5 hacks for getting rid of dark circles

5 hacks for getting rid of dark circles

5 hacks for getting rid of dark circles. Didn’t get a decent amount of sleep last night? Stayed out later than you should have and now have the puffy eyes to prove it? We’ve all been there.

Dark circles are a result of swollen blood vessels..Unfortunately, heredity, age and diet can make it worse and lead to dark circles, making you look older than you are. But hope is not lost! Here are some hacks to help you tackle those pesky under-eye circles.

Age-old remedies

Do they work? Short answer is yes. Frozen tea bags, cold spoons and cucumbers placed on the eyes are a quick fix for dark circles. They work by cooling the skin and tightening blood vessels in the eye area. This will instantly reduce inflammation and puffiness. The caffeine and antioxidants in tea and the vitamin C in cucumbers help brighten the under-eye and reduce discolouration.

Eye cream

If you don’t already, start using eye creams. The skin under your eyes is delicate and thin. When blood builds up in those vessels, dark circles are more noticeable. Eye creams will help moisturise the skin. Ingredients such as caffeine combat puffiness while collagen and retinol help maintain the skin’s firmness.

5 hacks for getting rid of dark circles

Avoid salty foods and excess alcohol

Excess salt leads to eater retention and thus puffiness. Alcohol widens blood vessels making eyes puffier and circles darker. Remember to drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated, which will improve circulation. And eat your green as they are loaded with essential vitamins like K which helps to reduce build up under eyes.

The power of oil

Almond oil and coconut oil are nourishing and perfect for delicate skin. Both oils are said to be natural lightening agents, helping to reduce dark circles over time. Try dabbing a little bit of oil under your eyes at night as part of your skincare routine.

When all else fails…

Try colour correcting. Opt for an orange concealer for darker skin tones and a yellow concealer for lighter tones. Top it off with a light-diffusing concealer that best matches your skin tone. Colour correctors will counter the bluish tint of under-eye circles. Specks in highlighted concealers reflect light for brighter looking eyes.

This concealer from NARS works for normal, dry, combination and oily skin types. It’s free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates.

How to protect your eye area

Avoid Hot Water

Hot water can dry out your skin and interfere with its overall health. Avoiding hot water will help you to not irritate your delicate under-eye area.


Sleep is crucial when it comes to keeping your eyes healthy. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night to look well rested and allow the skin to repair itself. Your sleeping position can affect your eyes. If you sleep on your side or stomach, you may accumulate fluid which can may your eyes look puffy. Try to sleep on your back.

No Smoking

Or if you do smoke, try to stop or reduce the amount. Smoking slows down circulation and affects blood vessels under the eyes.

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5 hacks for getting rid of dark circles

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