How to reduce dark circles
To reduce your dark circles, it can help to look first at your lifestyle. You don’t have to do a complete overhaul to see your shadows disappear. Just a few simple changes can help very dark under eyes lighten up a little. There are many dark under eyes causes, and investigating your diet is a good place to start.
Can rubbing your eyes cause dark circles? Well, if you do it enough, then yes. If you suffer from annoying seasonal allergies, you might find yourself rubbing your peepers often. Unfortunately, the more you rub, the more likely you are to cause the blood vessels around the eyes to split and leak blood. If this happens, you might notice some dark circles show up.
To help soothe irritated skin, you could try introducing a good face mask or two into your weekly skincare routine. Encouraging you to sit down and get off your feet for a moment, we’ve rounded up the best innisfree masks for you to explore. All are made with skin-nourishing, natural ingredients. This Korean brand will help you and your skin wind down after a full day of ‘busy’.
Instead of loading up on sugary foods and pumping your system full of heavy carbohydrates, choose an anti-inflammatory diet with healthy fats, green veggies, and fresh fruits. As sad as we are to suggest it (SO sad), knocking out that third cup of coffee and that second glass of red before bed might also help reduce dark circles.
Still wondering why circles under eyes crop up? Well, just to be clear, it’s not always about the amount of sleep you have. Sometimes, it’s to do with the quality of sleep you get. Sleep hygiene is a pretty big deal. As easy as it is to scroll (and scroll, and then scroll some more) before bed, electronic blue light can actually disturb your night of slumber. To help reduce the amount of blue light your eyes fixate on, you could set your phone and laptop to night mode all day. This could encourage a more natural sleep cycle, so you and your skin wake up a little more refreshed.
Managed to put the phone down before 9 p.m.? That deserves a treat! Check out the best under eye masks we've collated for you to soothe your skin before you sleep.
What can I use for dark circles around my eyes?
Luckily, dark circles are pretty common, and skincare scientists have come up with some great solutions to help ease the look of the shadows. An eye cream or serum with Vitamin C will help brighten up the area under the eye. Caffeine is a good ingredient to look for too. And Peptides can help tighten slack skin tissue.
If you have different under eye circles and your complexion in general could do with a boost, you could pick up a Retinol-based product. Working to plump up drained skin, boost collagen levels, and improve your skin’s texture, a good Retinol cream could be your answer to smoother-looking skin. It’s also a great way to target those shady dark shadows. Fancy trying Retinol but don’t know where to start? We’ve pulled together the best Retinol face creams for you to explore and try.
If you’re struggling with discolouration and you want to help shoo the dark shadows away, we’ve found a few products that’ll help your skin get back on track.