6 Clever Ways To Target Your Dark Circles

6 Clever Ways To Target Your Dark Circles

If catching up on your beauty sleep isn’t doing the trick, there could be other factors causing that extra baggage under your eyes.

Look like you haven’t slept for a week? You’re not alone. All women worry about their skin, with dark circles under their eyes being one of the main concerns alongside acne.

According to the experts at Olay, “Dark circles can be a result of visible blood vessels just below the thin skin under the eyes, or shadowing from sunken areas around the eyes caused by the breakdown of collagen and elastin as we age.” Despite them being difficult to prevent, there are some simple steps that can help minimize the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

1. Cut down on the coffee

While a lack of sleep can contribute to dark circles under the eyes, it is rarely the sole cause. Instead, take a closer look at your overall lifestyle and consider making some healthy tweaks. An easy treatment for dark circles under the eyes could be to reduce your intake of certain foods. Drinking too much coffee and alcohol, or eating excessive salt, dehydrates the body, which results in thinner skin and can exacerbate the appearance of dark blood vessels. As with most beauty ailments, increasing your water intake can have a positive impact on the health and appearance of your skin, so swap wine for water to restore plumpness and vitality. Smoking can also be a contributory factor, as it restricts blood flow to the skin.

2. Change your moisturizer

Hydration is the secret to beautiful looking skin, and this should come from inside and out. Don’t use a standard face moisturizer around the eyes, instead, choose a specialist eye moisturizer that offers deep nourishment and hydration – especially one with vitamin B3 and Provitamin B5, which have been shown to improve water retention in the upper layers of the skin. A deficiency in B vitamins can cause dry and itchy skin, however, creams containing B vitamins can help prevent the visible signs of ageing.

3. Put your hands down

It is never a good idea to prod and poke your skin as it can speed up ageing and spread germs, but it is particularly harmful when it comes to the delicate eye area. Rubbing the eyes when tired and stressed can cause damage to the skin surface, even creating microscopic tears, which contribute to skin darkening. Also, be careful when removing your eye make-up – a vigorous cleansing routine may cause unintentional damage. Choose Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser. Its gentle exfoliating micro-beads cleanse to reveal more luminous skin.

4. Stock up on salmon and sweet potatoes

As we age, the body naturally produces less skin plumping collagen, leading to thin skin and wrinkles. Collagen deficiency around the eyes creates a hollow look and makes the under-eye capillaries more visible as the skin becomes increasingly transparent. A simple home remedy for dark circles under your eyes, is to change your diet to include more anti-aging foods that promote collagen production, such as oily fish like salmon and mackerel, both rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to help build stronger cells. Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale also boost depleted collagen supplies and help prevent damage from free radicals, as does anything high in vitamin A, such as carrots and sweet potatoes.

5. Embrace the cold

Dark circles and puffiness go hand in hand. So to prevent inflammation around the eyes, first check that puffy, itchy eyes are not the result of an allergy. Have an allergy test and speak to your doctor about antihistamines that may help prevent irritation. Adding an extra pillow to your bed at night will stop the blood pooling around your eyes in the morning, then lay a cold compress over them for five minutes, or cold tea bags that have been soaked in green tea and left to cool in the fridge overnight. Heat and steam make your eyes puffy, whereas the cold will help to constrict the blood vessels.

6. Stretch it out

Stress shows on the body, particularly the skin. Taking time to quiet the mind and find calm can have an amazing beneficial effect on the healthy appearance of your skin. Try taking up yoga and practicing a short, daily meditation and see if letting in a little zen will help ease that tired appearance.

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