Dark circles under the eyes are something we have all struggled with after a hard night out in our youth, but as we age, these dark circles seem to become a more permanent feature, and how to get rid of them is a question we are often asked.
So why do we get these dark circles and why are they so hard to get rid of?
When it comes to the eye area, remember that the skin is about two-thirds thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so it's more sensitive and, most importantly, more translucent. This means that you can see the purple/blue colour of the blood vessels through the skin. So, if your capillaries are dilated from say, alcohol, your eye area will look darker. Fatigue, excessive sun exposure and dehydration will also have an effect and make your eyes look sunken, shrunken and dark in the lower eyelid area. Of course, there is a solution to this problem that will radically improve your dark circles, brighten and enlarge the appearance of your eyes, making you look more youthful, rested and radiant overall.
Step 1. Treat your eye area with care
The contour under the eyes is extremely delicate and should be treated accordingly. When cleansing your face, avoid scrubbing the eye area. Instead, gently tap the skin with your ring finger. This way, just enough cleanser will get into the area and your skin will not be too stressed. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel when you are done.
SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser is always a good choice. Formulated for sensitive skin types, Gentle Cleanser helps to remove excess impurities and oil without drying the skin. Gentle enough to be used several times a day, this cleanser conditions, soothes, and calms the feel of skin.
Step 2. Use an eye serum or crème daily
Apply an eye cream in the morning before your serum, and then gently pat it into the eye contour. We love eye creams that contain vitamin C as they brighten the skin while stimulating collagen production. Dr. Dennis Gross' eye cream with Ferulic and Retinol is an effective blend that provides immediate results, and the addition of retinol promotes skin renewal and provides a more even texture and skin tone.
Step 3. Add a collagen supplement to your diet
The body's ability to produce collagen decreases significantly with age, and it is a key factor to plump the skin and make it more elastic. A good collagen supplement not only improves the skin's ability to retain moisture, but it can also help the skin under the eyes look thicker and therefore more even. Collagen is also good for strong bones, joints and healthy hair and nails.
We like Pure Gold Collagen, it helps to boost natural collagen, elastin and hydration levels that decline over time causing the appearance of wrinkles, dryness and loss of firmness.
Step 4. Use a regular treatment on your undereye
A good eye patch treatment can do wonders for a brighter eye area. They are specifically designed to stimulate and penetrate deep into the skin to provide nutrients, maintain collagen levels, and improve blood circulation to minimise the visibility of underlying veins. Our favourites now are Sarah Chapman Skinesis Platinum Stem Cell Eye Mask and 111Skin Sub-Zero. They have a decongestant, moisturising and brightening effect on the eye area. Used once a week, you will notice a significant improvement.
Step 5. Keep it cold
Using cold products on your eye area will improve results! Keeping your eye product in the refrigerator instantly refreshes the eye area, relieves inflammation, and reduces blood vessels under the skin. Try to keep two teaspoons in the freezer for when you need an instant lifting effect.
Skinceuticlas AOX Gel helps diminish the appearance of the signs of fatigue and is highly recommended for first wrinkles, lack of firmness and dark circles.
Step 6. Pay some attention to your lashes
Thicker eyelashes can enhance the appearance of your eyes, making them appear larger and more expressive. When you use an eyelash serum, your lashes will naturally become thicker and longer. Try Talika's Lipocils Growth Gel.