If you’d ask me, living the millennial dream is to manage a full-time job, your mental health, make time for friends and family, work on your goals, get enough sleep, squeeze in a workout and to not have baggy under eyes. When you read that line you know that most of it can be achieved, but baggy under eyes? Whoever has the remedy for that? Forget dabbing potato juice and green tea bags to de-puff and reduce dark circles under your eyes. What we have here are some real A-level tips that will help you bid farewell to those panda eyes forever!
Why do you have dark circles?
Disclaimer: Your parents screeching at you to sleep early at night might have to do something with this.
Ageing: As you age, skin loses its ability to keep itself plump and tight. The loss of collagen and fat under the eyes further makes the skin thinner, exposing the dark blood cells just below. Which is why, dark circles, hollow eyes, and sunken eyes are a common problem as you start ageing.
Hereditary: There are few things in life that we cannot control, hereditary being one. If your parents or grandparents had dark circles, then there is a solid chance that it has been passed on to you. Genetics can prompt the visibility of purple and blue hues from the veins.
Stress & lack of sleep: Eyes are the quickest way to tell about a person’s health. If you’ve been rationing your sleep, or if there is a sudden major shift in your life and you’re under stress, then your dark circles tell the story.
Sun & screen time: The more your skin is exposed to sun, the faster it can break down collagen in your skin – ONLY if you’re not applying enough sunscreen. Loss of collagen accentuates the dark circles and makes the under eye skin loose. On the other hand, unregulated screen time can cause eye strain, and rubbing your eyes only adds to the problem.
Dehydration: When you’re dehydrated, your skin is the first one to take the hit. Make sure to drink enough water, as well as drench your skin in moisture as well. Otherwise, the skin will just dry up like a raisin and dark circles will be louder and clear than ever.
4 ways to reduce and treat dark circles
1. Look for hydrating ingredients
Whether you have dark circles or not, an eye cream is a must. This is because it is both a prevention and a cure. When you apply bouts of moisturizing and nourishing ingredients to your delicate under eye area then it’s safe to say that your pesky dark hollows do not stand a chance. Ingredients like cica, hyaluronic acid, lotus root, Korean ginseng, glycerin should be on your radar. These keep the under-eye area hydrated, reduce the appearance of existing dark circles and also reduce fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness.
2. Fillers can help severe cases
One might become overly skeptical when it comes to going under the needle. But, cosmetic treatments when done by the right hands can make a world of a difference. Fillers are almost like magic wands that can create a comfortable cushioning between skin and the blood vessels to hide dark circles. Although temporary, the results are quite immediate. This treatment can be opted by people whose dark circles have been persistent and severe.
3. Opt for a brightening under eye cream
If you lightly pinch your under eye area, and if that skin goes back to its original skin colour, then that means that the pigments in that area have darkened. In this case, your skin does not need hydration, but brightening agents. Vitamin C, caffeine, kojic acid, are all excellent brightening agents that can help perk up tired skin and brighten your under eye area.
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4. DIY, because why not
There is no denying that common kitchen ingredients can also whip up a lot of magic! First the first DIY remedy, take 1 tsp of almond oil and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Mix well and then massage it to your under eye area. Let it stay for 10 minutes and then rinse off. Almond oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and K that lighten dark circles and lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. For remedy #2, take 2 tbsp of raw milk and rose water. Soak a cotton pad in this concoction and cover your eyes with it for 20 minutes. Then rise off with cold water. Both these ingredients are great for tired eyes, and will immediately make them appear refreshed and bright.
When a wise man said nothing is permanent in life, we’re sure he was talking about dark circles. Try these remedies and get dark-circle-free under eyes, guaranteed!