Tips to avoid “The Dark Side” or the dreaded “oh, you look tired today” comment…. aka you look like crap because of your dark, puffy eyes!! (the worst!)
First off, figure out what’s causing the issue. Causes could be anything from lack of sleep, hereditary, lack of hydration, allergies, etc.
If it’s hereditary, your kind of up &%$#@ creek, without a paddle my friends (sorry)…but good news is you CAN disguise them.
Makeup and Eyecream
-Use a concealer in one or two shades lighter then your skin in an upside down triangle under your eyes and set it with powder. (but do be gentle, your skin under your eyes is thin and delicate. Pat, don’t rub!)
-You can also use a white eyeliner in your lower waterline. For those of you who are unaware of what that is, it is the fleshy part above your lower lashes. This will help make your eyes look larger and a little brighter. If you suffer from puffy or dark eyes, you will want to avoid making them look smaller by lining this same area with any black or dark pencil.
-You will love highlighting products if you suffer from darkness. Use a light powder or cream highlight in the inner corners of your eyes and under the brow bone. This will help you have an almost “eye lift” affect….But be careful your highlighter doesn’t contain too much sparkle. You want to look bright eyed…not like a disco queen!!
– I’ve spoken before about the importance of eye cream in anyone over the age of 25’s life and I really, REALLY mean it! Especially if you want to diminish the look of puffiness and fine lines. This will also help in the application of any of your eye makeup and just make everything look better.
Now, if your dark circles are not hereditary and caused by lack of sleep…well….you should probably get some sleep then! Easier said then done I know, but 6-8 hours of solid sleep can defiantly help diminish puffy, dark eyes.
Also regarding sleep, your actual sleep position can be causing puffiness. Try sleeping on your back with your head slightly elevated. This will help any fluids and toxins move away from head and prevent them from pooling around your eyes. Sleeping with your face pushed into your pillow is not great for aging and fine lines either…. You’re welcome stomach sleepers…you’ll thank me when you’re older!
-Do NOT go to sleep with makeup on!! Remove it with a gentle eye makeup remover. Again, do not rub harshly!
Health and Diet
This next tip may be a downer to some people…limit your smoking and alcohol consumption. Smoking depletes essential oxygen and circulation you need for your skin. Smoking is just bad in general…. Just don’t do it. Your skin, hair, nails and whole body will thank you in the future.
Here is another hard one…limit your salt intake. Salt makes you retain fluid where you don’t want it…whether that’s your waistline or under eye area 😦 …Sorry Chip lovers…
-WATER! WATER! WATER!! Drink lots of it. Dehydration is a huge culprit when it comes to dark circles and puffy eyes and really any skin aliment.
-If your body is lacking iron, this can cause you to have dark circles.. I’m anemic and you can definitely tell when my blood count is down or I haven’t been taking my supplements. If you don’t know if your iron is low, get it checked out by your doctor. Taking iron and B12 supplements has also changed my energy levels. Its really worth looking into.
-Protect your eyes! Wear your sunscreen! Wear Your sunglasses!! (but please take them off when going indoors, No one likes THAT person…)
-Use cold tea bags, cold spoons or small baby gel teething rings. Stick any of these in ice water or the freezer for a bit then rest them gently on your eyes. The coolness will help with the puffiness and make tired eyes feel much better.
-self massage with your eye cream is great for circulation under and around your eyes. Just again, make sure to be gentle!
-Get one!!! A facial with hydrating products is a great idea! It will help you relax, de-stress and treat the skin around your eyes.
So there you have it. A few tidbits of information on how to help treat and prevent dark circles!
-Nicole xo 🙂
Raccoons; the only thing to look cute with dark circles 😉