5 Steps to Banishing Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
1. Hit the sheets with time to spare
Whether it’s due to insomnia or simply staying up late, not getting enough sleep can cause dark circles to become more prominent.
“A lack of sleep causes the blood vessels around the eyes to dilate and create a dark tint beneath the skin,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Fatigue also leads to puffiness and swelling, which draws more attention to these dark circles.”
2. Trick the eye with a brightening eye cream
After cleansing in the morning, use your ring finger to apply a brightening eye cream, which will help diminish the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends LovelySkin LUXE Brightening Eye Cream because its self-adaptive optical technology diffuses light to give your skin a soft, youthful glow. Other key ingredients include horse chestnut extract to minimize the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, Persian silk tree extract to help fight the signs of fatigue and hyaluronic acid to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Don’t skip the sunscreen
“Skipping this important step in your skin care routine can cause dark circles to become worse,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “The delicate skin around the eye area is especially sensitive to sun damage, as well as skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure also makes your body produce more melanin, which gives you darker circles.”
It’s important to protect this area the same way you would protect the rest of your skin—with a broad spectrum sunscreen.
“To avoid sensitivity and irritation, make sure the formula you’re applying is gentle enough for the eye area,” he adds.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s top pick for sun protection around the delicate eye area is SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50.
“This eye sunscreen is filled with ceramides to help nourish the skin and create a smooth base for your next step: makeup application,” he says.
Wearing sunglasses whenever you’re outside will also help protect your eyes and the surrounding skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
4. Break up with your makeup
Each night, it’s important to remove your makeup completely. While you sleep, your skin works through a natural repair process, diminishing dark circles and other signs of aging. By removing your eye makeup, you’re allowing your skin to breathe and rejuvenate itself.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends choosing a gentle makeup remover that’s designed for use around the delicate eye area like Klorane Floral Lotion Eye Makeup Remover with Soothing Cornflower. Another tip: try to avoid tugging and pulling at the delicate skin as you remove your makeup. This will only accentuate dark circles.
5. Make sure it’s not allergies
Did you know dark circles and under-eye puffiness can get worse during allergy season? If you think allergens are contributing to your dark circles, talk to your physician about taking an antihistamine. They can suggest both over-the-counter and prescription options that could help diminish these symptoms during allergy season.
For more tips on how to eliminate dark circles, read the entire article on SELF.com.
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