7 Ways To Reduce And Even Get Rid of Dark Circles and Bags Under Your Eyes
In order of effectiveness, here’s how to banish those unsightly lines and marks that make you look as though you’ve not slept in a week:
The Land of Nod
Yes, sleep! Lack of it isn't the cause of every dark and drowsy eye, but lots of quality, natural sleep should be your first port of call when you're trying to look your best.
Although fruit doesn’t directly ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse’ your system (contrary to popular opinion), the vitamin C in fruit, as well as other vitamins and minerals, helps your body maintain itself and keep your immune system and all your organs working properly, so that your liver and kidneys can do their job of neutralising and expelling things like alcohol and other toxic substances. Dark circles under your eyes can be a sign that your liver is working sluggishly, so avoid any unnecessary toxins, and have a big fruit smoothie every day.
Drink Green and White Tea
High quality loose-leaf varieties from reputable suppliers is best to make sure you get the most recent harvest of young leaves and buds. Green and white tea has been shown by researchers to contain high amounts of antioxidants – the same class of stuff that makes fruit so good for you – and white tea especially has been proven to help keep your skin youthful. The delicate skin around the eyes is prone to showing the effects of aging more obviously than other areas, so getting more antioxidants (which slow the effects of aging) will help keep your eyes looking young and bright.
Cooling Roll-On Gels For Eyes
These are tiny tubes with little metal balls, that you run over and around your eyelids and eyes. They contain a lovely silky liquid that cools the skin and reduces puffiness. They’re not a miracle-cure, but I’ve found that they do work to get rid of morning puffiness, and in hot or dry weather they feel marvellous.
Tea Bags, Cucumber or Potato Slices
These are time-honoured home remedies for reducing undereye circles and bags, and they work in much the same way as the eye roll-ons above to cool the skin around the eyes. To try them out, just place over each eye a cold, used teabag, or a slice of cucumber or potato, lie back in your bed or sofa, and relax.
They may have extra advantages over the roll-ons in that they're rumoured to be able to rehydrate the skin a little, and possibly gently draw out toxins that contribute to other blemishes like wrinkles. Not as convenient as the eye roll-ons for use in the office or on a night out, though!
If your eyes are very sensitive, these can make the problem worse - or at least draw attention to it - since they can make your eyes red and watery, and quite itchy. If you do like to use lotions and potions, go to a good advisor for one of the top brands in a department store, and get their advice – and ask can you try dabbing a bit on to make sure your eyes aren’t sensitive to the cream they suggest. Don’t use the cream on the lid of your eye or on the skin too close to it, but just around the orbital bone, or it can really make your eyes sting, no matter how hypoallergenic it is.
Foundation and concealer can do a lot to hide dark circles and bags, but they’ll still be a bit visible, and make up will do nothing to get rid of them. If you use kohl pencil, mascara and eye shadow for a more dramatic look, this can take the attention away from any blemishes you have, including dark circles and bags, and certainly if you only occasionally suffer from these after a few too many late nights it’s definitely one to try.