As one of the top Google searches, it seems that “under eye circles” are a major concern for many people.
Yet, most people who have these dark circles rely on concealers to hide them, rather than addressing the root of the problem.
First, what are they exactly? Dark eye circles are basically blood vessels around the eye contour area that show through as a result of thinning skin.
It’s why they become more common and visible as people age, since the skin loses its density as people get older. Another major factor is lack of sleep, because inadequate rest can lead to poor circulation, which is why skin may look dull and undereye area appear shadowy. And, just like many other skincare concerns, the circle can be due to allergies or just because some people are genetically predisposed to dark under eyes.
Genetics aside, there are a host of solutions when it comes to getting rid of dark eye circles. Here are the top 5 ways to reduce their appearance.
Hands up if you spend almost every night in bed scrolling through your Instagram feed till you fall asleep. Or perhaps you wake up in the middle of the night frequently to find that your TV is still on. If you’re guilty of the above, you’re probably not sleeping well even if you get your eight hours nightly, which means you are not giving your body time to recuperate – you have read enough about how our skin regenerates while we sleep as well.
A sleep mask like this Morgan Lane Lacey Lids Embellished Silk-Satin Eye Mask, about $160, will help block visible light for more restful sleep. Not only does it shield your eyes from glaring lights, it feels super soft and smooth on your skin and doesn’t snag at your hair.
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Since poor circulation is one of the major factors that result in dark eye circles, it is essential that you re-look at ways you can target this. Beyond performing nightly massages to improve micro-circulation on the face and around the eyes, these efforts can be rendered futile if you’re a heavy smoker. Known to constrict your blood vessels, harmful chemicals in cigarettes can contribute to poor blood circulation by reducing blood flow around your body. And as a result, the blood vessels around your eye contours can appear darker.
Another major cause of dark eye circles is the thinning of the skin around your eyes. And what better way to combat this than to protect your eyes from external sources of damage like UV?
Using a sunscreen daily not only protects your skin from UVB rays that can cause pigmentation, it also helps fend off UVA rays that snip away at collagen fibres in our skin which eventually leads to a loss of skin density and firmness. Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37, $48, has a lightweight texture that is rapidly absorbed into skin. More than providing UV protection, it also packs anti-ageing ingredients to keep skin supple and smooth. Plus, makeup goes on smoothly over, which is great for hectic mornings when you’re always in a rush.
Available at Sephora
If the skin around your eye area is already showing signs of laxity, strengthen the area by using an eye cream that helps rebuild collagen.
Splurge on the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream, $560. Harnessing the benefits of Caviar Extract, this sumptuous cream deeply replenishes skin with essential nutrients for accelerated regeneration and long-lasting hydration. Upon application, it forms a 3-D protein network over the skin to firm, lift and tighten while the brand’s exclusive Cellular Complex optimises cell metabolism.
Available at Tangs
Look no further than It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer, $42 for some instant gratification when it comes to covering your dark eye circles. As its name suggests, it packs colour-correcting pigments to counter dark eye circles, has light-reflecting pigments to illuminate the area, as well as anti-ageing ingredients to help care of the delicate eye contour area.
Formulated with a peachy undertone, this range of concealers are perfect for countering the grey-ish cast of dark eye circles. Moreover, they are packed with pigments and offer full coverage so a tiny bit goes a long way. It also contains hydrolysed collagen, niacin, hyaluronic acid, brighteners and a host of vitamins to fight against wrinkles, sagging and shadows for an instantly wide-awake look.
Available at Sephora
By Joyce Cheo / Additional Reporting: Sandhya Mahadevan, November 2018
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