It’s fair to say that we’re all in a state of perpetual tiredness – whether it is from school or work. And unfortunately, with this tiredness come the dark circles under your eyes that just never seem to go away. If you’re looking for a way to combat this, read on how to get rid of dark circles permanently!
Causes of Dark Circles
One massive misconception about dark circles is that they are only caused due to a lack of sleep – this is not true. In fact, there are many other reasons why we find ourselves with those racoon eyes in the morning.
Sun damage – high exposure to the sun can promote melanin production, a darkening skin pigment.
Allergies and other conditions - certain allergies cause your blood vessels to widen. When this occurs underneath the eyes, it can have a darkening effect on the skin, making your under-eye circles more pronounced.
Iron deficiency – a lack of iron in the blood makes the skin under the eyes look darkened or discoloured. One can be short of iron for a variety of reasons including pregnancy, menstruation or an iron-deficient diet.
Ageing – unfortunately, this is inevitable. When we age, the collagen loss in our skin makes it less taut. This thinning effect can also increase the translucency of the skin, making it easier for the blood underneath the eyes to be visible.
Now onto the bit that you’ve been waiting for! Here are our best tips to get rid of those dark circles once and for all.
First and foremost, it is important to rest well and get a good night’s sleep. This is the most sustainable way to combat under-eye discolouration, however, because we know that this isn’t always possible, we’ve also listed a few of our favourite home remedies below.
Cucumbers – yes, this cliché actually works! When you cut a cucumber into slices and place them over the eyes, the ascorbic acid works to remove any excess water around the eyes, thereby reducing puffiness. Cucumber also contains skin lightening properties that help to brighten the skin.
Home Remedies For Dark Circles
Coconut oil – high in vitamin E and antioxidants that efficiently repair damaged skin cells, coconut oil is also anti-inflammatory, further working to get rid of those bags by reducing any swelling underneath the eyes.
If home remedies aren’t for you and would prefer to use a product instead, we’ve got just the right one for you. The Pond’s Gold Radiance Youthful Glow Day Cream contains collagen, a fibre that works to maintain skin elasticity. The Alpha Hydroxy Acids also work to remove dull skin cells, making your skin look fresher!
If you’re in a hurry and have 10 minutes before you need to rush out the door, and need to cover up those dark circles, this hack will definitely save you.
- After you’ve blended in your foundation, take a coral or orange lipstick and use an eyeshadow brush to apply it to your entire under-eye region – this works as a colour corrector.
- Apply until the darkness under your eyes is completely hidden.
- Once you’re satisfied, take your concealer and apply it over the lipstick. We recommend that you opt for a shade that is one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to really brighten up the under-eye area.
- Use a sponge or your fingers to blend in the concealer and make sure that any hint of coral is covered completely.
- With the concealer fully blended in, all you need to do is use a finishing powder for a flawless finish.
The good old potato is full of nutrients and bleaching properties. It nourishes under-eye area and lightens dark circles in no time. Cut thin slices of potato and keep it on your eyes for 15 minutes or grate half a potato and squeeze juice out of it. Dip cotton pads the juice and keep that on your eyes twice a day for 15 minutes.
Tomato juice and lemon
Lemon and tomato both are rich sources of Vitamin C and possess brightening and tightening properties. Applying a mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice not only helps get rid of dark circles but also puffiness, saggy skin and fine lines. Add juice of half lemon in one cup of tomato juice and leave it on your eye area for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Sweet almond oil
Almond oil is an age-old remedy to remove dark circles and get even-toned and glowing complexion. Packed with vitamin E, vitamin K and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it helps sooth skin around eyes and fades away the pigmentation. Massage almond oil around eyes gently every night to get rid of dark circles and puffiness.