The next time someone says the dreaded words, “You look tired” to you, we suggest you show them this feature! Dark circles, unless they’ve actually arisen from a serious lack of sleep, are pretty much a genetic issue. In fact, studies have shown that people of South Asia very commonly develop dark circles around their eyes due to the high level of melanin in their skin. Which means, *drumroll* genetically-disposed shadowing and increased pigmentation can never be completely cured. Unless you are running to the clinics for expensive laser and needling treatments - which come with their own set of side effects. However, that does not mean that you can, or should, just give up. There are ways to deal with dark circles in a wholesome way and make them more manageable. Here are a few simple tips:

 

01. Use a retinoid

01. Use a retinoid

One of the major reasons for dark circles is the overtime thinning of the skin in the under-eye area. That’s why it’s a good idea to use retinol-infused products to stimulate collagen production, which further helps in keeping the area firm and volumized. An increase in dermal collagen levels is also associated with boosting barrier protection against external aggressors.

BB picks: Pond’s Age Miracle Eye Cream

 

02. Improve your sleeping habits

02. Improve your sleeping habits

If you notice increased puffiness and shadowing in the morning, chances are your sleep habits are to blame as well. Sleep on your back and use an extra pillow to avoid fluid from pooling in your eye area. Try and get at least 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep. Avoiding alcohol and putting your phone aside before going to bed will help you snooze better.

 

03. Include brightening ingredients in your skincare routine

03. Include brightening ingredients in your skincare routine

Brightening ingredients - like vitamin C, niacinamide, kojic acid, liquorice extracts, and others - help deal with hyperpigmentation in the skin. Adding these ingredients, in the form of serums, lotions, moisturizers and eye creams, can help deal with discoloration in the under-eye area in the long run.

BB picks: Dermalogica Biolumin-C Vitamin C Serum

 

04. Massage in a treatment at night

04. Massage in a treatment at night

There is a reason why your nighttime skincare routine always consists of so many active ingredients - it is because your body is in repair mode while you sleep and thus can make much better progress in treating skin issues. Gently massage in a hydrating, nighttime treatment under your eyes before you go to bed. A built-in massaging tool, like the ones that comes with the Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Night Revival Eye Cream , will help you control the action and be more gentle on the area.

 

05. A bit of caffeine and SPF never hurt anybody!

05. A bit of caffeine and SPF never hurt anybody!

This one is more of a life lesson than an eye one - daily use of SPF will significantly lower the amount of pigmentation you have on different parts of your face. And caffeine infused eye creams can help depuff the area and fortify the skin. So, if you don’t already have these staples in your regime, we suggest you add them right away!