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How to Conceal Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Updated on October 5, 2017

Dark under eye circles are a common beauty dilemma that affects many men and women when they first wake up in the morning. Dark circles are the by-product of swollen capillaries underneath the eyes that occur for many different reasons. Knowing why they occur is the first step to finding the right treatment to conceal or camouflage them.

While there is no cure for dark circles under the eyes, there is a plethora of treatments you can use to make them appear less noticeable. To find out which treatment will work for your dark under eye circles, continue reading.

Dark Eye Circles Caused by Sinuses and Allergies-

Take some Sudafed or Claritin with some water. Sometimes dark circles are caused by variety of different types of allergens. By treating the cause of your dark circles under the eyes, you’ll be successful at banishing them or making them appear less noticeable.

Take a clean hand towel, place it in water and place it in the microwave for a minute. Test it before you place it on the face. Once it is cooled off, place it in the microwave at least one more time. This will help to open the sinuses and can also help allergy suffers because the heat helps to loosen any congestion you may have, which affects how well oxygen circulates throughout the body.

By increasing the amount of oxygen that circulates throughout the body, you’ll have a better chance at decreasing the appearance of darkness underneath the eyes.

Wear sunglasses. When you wear sunglasses, you decrease the amount of pollen and other airborne allergens that get in your eyes, which may also helps decrease the likelihood of developing dark circles under the eyes.

Dark Under Eye Circles Caused by Genetics-

If you fall into this category, you’ve probably become used to seeing dark circles every day of your life. However, that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way!

Invest in some moisturizing eye cream that has lightening properties. You can find a variety of different products like this at your local drug store. Eye lightening creams with light reflecting properties help reflect light, making your dark circles appear less visible.

You can also use a variety of cover up tricks with makeup. Find a concealer or foundation that is at least one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. Using a concealer brush or a cosmetic sponge, place a few dots of the light foundation or concealer underneath each one of your eyes. Blend in the dots of concealer or foundation using a blotting motion.

Put on your regular foundation. Take the brush or cosmetic sponge you used to apply the concealer and using an upward motion, blend in your regular foundation over the lighter concealer until the skin underneath the eyes and the skin on the rest of your face looks the same color.

Set your makeup with translucent powder. Translucent powder works great because it won’t change the color of your makeup. Make sure you use a powder brush to set your makeup. A powder puff has a tendency to pick up too much powder and can make your makeup look cakey and can settle into fine lines and wrinkles.

Dark Eye Circles Caused by Poor Circulation-

Sometimes dark under eye circles are caused by poor blood circulation. To increase blood circulation, get up and get moving when you get up in the morning.

Once you get up and moving, you may notice that your face becomes flushed, which is good. This means your improving blood circulation.

Any type of strenuous physical activity may help reduce the appearance of your dark under eye circles. You may even notice that you don’t even need to conceal or use makeup to hide them after you workout.

Dark Under Eye Circles Caused by Dehydration-

Do you feel sluggish? Have you noticed that your dark circles made a sudden appearance on your face? One of the main causes of dark under eye circles is dehydration.

When your body is dehydrated, it’s much easier for the darker colored veins underneath the eyes to be more visible through the thin skin under the eyes. Drinking more water helps to diminish them.

Since 80 percent of the water you consume comes from drinks, you’ll need to increase your consumption of water. Drink at minimum of (8) 8 oz. glasses of water a day; however, this amount may vary depending on your height and weight. According to some healthcare professionals recommend drinking half an ounce per 1 pound of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water daily.

The other 20 percent of water comes from the foods you eat. Therefore, if you cannot drink enough water to meet the recommended fluid intake of water, eat more foods that contain water. Foods that are good sources of water are fruits and veggies.

Dark Circles Under the Eyes Caused by Iron Deficiency-

If you think, you may have an iron deficiency, its best to speak with your doctor and have him run blood tests.

If he discovers you have an iron deficiency he can prescribe the appropriate medication or put you on a special diet.

Once you replenish the body with the right amount of iron, you might notice a difference in the severity of your dark circles.


Dark Circles and Under Eye Puffiness Caused by Sleep Deprivation-

Store your eye lifting cream in the refrigerator. This will keep it fresh and keep it cold, which will make it more effective when you have days when you don’t get enough shuteye.

Place two cucumber slices in the freezer for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Leave them alone and go wash your face or take a shower.

Once you’re done with your shower or done washing your face, grab the cucumber slices from the freezer and place them on your eyes.

Let the cold cucumber slices do their work. Leave them on for a few minutes. If they are too cold, take them off for a few seconds and place them back on your eyes until they are no longer cold.

Take your eye lifting cream out of the refrigerator and apply it to the skin underneath the eyes. Allow it to dry before putting on your makeup.

You can use a variety of methods to make dark under eye circles appear less visible. By following this helpful guide, you’ll be able to identify the cause of your dark under eye circles and render the correct treatment.


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