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How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
Emily Cotton
Beauty Editor3 years ago
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If you’ve ever Googled ‘how do I get rid of dark circles under my eyes’ after a stressful week at work or a late night out with the girls, we promise you, you’re not alone. 

Visibly tired eyes are beauty woe understood far and wide. But under eye circles can be the result of more than just missing out on a few hours of beauty sleep. So, what really causes these unwanted dark and puffy circles, and how can we get rid of them for good? 

Why Do We Get Dark Circles Under Our Eyes 

No matter how much we try to look after our skin, sometimes the signs of ageing are inevitable – and that includes dark circles and fine lines under our eyes. Over time, our skin naturally loses collagen becoming thinner. And, as the skin under our eyes is already a lot thinner than anywhere else on our body, it’s likely that this area of skin will show signs of deterioration first. 

How dark the circles under our eyes appear is also down to genetics. Under eye circles tend to appear more prominent on those with fairer skin, due to the fact that when our blood pools in the capillaries under our eyes, this is more visible through lighter skin. Whilst our genetics are not something we change, there are definitely ways in which we can brighten our under eyes.


How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles 

Want to minimise the appearance of dark circles and lines under your eyes? These are our five top tips... 

  1. Get More Sleep 
  2. Eat A Balanced Diet 
  3. Use SPF 
  4. Experiment With Natural Remedies 
  5. Try Expert Products 

Get More Sleep 

Whilst not getting enough sleep doesn’t actually cause dark circles, it definitely doesn’t help them! Getting a good seven to nine hours of beauty sleep every night can do wonders for tired, puffy eyes. And, if you want to minimise the chance of fluid building up under your eyes at night, try sleeping on your back with an extra pillowso that your head is slightly elevated – apparently it helps! 

Eat A Balanced Diet 

Again, there are no food related fast fixes for under eye bags, but a healthy diet, full of anti-inflammatory fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, lean protein and healthy fats, will do wonders for your skin. And this is the case for the skin over all of your body, not just under your eyes. Consuming less wine and caffeine, and drinking plenty of water every day can also aid in brightening your skin tone! 

Use SPF 

To avoid hyperpigmentation and in turn dark circles, wearing sunscreen is a must. Whether it’s a sunny day in July or a dull day in December, exposure to the sun is all the same. Wearing SPF (or products that provide SPF) ensure you skin receives UVA and UVB protection. 

Experiment With Natural Remedies 

Applying a cold compress to your eyes morning and night can also help reduce puffiness. And these can be made easily with natural ingredients, and sometimes even household products! Cucumber is often used on the eyes in our favourite chick flicks, when a character is trying to relax and unwind, and yes, it really can work! Cucumbers have skin-lightening and mild astringent properties meaning they can help deal with panda eyes naturally. Tea bags – and especially green tea – are also a great under eye remedy. Packed full of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties, tea bags can help soothe strained capillaries under your eyes. 

Try Expert Products 

If simple solutions such as getting more sleep or eating better haven’t helped, you can always turn to expert products. Eyesential’s Under Eye Enhancer has the power to erase dark circles, puffiness and fine lines for up to 10 hours! Forming an extremely fine, almost invisible film on the surface of your skin, this miracle-working cream disguiseall imperfections. 

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Emily Cotton
Beauty Editor
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I'm someone who loves getting glammed up, but I feel like I never have enough time. Frequently running between work, the gym and seeing friends means my makeup routine is quick and often touched up on the go. Therefore, beauty products that serve as multi-purpose are perfect for me - a blush that works for cheeks and lips is a must in my makeup bag!