Treatment and how to hide or lighten them with make-up
June 21, 2010 – If you have this disadvantage “born with dark under eye circles,” or have now reached the ripe “old” age of thirty where all sorts of issues seem to appear, you are likely wondering how best to get rid of them. There are two general ways to do this – by prevention, or by topical application.
Dark under eye circles are mainly a genetic issue and certainly unavoidable if this is the case. If it is not genetic, the other causes would be lack of sleep or dehydration. The skin under your eyes is very thin, with a membrane that runs between a fatty layer and the outer layer of skin we see. When you are dehydrated, this is where it first shows. Too much alcohol, sugar or caffeine causes dehydration, while the puffiness could be caused by stress. So basically, a slight change in lifestyle CAN help lighten your dark under eye circles – I say that’s a great starting point!
While the results are limited, there are actually some natural home remedies that you can use to help get rid of these dark under eye circles. You’ve increased your sleep time and are getting those eight glasses of water, but nothing doing? Try laying cucumber slices over your eyes – because they are more than 90% composed of water, they have a hydrating effect that will help with the darkness and puffiness.
If this doesn’t entirely eliminate them, or you want to increase your chances of looking bright eyed, make-up is your next step! There are many brands and options out there, some more beneficial than others. Look for a good quality eye cream that contains natural ingredients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin K, or avocado oil. This eye cream will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and act as a base for your concealer which will also be easier to apply as well as keep it from caking.
Concealer is the only direction to turn when using a make-up product to hide your dark under eye circles. Chamomile has for a long time been known as a natural skin remedy, and some concealers contain this, to help cure while camouflaging. You must find the right shade for your skin and the correct tone to counteract the darkness. Choosing a concealer that is too light will leave you with that bizarre grey or whiteness under the eyes. The preferred shade of concealer should generally be a shade lighter than our foundation.
So there you have it! Brighten up those dark under eye circles and bring out your fresh face, even after that late night out!
Have a great week, from SuzieBeauty!