Tips for reducing under eye circles

Dark circles under your eyes can cause you to look far older and more tired than is desirable. And who wants that? Eliminate under eye circles with these simple tips.

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Defend

As with many things, the best offence is a solid defence. Rather than constantly trying to hide or undo the problem, consider ways in which you can avoid it altogether. Giving your body what it needs to thrive can have positive effects both inside and out. WebMD reveals that dehydration can contibute to under eye circles so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Excessive alcohol consumption also doesn’t help in that deparment so try to cut back when possible. Smoking and exposure to UV rays can also lead to premature aging and sagging so eliminating habits such as smoking or tanning could help you out.

Natural remedies

Although there isn’t necessarily any hard evidence to support that home remedies are effective in eliminating under eye circles, there are people that have fond some methods to be effective, so it certainly doesn’t hurt to try. Placing a cool compress on your eyes could relieve stress around the eye. Consider placing wet tea bags or slices of cucumber in the freezer for a few minutes, and then place them on your eyes for a period of time.

Creams

When home remedies don’t seem to be doing the trick, consider investing in an eye cream. An article at The New York Times explains that it is unclear how effective many eye creams are, but for your best bet consider their tip that ones containing a plumping agent or alphahydroxy acids can thicken the skin while those with vitamin C and K, can inflame the skin and add volume. Creams focused on eye care tend to be on the pricey side, so make sure you look into all possible options before settling on one. Stop by a few makeup counters, and talk to the beauticians. Many will be more than willing to offer you a free sample, and that can make your decision far easier.

Conceal

When all else fails, relying on a good concealer is your best option. Concealer isn’t just for blemishes; it can also do wonders for evening out your skin tone and helping your dark under eye circles blend in with the rest of your face. Apply as needed, making sure to blend thoroughly so you don’t end up creating the opposite effect and having overly bright circles around your eyes. Bring it all together with an even coat of foundation, and then proceed with the rest of your makeup routine. When those circles just refuse to go away, hiding them is a perfectly acceptable option!

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