients such as niacinamide, vitamin C for hyperpigmentation and vasoconstrictors such as matcha, green tea and caffeine to reduce dark circles caused by poor circulation.
Concealing is an instant way to hide your dark circles but making it look natural can be a little tricky. The key is colour correction. Firstly, take a good look at the colours you are trying to conceal. If it's more or a dark blue/grey then go for a peachy corrector to add warmth but if there are more red/pink tones that you need to neutralise then go for a yellow corrector. Now remember, use less product. Just enough to create a thin veil under the eyes. Finally, apply powder to prevent creasing.
Now that you know almost every trick in the book, try and test out what works best for you!
Article by Ananya Jain