Dark circles make you look tired and unhealthy. They can drag you down every time you look in the mirror. While they have many causes, those dark circles always appear noticeable, at least to you. With a few simple treatments and tricks, you can reduce and cover the circles.
Even if you already have dark circles, you can help clear them up and prevent them from becoming worse. Some causes of darkening under the eye include lack of sleep, dehydration, caffeine and alcohol consumption, smoking, dry skin, age and sun damage. Make an effort to get more rest. In an overworked, overstressed and over stimulated society, this can prove challenging. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Limit your use of caffeine, especially in the evenings. Always apply sun block to exposed skin, even if you plan to wear makeup.
Check for underlying conditions that can cause dark circles, such as anemia and allergies. A high-quality nighttime moisturizer may help improve the skin under your eyes. Look for one with antioxidants and vitamins that hydrates. Vitamin K and alpha hydroxy acid help lighten the skin. Sleep with your head elevated to reduce fluid accumulation. Try a few home remedies to decrease inflammation, such as cucumber slices or cool tea bags placed over the eyes. If nothing seems to improve the circles, you may want to consult a dermatologist.
While you attempt to prevent and reduce dark circles, some makeup tips can help to hide the condition. Use a matte concealer with yellow tones, to avoid creasing and counter the purplish color. Choose a color that lightens the area without making it look lighter than your skin tone. Apply the concealer with a makeup brush, using small dabs as you work from the inner corner out. Use your finger to blend the concealer gently by tapping. Don’t rub the skin under your eye or you might make the circles worse. Use an all-over face powder to blend and cover the concealer. Another trick to make your eyes appear more awake is to use light-colored shadows on the lid.
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