Sure, genetics play a role sometimes, but dark under eye circles can be remedied at home with a few simple steps.
Just like we discussed in a previous post, S L E E P is so frigging important.
Whether you're dealing with heart racing stress, a few necessary all-nighters for school or work, or you're just a night owl (we get it, this season of Succession, seriously...), the constant "no sleep" situation is going to take a toll on your body and your face. If you're like so many people we talk to, we're guessing you searched online for "How do I get rid of dark circles fast" on more than one occasion. Even after spending a fortune on expensive treatments... those 'night of the living dead' shadows usually come back. Even actress and talkshow host Drew Barrymore shares how she loves natural skin but battles with puffiness and dark circles.
Truth is, puffy eyes and darkness could be inherited. The under eye area is one of the thinner areas and is easily neglected in basic skin care, and there is a really strong genetic component to dark circles, which is out of people's control according to our own Francesca Paige. Gee, thanks mom.
If You Have Dark Circles from Thin Skin, Use a Product with Retinoid.
With repeated use, retinol based products can stimulate the production of collagen, making the skin less thin and improving the dark circles. Retinoids help rebuild skin's collagen and contribute to vascular support in the area and the recovery of skin volume and firmness. Our exclusively amazing Restore is a perfect option for you.
Sleep on Your Back and Use an Extra Pillow.
If dark, puffy bags seem to be the morning problem, consider sleeping on your back with an extra pillow so that fluid doesn't pool overnight. Keeping your pillow protected from allergens (Achoo! Dust and dust mites!) with a protective encasement can also help when allergies are the culprit.
If You Have Dark Circles Because of Increased Inflammation, Use a Balancing Product and Sunscreen.
Sometimes dark circles are caused by increased pigment which can be due to increased inflammation from rubbing or from sun damage. The best treatment for this includes topical agents such as Vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy. These ingredients help decrease skin pigmentation over time, ultimately resulting in the lightening of the dark circles. FP Skin Balance AHA-BHA Exfoliant works wonders. And you must, must wear a good sunscreen. Invest in a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Be Gentle with Your Makeup Remover.
Consider your undereye area as your most sensitive skin even if you don't think you're someone who has sensitive skin. The skin under your eye is the thinnest on your body, so irritation or rubbing can cause skin inflammation. When you go through your nightly routine, take gentle strokes in a single direction with a soft cloth rather than rubbing back and forth. Cleansing oils work beautifully as well.
Sleep More. And When You Can't - Try to Get Restorative Sleep.
The easiest, full proof way to eliminate dark circles is to sleep more! That's easier said than done for almost everyone so do what you can to clock at least 7 uninterrupted hours and remember - don't drink alcohol a few hours before bedtime. You want to add our Beauty Sleep to your bedtime regimen, it's a simple, proven aid to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.