Here are simple lifestyle changes, quick fixes, and product suggestions to tackle your dark circles and get lighter, brighter eyes.
This is where fluid pools around the eyes while you sleep. However it should drain during the day. Persistent swelling may result from dilated blood vessels, allergies, or a diet that promotes water retention.
Avoid heavy creams as they trap moisture. Also drink plenty of water and limit salty foods and alcohol to reduce water retention.
Make up a pot or mug of green tea, let cool then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. When you want to use, take out 1 cube and wrap in a muslin cloth, then press along the under-eye. This’ll help to cool, soothe and de-puff in one go, the green tea is loaded with antioxidants and plenty of tannins, which will shrink swelling and reduce the fluids around the eyes.
Ingredients to Look For
- Cucumber extract and witch hazel to tighten skin and absorb excess fluid
- Caffeine, cat's claw, coffee extract, grape-seed extract, tannins, or tea for mild blood-vessel constriction - Allantoin, alpha-lipoic acid, calendula, chamomile, comfrey, liquorice, milk thistle, and vitamin B to reduce swelling
-Vitamin E to rid the eye of dark circles
- Edelwiess helps to refresh and brighten the eye
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Nasal congestion widens surrounding veins; related inflammation may lead to dark pigment deposits. Stress and poor diet can weaken blood vessels, which may break, creating a bruise-like undertone. Fatigue strains eyelid muscles, engorging blood vessels, and can produce a wan complexion, making circles appear darker by contrast. For some, dark circles are genetic.
Eat foods rich in vitamin K, because it helps fortify blood-vessel walls. And use a daily topical treatment with vitamin K. Also aim for more downtime and sleep.
Only cosmetics deliver instant results. so look for a concealer that's close to your natural complexion. We've been led to believe that we should choose lighter tones, but this will actually make circles look grey. Or you could use a colour corrector underneath your concealer - depending on your skin tone choose a shade of peach to papaya (the lighter your natural colour the lighter the 'orange' shade you should choose). Alternatively you could try "plumping up" thin skin with a fast-absorbing oil like jojoba.
Ingredients to Look For
-Vitamin K or green tea (which contains vitamin K) to fortify blood vessels; vitamin A, which bolsters vitamin K activity
- Vitamin C or vitamin C-rich carrot, grape-seed, or rose-hip extracts to help strengthen and repair tissue
-Kojic acid to inhibit melanin production
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Get rid of dark circles with this delicious juice.
There are several reasons why you might get dark circles under your eyes including: smoking, genetics, medication, food allergies, dehydration, fluid retention, lack of sleep and stress.
In the short increase your water intake - to around 2 or 3 litres per day and make sure you are eating plenty of vegetables and fruit.
This juice recipe is great to help reduce those dark circles:
2 green apples
3-4 kale leaves (or spinach or chard)
1 cup parsley 1/2 lemon
Juice all the ingredients, put some ice in a glass, pour over the juice and enjoy !