There is always a few questions that I get asked on a weekly (or should I say daily) basis. One of those questions is always about dark circles. How do you get rid of them?
I will be honest and say it all depends on the reason you have them in the first place.
IF THEY ARE GENETIC
This is basically if either or both of your parents have them, there's a good chance you will too. Also, if the skin around the eyes is naturally very fine, then the capillaries and veins can just be seen through the skin.
IS IT ACTUALLY A DARK CIRCLE?
Sometimes it's not always a dark circle but in fact a dark shadow. Depending on how your eyes 'sit' on your face - if they are deep set for example, this can give an illusion that you have dark circles when in fact they are just shadows from the brow bone.
This is always the biggest one that we all hear right? Drink more water and they go. Well yes, perhaps? I would say if your diet is high in sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol, this can have an impact on your eyes. Also, if you have a lack of sleep it can cause puffiness and also make your eyes and skin look sallow.
SO HOW DO I FIX THEM?
HAVE A GO AT CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE
Get more sleep, cut out the processed foods, drink more water, take your probiotics, cut down your caffeine, exercise more. I'm sure you know by now how to treat your body well. Just nurture yourself a bit more.
SORT OUT YOUR SKINCARE
I will be honest and say I have never seen an eye cream in all my years that eradicates dark circles for good. However, if your skin is dry and dehydrated due to skincare products, then this will have a huge impact on how your eyes look.
Avoid the usual 'nasties' such as harsh scrubs, face wipes and face washes as these can dry and irritate the delicate skin around the eyes.
Also, makeup primers around the eyes can dry the skin and make fine lines and wrinkles appear worse than what they are.
This is my favourite eye cream to use. It can help hydrate the eye area and plump out fine lines. It may also help to strengthen the skin if it is very thin to make the darkness appear lighter.
A GREAT CONCEALER
Possibly the best and most effective method I can recommend. No, it doesn't get rid of them, but it hides them pretty well! There are many on the market and I would say sometimes it's a case of trial and error. One of my fav's is the Nars Creamy Concealer. I also love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Concealer too as it really helps to cover dark circles.
Ok, so those of you who know me and my philosophy know that I'm not a huge fan of fillers and botox. Not that I don't think it has its place, because it does. However, that is a whole other topic that I'm not really getting into right now! One of the only procedures that I've seen have an impact on dark circles is tear trough fillers. I will be honest and say that I would personally not recommend it. There can be a lot of risk associated with them (it's your eyes for goodness sakes!) and sometimes they can actually make you look a little weird. On saying that, if you really, really, really, hate your dark circles.... this could be something to have a look into - no pun intended!
So I hope that you found this useful. Your best friend is always your concealer I would say for dark circles.
Thanks so much for reading,