Keeping up with a stressful job, a moderately decent social life as well as all the newly-launched Netflix shows (because missing those is not an option), can lead to a ‘no-sleep’ situation. And a no-sleep situation has a direct impact on our skin (read: dark circles and under-eye bags). And oh how we hate them!

If you have ever Googled ‘how to get rid of dark circles’, then this article is for you. We know that you’ve tried a thousand treatments to get rid of those pesky dark circles and would probably try a million more, but getting rid of them seems almost impossible. Before you lose hope and give up altogether, allow us to help. Below are some sure-shot ways to minimise the appearance of dark circles that won't cost you an arm or a leg. P.S. They go way beyond putting cucumber slices on your eyes...

Try using a retinol treatment
 

Try using a retinol treatment

Retinol is known not only for its impressive anti-ageing abilities, but also for treating dark circles. Using a retinol-based eye serum before bed stabilises melanocytes - the dark pigment-forming cells in the skin that contribute to dark circles. This not just prevents hyperpigmentation but also thickens the dermis, improves texture, smooths lines and wrinkles and hides purple skin tone.

Use caffeine
 

Use caffeine

Caffeine doesn’t just help you feel more awake, but also look more awake. Using a caffeine-based eye cream or serum constricts the blood vessels under your eyes, leading to a reduction in puffiness. This boosts hydration in the area, making the skin look plump and dark circles less noticeable.

Include vitamins
 

Include vitamins

If you want to reduce the appearance of dark circles and give your skin a healthy appearance, it is important to have a skincare regimen that’s rich in vitamins. A serum that is rich in vitamin C is perfect to get rid of dark circles. The powerful antioxidant protection that vitamin C offers is what helps to fight free-radicals that can result in hyper-pigmentation.

Sleep on your back
 

Sleep on your back

If you are someone who wakes up with dark, puffy eyes each morning, then the problem could be with the position in which you’re sleeping. Try sleeping on your back and add an extra pillow. This will ensure that the fluid doesn't pool under your eyes overnight. The next morning, your eyes will appear less swollen and dark circles and puffy eyes will reduce over due time.

Be gentle with your makeup remover
 

Be gentle with your makeup remover

The area around your eyes is extremely sensitive and delicate, which is why you need to treat it with a gentle hand. The under-eye skin is the thinnest on the body, so any trauma or irritation can cause skin inflammation. Use gentle cotton pads that won’t damage your under-eye skin and remember to keep the strokes in a single direction rather than rubbing back and forth.

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