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Skin Fix: Dark Circles

Are dark circles under your eyes getting in the way of you feeling and looking your best?

Although some of us may be predisposed genetically to darker circles under our eyes (don't despair, all the tips below will help!), what's going on on the inside may have a lot to with why you might have them. Covering up can help, but to truly combat them and even remove dark circles, listen to your body and implement these few easy lifestyle changes, plus some helpful remedies, and you'll see a noticeable difference.

Here are 9 tips to minimize under eye dark circles!

1. Get more sleep

Getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night is ideal. Perhaps try sleeping with a higher elevated pillow to prevent fluid gathering around the eyes.

2. Limit too much salt or alcohol in your diet

Both of these dehydrate your skin and cause water retention, which can cause excessive puffiness around your eyes.

3. Hydrate

Drink more water. Period. It's good for your internal organs, your digestion, your skin, everything. 

4. Eat more foods with Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps with blood coagulation and circulation. Since poor circulation can increase the appearance of dark circles under eyes, consuming enough K-friendly foods (such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, green leafy vegetables, and spinach), may lighten the circles under your eyes.

5. Could it be allergies?

Allergies cause sinus congestion and can dilate blood vessels, giving the appearance of dark circles. Talk to your doctor about allergy treatments.

6. Remove your makeup before you to go sleep

Leftover makeup can irritate your eyes and also leave the appearance of darker circles which may not necessarily exist otherwise.

Solution: Makeup Removers

7. Apply a cold compress

Cold compresses constrict blood vessels reducing dark circles and puffiness. Process – 1: Soak a clean washcloth in cold water 2 – 3 minutes. Wring the cloth and apply directly to affected area.

My favorite is to boil water and place two bags of chamomile tea in the water. Take the tea bags out after they've cooled completely (pop them in the fridge for added coolness) and place them underneath your eyes for up to five minutes.

8. Moisturize/Treat

Adequate hydration can improve the tone and elasticity under the eyes making them appear brighter. Invest in a good eye cream/eye serum that has ingredients such as Chamomile, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E.

Try these: Eye Care

9. Choose the right concealer

For the undereye area, be sure to select a shade of concealer that's no more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to avoid an obvious white circle around the eye area. 

Peach shades cancel out blue circles or bruising, green hide red blemishes, and yellow-toned concealers correct almost all uneven skin tones. Hide puffy eyes with a bit of eye cream, highlighter, and concealer. Mix products on the back of your hand.

Explore: All Concealers

Nicole Barton
Co-Founder of Good Cubed, LLC. Miami, FL.

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