An easy guide to dealing with dark circles

Dark circles have maintained their spot as a top-beauty concern for many of us over the years. If the hailed 8-hour sleep isn’t enough to make those under-eye bags vanish, don’t worry – you’re not the only one fighting what seems like a pointless battle. Whilst dark circles are hereditary (sorry!), there are a few tweaks you can do to your routine to fight the genes and reveal a less tired-looking eye area.

Get those ZZZs
A good night’s sleep is, of course, the starting point, so ensuring you maximize its quality is the best place to start. Often a result of a poor lymphatic circulation (that’s where the puffiness begins), experts advise to sleep on your back rather than face down to avoid any congestion that leads to fluid build-up. Investing in a silk pillow case also does wonders for your complexion; as opposed to other fabrics, silk is much smoother, which means any friction caused from tossing and turning in your sleep won’t be as harsh on the skin. This prevents skin ageing, which is a pesky dark-circle inducer.

A change in lifestyle
Drinking plenty of water is the answer to many skincare concerns, as it helps flush out the toxins in your system and plumps up the skin. You can try to up the H2O by investing in a marked water bottle and attempting to replace coffee with herbal teas. Reducing alcohol intake is also helpful when trying to banish dark circles – alcohol dehydrates your skin and compromises the quality of your sleep, making it a key complexion enemy.
Stress levels also massively contribute to the appearance of dark circles. When you are stressed, the capillaries around your eyes can break, causing the appearance of purple tones and dark hues. Whilst we know it is hard to keep all Zen with everything going on in the world, reducing your news intake and even looking into mediation are great ways to start.
Finally, reducing your screen time is also something you should take into consideration. The blue light emitted by your devices substantially ages the skin and contributes to the disruption of your skin cycle. When spending more time at home, it’s easy to get carried away and gaze at screens for longer than usual, but try to break this cycle – your skin will thank you.

Skin saviours
Investing in the right skincare products for your under-eye area is key to diminishing darkness and puffiness. Eye creams are amazing to hydrate the delicate area, whilst serums can help tackle any signs of ageing. Look out for plumping ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin for that ultimate hydration. For a quick fix, eye patches and masks deliver instant hydration and have a cooling effect that helps you look less tired. When applying products around the eye, try to only go around the orbital bone; going in with any potent formulas too close to the lash line can lead to irritation and compromise the results.

A touch (or plenty) of concealer
The concealer market is constantly expanding, with many brands adding product variations to cater to our tired eyes. And with so many choices out there, cheating our way into a rested face seems like a no-brainer. If you want natural-looking, crease-free results, experts advise opting for peachy tones blended towards your inner corner – they help counteract those blue and purple hues without you having to use lots of product. For a seamless application, pat a small amount (the size of a grain of rice) of eye cream around the area, right before packing on your concealer: this ensures your concealer looks fresh, keeping the results natural. Add a dust of setting powder (preferably loose – it looks more natural) and Voila! Wave goodbye to tired eyes.

By Maria Bita