Either they just happened to pop up overnight, or they managed to settle underneath your eyes over time, inherited or well earned, dark circles are an intruder hard to get rid of.
As time passes we grow wiser as well as older. With age can also come transformations of the body, and as we become less active or less careful about what it is we eat or how much we sleep each night, wrinkles and dark circles start to appear. These changes in appearance are consequences of your skin constantly modifying its structure.
Not paying enough attention to your daily lifestyle can have devastating effects on your appearance. In general, not getting enough sleep is primarily why dark circles appear. We’re not talking necessarily about non-stop partying or working long evening hours (although, surely, these can’t be good for your health either), but rather about finding out the correct amount of time your body needs in order to function at full capacity. Try making a sleep schedule that involves between 7 and 9 hours of rest each night, and see if you feel better after following it for two weeks.
Another reason why your dark circles might be more visible now than before is lack of vitamins: either try to enrich your dietary habits by eating more greens or find help in the cosmetic industry, just make sure to use what’s right for you.
Some skincare products activate the lymphatic and blood microcirculation, preventing or treating the apparition of bags under your eyes. While certain creams have depigmentation properties and focus mainly on providing your face with the vitamin C deficiency it was struggling with, (like Lancome’s “Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl. Eye Illuminating Youth Activator”), others contain enough vitamin K, (such as Shisheido’s “Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream”), which reduces the purple shading around your eyes.
If you’re more into the DIY concept, you can easily choose from a variety of tips and tricks, according to your necessity:
- After you’ve had tea (black or green), store the teabags in the fridge for a couple of minutes, then place them on your eyes; it decongests and calms swollen eyelids. You can also use cucumber slices or raw potato for the same result.
- Lemon juice partially bleaches the dark circles, but watch out as it also makes your skin a lot drier. Make sure to hydrate the area after usage.
- Drink a glass of tomato juice with mint and lemon zest on a daily basis. It will provide you with a complex of vitamins that your body might need.
- Drinking a lot of water is never a bad piece of advice when it comes to your body. In this case, however, make sure you don’t drink too much just before going to bed; you may retain water and wake up with puffy eyes in the morning. Try relaxing (and exercising!) in order to have a goodnight’s rest.
- Use a frozen spoon. This is probably the easiest “pick-me-up” trick in this situation. Leave the spoon for 15min in the freezer then place it on your eyes until it becomes warm.
In the end, the “trick” to looking good lies in paying more attention to the way you treat your body, as beauty must come from inside and blossom towards the outside.