How to Combat and Reduce Dark, Under Eye Circles👁
Jun. 18, 2020
Uneven skin tones, puffiness, and dark circles can make anyone look older and more tired than they actually are. While sipping on an extra cup of coffee might wake you up, it will do nothing for the dark circles or the puff. Today, we are sharing how to reduce those pesky eye bags and ingredients to look out for in your skincare products.
We’ve all been there—staying up way too late binge watching a Netflix series, stressed out from a demanding job or just going through an extra anxiety inducing bout of time, (hello, global pandemic!) and it’s probably caused some under eye discoloration or puffiness. By now, you’ve probably taken to Google and searched through the countless ways on how to get rid of them. While some of the remedies may work short term, we know you want a cost-effective solution to depuff and restore.
The discoloring under your eyes is from a combination of things. Enlarged blood vessels, your skin's pigment, the thickness of your under eyes along with fluid retention in this area can all contribute to the dark purply-red, bruised appearance. While most often caused by lack of sleep, there are other occurrences that can contribute to them as well.
What Causes Under Eye Circles?
Diagnosing why you have under eye circles can be tricky. Many dermatologists blame sleeplessness, too much alcohol, dehydration, and a poor diet as leading contributors of under eye discoloration. Some suggest you may have a genetic predisposition to them. Yep, dark circles and puffiness can be inherited. You can thank mom and dad for that one! Other causes can include:
- Hay fever
- Contact dermatitis
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Consistent scratching or rubbing
- Increased sun exposure
How to Treat Under Eye Circles
Reducing the appearance of unsightly under eye circles can be achieved through a combination of treatments. This can include cosmetic procedures, healthy lifestyle changes and the use of high-quality skincare products targeted for your delicate under eye area. Dermatologists treatments like peels, lasers or fillers can all reduce the darkness, target the puffiness, and improve the hollow-like look. We recognize that cosmetic procedures like these aren’t for everyone, so if you’re looking to DIY it, we suggest incorporating under eye creams and smoothing skincare products to your beauty arsenal. For maximum lightening and brightening benefits here’s a checklist of useful ingredients to look for:
- Caffeine - when applied topically, caffeine gets to work on the top layer of your skin, constricting blood vessels, which in turn, will decrease the darkness and reduce the puff.
- Vitamin E - mixed with almond oil, this natural remedy can fight free radicals and reduce the signs of aging. Try massaging the solution into your under-eye skin overnight and rinsing with warm water in the morning.
- Hyaluronic acid - used in many procedures as a filler, you can find hyaluronic acid added into many skincare products. This ingredient hydrates and plumps, giving you a more youthful and glowing appearance.
- Aloe - a solution for a myriad of skin concerns, aloe vera works like magic to soothe dry, puffy under eyes. Use it overnight to naturally reduce discoloration and swelling.
- Dimethicone and cyclomethicone - these ingredients are emollients that fill in uneven texture and fine lines. Adding these ingredients to your daily routine will make your under eyes appear smoother and silkier.
- Retinol - when used regularly, retinol can stimulate collagen production. This can make your skin appear less thin, improve firmness, and reduce the darkness under your eyes. Look for retinol eye creams that are targeted for your delicate, under eye skin because some products can be irritating.
- Peptides - this ingredient has been shown to lighten dark spots while firming and smoothing. Peptides also have a lifting effect, perfect for tired eyes.
- Vitamin C and polyphenols - if you suffer from discoloration due rubbing or sun damage, vitamin C and polyphenols may be the answer. Products containing these beneficial ingredients have been shown to decrease skin pigmentation over time and reduce oxidative stress.
Alternative Ways to Reduce Under Eye Circles
If these under eye skin boosting ingredients aren’t cutting it, there’s a few other areas of your life you can focus on. Check out these affordable tips that work better than the cool cucumber trick:
- Sleep on your back with an extra pillow to reduce fluids from pooling around your eyes.
- If allergy related, try taking an antihistamine.
- Use a gentle makeup remover.
- Try caffeinated tea bags soaked in warm water on each eye for five minutes.
- Avoid eating excess salt, especially in processed foods.
- Stay hydrated.
- Always use SPF 30 or higher.
Incorporating these tips, tricks, and products into your skincare routine is easy, we promise! And remember, if all else fails, there is still makeup to conceal the darkness! Look for a concealer that is lightweight, combats redness and has added vitamin C. Remember to set your concealer and foundation with a translucent powder for all day staying power. What is your favorite product to reduce dark circles?
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Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
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Double Your Lash Length With Sky High Mascara!
I bought this mascara after seeing a post about it on Facebook. I love trying out new mascaras but rarely do I find one that I will use regularly like my beloved tarte - Maneater Mascara However this stuff is good. MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara It gave my lashes so much volume & length they literally doubled in size! My lashes are already pretty long to begin with but this made them look amazing. The photo is after applying only one coat so I can only imagine how good they will look after two or three coats! It also didn’t clump up my lashes at all. I applied it really quickly & lazily too because I was in a rush to get ready & I was still amazed! I honestly think this is going to be my new daily mascara. It is waterproof but not the annoying kind that leaves your eyes completely black when you go to take it off. It came off really easily with my POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream which is what I’ve always used to remove my eye makeup, since I was a kid! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
Do It All Toner 🍃🍃
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