For many Americans, dark circles are an unfortunate way of life. Many suffer from them because of genetics and find that very little has any effect on those huge bags under their eyes.
But the good news is that there are a few different natural remedies you can use that could diminish the appearance of your dark circles, leaving you feeling brighter and more confident as you go about your day.
More pillows and a cold compress
RealSimple.com reports that oftentimes, dark circles are caused by vascular issues. If this is the case for you, try doubling up on pillows overnight if itï¿½s comfortable. This allows your head to remain higher, so blood is less likely to build up under your eyes while you sleep. In addition, RealSimple.com recommends applying a cold compress to your under-eye area for about five minutes in the morning, to help constrict the blood vessels and de-puff your eyes.
Protect your eyes from the sun
The sun, while most welcome after a cold and dark winter, can be damaging to your skin in a number of ways. One of the downsides of too much time in the sun is hyperpigmentation, which darkens your skin in certain areas. Allure.com explains that your under-eye skin is particularly sensitive because it is so thin; protect yours by wearing oversized sunglasses and a wide-brim hat, and staying out of the sun when it is at its strongest (typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the Sun Safety Alliance).
Change your diet
The good news continues to grow for dark chocolate lovers. Not only is the bitter treat touted as heart-healthy, but it can also help reduce dark circles thanks to its richness in flavonol, according to RealSimple.com. The publication also recommends foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and walnuts, as they can help improve blood flow to the skin and brighten your under-eye area.
Dark circles and puffy under-eyes can be a byproduct of seasonal allergies. If this is the case for you, take some precautions to help lessen the severity of your allergy symptoms. MayoClinic.org explains that pollen levels are at their highest during the morning and when itï¿½s windy, so avoid going outside during these times if possible. Additionally, you might try some natural remediesï¿½BestHealthMag.ca recommends butterbur in particular, and WebMD.com adds bimmine to that list.
Curl your eyelashes
You might not use an eyelash curler in your daily beauty routine, but if dark circles are a recurring issue for you, it might be time to add one. Allure.com explains that your eyelashes can cast a shadow on your under-eye area, making your dark circles appear even darker. Curling them not only takes care of this problem; it also helps make your eyes look wider and more awake, which detracts from your dark circles.
Remove your makeup before bed
Sleeping in your makeup can make your eyes water, which can make for puffy eyes in the morning, according to WebMD.com. Make sure you remove your makeup each night, but donï¿½t scrub; instead, use a gentle eye makeup remover and try not to apply too much pressure or rub your eyes too hard. LaurenConrad.com recommends coconut oil as a natural, skin-friendly eye makeup remover; simply rub a small amount of melted oil over your eyes and wash your face as usual.
Dark circles can be a huge confidence kicker, but with a few natural remedies you can be on your way to a brighter, more confident you.