I am fighting a constant battle against my dark under eye circles. It seems like no matter what I do, there is always a bluish tint under my eyes. As a result, I’ve become addicted to my under eye concealer (I never leave the house without it). I decided to try and break my addiction by finding natural ways to reduce the darkness under my eyes.
First, it’s important to understand what causes dark circles. Blueish under eye circles are caused when blood pools under your eyes. The skin under your eyes is very thin and transparent, making it easy to see the blood vessels. Here are a few of my favorite natural methods for combating dark circles:
Green tea bags: Place brewed green tea bags on your eyes of a couple of minutes (make sure they are cool first!) to help reduce puffiness and tighten the skin around the eyes. This is my favorite trick for refreshing tired eyes because the caffeine in green tea shrinks blood vessels. The tannins in tea also help tighten the skin around the eyes. Plus, green tea has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties so this trick is super relaxing.
Sleep on your back: Sleeping on your stomach or side can encourage the collection of fluid beneath your eyes at night, causing dark circles and puffiness. Trying sleeping on your back and use extra pillows to prop up your head. This will prevent fluid from collecting under your eyes.
Cucumbers: Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants that reduce irritation. The trick is to use cucumbers that are chilled. Apply the cold cucumbers over your eyes for up to five minutes. The cooling effects of evaporation helps reduce swelling.
Drink more water: This is the easiest hack for getting rid of under eye circles. Water helps flush out toxins from your system. This reduces the amount of salt concentrated around the eye area. Need help remembering to drink more water? Try using this super cute app.
Cold Milk: Soak cotton pads in cold milk and place them on your eyes. The lactic acid in milk help soften and moisturize skin. Milk also contains protein, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants that strengthen the skin and heal damaged skin (learn more here).
Take off all your makeup: This seems simple enough, but often times makeup wipes don’t completely remove your mascara, so you wake up with mascara residue under your eyes. I recommend using a makeup cleansing oil to completely breakdown all of your makeup. The MAC Cleansing Oil ($31) removes makeup like champ and makes your skin feel extra soft.
And if all else fails, you can always try color correcting. Check out our easy guide to color correcting here.
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