If you suffer from dark circles under the eyes, you need to determine the cause to work towards a solution. Your dark circles may be caused by your lifestyle–such as a late night of partying or a night with a sleepless baby–or simply by genetics. Look to home or medical remedies to get rid of dark circles.
When you need a quick fix, reach for a concealer to cover up the damage. Start by applying an eye brightener–the white color will neutralize the blue of the circles. You can then apply your foundation as you normally would. When applying the brightener, don’t smooth it out with your finger. Instead, pat it on.
Eye creams work to moisturize the area, which can help prevent dark circles in some women. Look for creams that have special additives that can specifically work on the dark circles. For example, products that contain caffeine could restrict the blood vessels, making dark circles less visible. Those containing vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E and retinol can also reduce circles.
If your dark circles are a result of not getting enough sleep or drinking too much caffeine, cooling them down can reduce the circles. The traditional solution for this is to cut some slices of cucumbers and lay them over your eyes. However, you can also use a cooling eye mask or a cold wet wash cloth.
If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your dark circles may be caused by sun exposure. The skin around the eyes is thin, so it’s easily affected by the sun. Always wear sunscreen when you go outside–even in the winter. The easiest way to do this is to use a daytime moisturizer that includes sunscreen. You can also wear large sunglasses that fully cover your eyes, protecting them from exposure.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution and don’t mind a long recovery time, you can try laser resurfacing of the skin. In this technique, a doctor will use a laser under the layers of skin, which reduces dark circles. It will take about a week to recover from this surgery. This procedure should be done by a doctor.
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