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Monday, the 22nd of February, by Gracie Cox

5 Tips to Save Your Dark Under Eyes


If there’s one thing that bugs us all, it’s the burden of dark puffy under eyes. It can be super frustrating when you feel like you’re doing everything you can to stop looking tired but nothing is working. Even when you try to cover them with the highest of coverage concealers that still doesn’t work and you continue looking like you’ve stepped straight out of a Tim Burton movie. If you get me on this one, take a look at these 5 top tips on reducing dark circles and see if they work out for you.


#1 Get adequate sleep

This is definitely the most obvious one, but of course make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale then resulting in the dark tissues and blood vessels underneath your skin to show. This causes dark circles to become a lot more visible and puffy. The essential 8 hours a night will help reduce the darkness and make you feel better all round!


#2 Stay hydrated

Another cause of darker and more prominent eye bags is dehydration. If you aren’t drinking enough water the thin skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and can cause the look of sunken eyes. Water retention can also cause the look of puffy eyes as our body tries to hold onto the H2O we have left. If you aim for around 2 litres of water a day, you’ll keep the puffy eyes away.


#3 Keep moisturising

The skin beneath your eyes is extremely thin and delicate so it’s important to take care of it consistently. Keeping your skin supple and hydrated will give it that brighter-looking glow taking away the dullness of dark circles. Investing in an eye-cream you can wear overnight will stop dryness and gradually improve the look of your eyes all day every day!


#4 Try a cold compress

If you’re having an extra bad day why not try a cold compress. Whether this is some cold wet cotton pads or some slices of cucumber, cold compresses can help reduce swelling and shrink the dilated blood vessels that cause the darkness. It feels amazing and can help make you feel relaxed after a long day so give it a go!


#5 Elevate your head

One you may not have thought of is elevating your head while you sleep. Although this may not be the comfiest of options, sleeping with an extra pillow is a way of stopping the gathering of fluid and the look of puffy and swollen eyes. You might even find it helps you to get a better night sleep which also means goodbye panda eyes.

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