A beauty concern that impacts men and women alike, no matter their age, is the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags. Their presence can have a huge impact on the rest of our face, and confidence, as they seemingly take over and detract from an otherwise great complexion. Waking up and seeing those bags in the mirror is one of my biggest concerns; as soon as I’m dehydrated, lacking sleep or have been feeling a bit unwell, you seem to be able to see it practically instantaneously under my eyes, so I’ve become hugely invested in knowing how to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Although nothing will get rid of them entirely, and much of their root cause is based in genetics, there are some simple things you can do (and products you can use) to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags in practically an instant.
What Is Causing Under-Eye Circles And Darkness?
Unfortunately the loss of volume under the eyes is a natural effect of aging, as the skin becomes thinner and as a result the darkness is more visible; there are things you can do to reduce the appearance of fine lines that exacerbate the appearance of under-eye bags, but you’ll be unable to return to the fresh faced state you enjoyed as a teenager!
However, dark circles can also be caused by lack of sleep, allergies and water retention. Our body operates using a ‘waste disposal’ lymphatic system, which essentially removes toxins from the body using fluid; sometimes this fluid becomes trapped or blocked, lying stagnant under the eyes and causing the darkness that can greet us in the mirror. This stagnation is something you can target, helping to drain the fluid and restore a more fresh-faced complexion.
How Can I Quickly & Easily Reduce Under-Eye Circles And Darkness?
In my opinion, the best way to target and help reduce dark circles in the short term is undertaking facial massage: all you really need is your own hands and some know-how. Not only can massage help to provide a ‘natural’ face lift, increase circulation, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and relieve skin irritation, but it can also help remove impurities and toxins, curb congestion, relief tension and boost your mood. What’s not to love?
I’ve written more in-depth about facial massage here (where there are also a couple of how-to video guides to help with your technique,) but spending a few minutes tapping the under eye area and gently manipulating the skin from inside to outside will help drain away retention and boost the appearance of skin. You can also embrace the power of a double ended jade roller, or something like the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer, to gently alleviate tension and help aid the body’s natural drainage system.
Keeping it simple though, often just rehydrating yourself and drinking a few cups of water will naturally help flush away any under-eye build up and reduce the appearance of darkness. It’s amazing what some good old fashioned water will do in only a few hours!
Are There Any Products I Can Use To Help Reduce Under-Eye Circles?
Although many products claim to rid you of dark circles, few actually deliver; often you have to use them for weeks on end to see any kind of result, which isn’t much help when you want some instant relief. There are some quick pick-me-ups that deliver temporary results that alleviate darkness and puffiness, my current favourite of which is gel under eye patches. The Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches (£44.00) can be applied direct to the area of concern, helping to soothe and reduce puffiness thanks to the inclusion of Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Caffeine and Arnica; within fifteen minutes these really help to cool the area and reduce the feeling of tiredness, as well as helping boost the appearance of skin.
If you want a more affordable alternative, then Pixi’s Beauty FortifEye Firming Eye Patches (£22.00) deliver Hyaluronic Acid for an instant surge of moisture, Botanical Collagen to fortify and smooth skin, Peptides to firm and lift, and Caffeine to reduce puffiness and darkness. Once applied they stay on skin until you choose to remove them, leaving the under-eye area looking and feeling way better in the space of only a few minutes – just pop them on while you’re eating your breakfast or drying your hair.
For a more targeted result, I’m very much enjoying putting the Eyeko Eye Boost Serum (£40.00) to the test; its vibrating tube delivers a turbo-charged dose of Caffeine, Vitamin B, Hyaluronic Acid and Red Algae extract to reduce puffiness, diminish dark shadows and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines. All I need is a couple of minutes working it gently from the inner to outer corner of my eyes and the notice is visible, so much so that I’ve been reaching for it when I want to look my best. It’s pricey, but it’s effective.
A long-term favourite of mine is also the Ren Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift (£32.00), which instantly lifts and dramatically brightens the delicate eye area. While many eye creams just hydrate or help to perk up the under-eye area, this creates a tightening effect that leaves me feeling wide awake while working to deliver skincare benefits in the long-term too; a unique Glycine Betaine complex improves the eye contour, Hyaluronans from Yeast Biofermentation instantly firms, and Phycocolloids from Microalgae plump and keep skin hydrated. Sounds complicated, but all you need to know is that it helps improve the appearance of tired eyes in a jiffy. (Read my original review here!)
If you feel concerned about dark circles, are troubled by under-eye bags or feel frustrated at puffiness, then do try out some of my tips and let me know if it helps to make a difference…
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