If you’re like me, you realize you might look like a raccoon with dark creases under your eyes. It can make you seem tired then you really are, but you’re not tired at all. For me, I realize my dark circles come from genetics, so I was born with steeper creases under my eyes. For others, dark circles can be caused by sleep deprivation, stress, allergies, or lifestyle choices such as excessive drinking and smoking. After thorough research, I discovered methods to reduce some of the dark circles, and make your skin appear more resilient.
First, let me say, there are no “natural remedies” to completely wipe out dark circles. You can decide to go for non-invasive procedures to lift some of it off, but that depends on the severity of your dark circles. There are options to reduce dark circles but it doesn’t treat or prevent it.
Let’s start with how you can develop dark circles over time. Under your eyes, there are thousands of thin blood vessels surround them. When you rub them with your hands or with a harsh substance, the blood vessels can become bruised or inflamed. It’s important to not irritate those blood vessels, and treat your skin with a soft touch.
Try cold compression. A cold compress can reduce some of the swelling and shrink the blood vessels. You can take a cold washcloth and apply it on your face. Don’t place something icy cold directly on your skin, the purpose is to distribute the temperature evenly under the eyes.
Sleep more. Simply put, catching more sleep can greatly reduce the appearance of dark circles. It can also reduce your stress level which can affect the complexion of your skin. Always allow yourself to get a full 8 hours of sleep a day.
Apply tea bags. Tea bags contain antioxidants that work wonders on the skin by stimulating blood circulation. Before applying, soak the tea bags in hot water for five minutes. Let them cool for 20 minutes and apply them over your eyes for another 20 minutes. After removing, rinse your eyes with cool water.
Conceal with makeup. A good foundation and concealer can help hide those dark circles. Just make sure it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction that might worsen the symptom. Ask your dermatologist if you want to find the right product that compliments your skin type.