It’s impossible to avoid getting those dark circles under our eyes which can be caused by anything from lack of sleep, to stress, to our age. We see them when we look in the mirror and so does everyone else. It’s hard not to cringe when someone makes that obvious statement, “wow, you look really tired today.” We already know how tired we probably look, and it’s even embarrassing to have someone else point it out. Skin around the eyes is sensitive, and it’s more susceptible to wear and tear from scrubbing, pulling, rubbing, loading on makeup, and other free radicals. The downside to this is that it shows. Lucky for us, there are products on the market that can help soften those features and things we can do to return to a healthier look that will have us looking bright-eyed.
First, you should try and get as much sleep as you can. When your body is tired – it shows. No matter how much sleep you get, sometimes you still wake up with dark circles and can’t figure out why. When you sleep, sometimes the blood vessels in your eyes expand, which causes the puffiness and dark circles you see. If you think this might be why you’re waking up with this unsightly problem, modify your sleeping position. Double up on some pillows and snooze with your head slightly. In the morning when you wake up, if you see that your eyes are still a little dark and puffy, use a cold compress for a few minutes to constrict blood vessels and reduce the look.
Lead A Healthy Lifestyle
Like anything, our body reacts to the certain foods that we eat. In order to look healthy, we need to eat healthy. A bad diet will lead to unhealthy looking skin because your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs. A good diet can play into the problem you have with puffy eyes and dark circles. Make sure that you are getting enough Vitamin C, E, K and folic acid. Stock your fridge and kitchen with food like fruits, vegetables, avocado, whole grains, beef, cheese and more. It goes without saying that not only should you be eating well, but you need to make sure you’re well hydrated as well. When you’re dehydrated, blood vessels swell, giving you those dark circles. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
Looking for an at-home DIY stress reliever for eyes? There are plenty of natural items you can use to make a little pampering sesh for the eyes. You can use cucumber slices, cotton ball soaked with potato juice, cool tea bags and a few other items that are packed with natural ingredients that are good for the skin around your eyes.
Quick Makeup Tricks
If you are going to use makeup, make sure you apply it in a way that won’t draw more bad attention to dark circles. Start by priming your face first so that makeup application goes on smoother and will stay in place. Once your makeup primer is on apply foundation or a tinted moisturizer, making sure to get all the skin under your eyelids. Then use a concealer on circles over the foundation. Buy one that is designed to lighten and brighten (anything that has to do with illumination). These concealers will brighten eyes in all the right places so that dark circles aren’t as obvious and so you don’t have to cake on the makeup, which will be obvious. With a few lifestyle changes and using makeup and products the right way, you won’t have to be afraid of what people are thinking when they talk to you because puffy eyes and dark circles will be a problem of yesterday.