Follow these tips to get those stubborn under eye circles to look bright, even, and healthy!
The darkness under your eyes can actually be divided into a few different categories, but today we'll be discussing the two primary kinds and their remedies.
There is the blueish shade, which is caused by a stressful lifestyle, lack of sleep, allergies, and a stuffy nose, and there is the brownish shade (usually more common in people with medium to darker skin tones), which is caused by aging and the thinning of the skin around the eye area. This thinning of the skin causes the blood vessels underneath to become more visible, thus contributing to the darker shade. Sun damage and genetics can also cause pigmentation, further heightening the intensity of the darkness.
If you've lost all hope on trying to get rid of your under eye circles, don't give up just yet! Try the following remedies and see if they work for you.
If you have the blueish shade of under eye circles, you'll want to:
- Make sure you get enough sleep every night
- Avoid applying too much pressure on your eyes when you sleep (i.e. via eye masks that are too tight)
- Remove contact lenses and makeup before going to bed
- Avoid looking at your phone too closely before going to bed, as this can cause stress to your eyes
- Avoid rubbing your eyes. The skin under your eyes is thin and delicate, so you want to treat it as gently as possible. Instead of roughly rubbing it, try lightly massaging or tapping the area around your eye
If you have the brownish shade of under eye circles, you'll want to:
- Always apply SPF under the eyes and reapply every 3-4 hours
- Avoid using a sunscreen that dries your skin out
- Use a cream that contains Vitamin C to brighten and protect the delicate skin around your eyes
Additional Tips and Information
- Other potential causes for shadow circles under the eye are weight loss, aging, and your face's natural bone structure (that naturally forms a deep valley between your eyes and cheekbones)
- If you apply makeup, avoid using a heavy concealer, as it can dry out the area even more. Instead, use a lighter concealer or a color corrector