“You look tired.”
Those are the three little words every woman dreads hearing. While it may be due to the unmistakably disheveled look and hunched over posture of actual exhaustion, more often than not, it means those dark, puffy, impossible-to-conceal under eye circles have returned. Whether they’re caused by genetics, allergies, age or pure exhaustion, these bags represent just another one of the seemingly never-ending battles against the effects of nature on our skin. If you’re currently amidst one of these struggles, you’ll be happy to know we’ve compiled a few of the simplest solutions.
Firstly, if your under eye circles have come on suddenly and worsen quickly, you may want to see a doctor. While the formation of bags under your eyes are usually due to something as simple as thin skin or lost sleep, they can also be a symptom of a kidney infection or other health concern that requires medical treatment. If you think this may be the case, it is best to seek a professional diagnosis. However, if your recurring bags are not of the health-threatening sort, read on.
One thing worth noting is that people with fair skin often experience dark circles due to vascular issues. When blood pools up under the eyes, it’s going to be much more noticeable on someone with lighter skin that someone with an olive, honey-colored or brown complexion. To help reduce the darkness, consider under eye creams with grape seed oil which will help to reinforce capillary walls, or facial creams with anti-inflammatory properties.
If your circles are due to seasonal allergies, a simple antihistamine may the answer. Luckily, many antihistamines are available over-the-counter for under $10 at your local Bay Area drugstore.
Some women have found that anti-aging creams designed to help build collagen, such as those including retinol, are extremely effective in diminishing the appearance of dark circles and loose skin. However, for those on a budget, these proactive approaches may be too costly. Instead try applying a cold compress mask after waking up and finish with a simple concealer.
Finally, do your very best to get a good night’s sleep. This solution will not only reduce the appearance of circles under your eyes but it will improve your ability to focus, increase energy, aid in weight loss and assist in fostering an all-around healthier lifestyle.