How to get rid of dark circles under your eyes

So you want to get rid of your dark circles under your eyes? Perhaps the question you should be asking is how do you MINIMIZE the appearance of dark circles under you eyes….

First the causes of dark circles under your eyes:

Makuep and hairstyling by Jennifer Lee Johnson

Makuep and hairstyling by Jennifer Lee Johnson

  • Heredity… thanks family!
  • Allergies and the environment
  • Age (the skin thins and causes the blood vessels to be more visible).
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Excessive melanin (pigment found in the skin).
  • Lifestyle (late nights drinking and partying, etc).

Now what to do about it:

  • Sleep – this is the most effective method for dark circles under your eyes. Especially if your dark circles are related to your lifestyle. Sleep gives your cells a chance to heal over night.
  • Exercise – exercise will pump oxygen in your blood and increase circulation. The extra oxygen helps to minimize dark circles.
  • Black tea – the caffeine and tannic acid constrict the blood vessels to minimize dark veins peeking through the thin skin under the eyes. Be aware that dry skin will absorb some of the pigment in the tea bag so be sure to moisturize prior to application. Use cold tea bags for a few minutes each day. You can also supplement with green tea bags.
  • Cold spoons – chill a few spoons in the refrigerator and apply them to the under eye circles. This is a great trick to use for those early calls on film sets. Especially if the talent did not get enough sleep.
  • Cold cucumbers – cucumbers are a natural astringent found in many beauty products (think witch hazel). This coupled with the cool temperature will constrict blood vessels and shrink puffy tissue.
  • Sunscreen – wearing sunscreen will help prevent the premature aging (thinning) of the skin.
  • Vitamins – Vitamin
  • Under eye cream with vitamin K – Vitamin K encourages the blood to clot and encourages vascular health.
  • Water – water will flush out the toxins in your body that can cause dark circles (ie allergies, alcohol, etc).
  • Eye masks – Most masks contain vitamin C and K. Together these vitamins inhibit the production of melanin.
  • Makeup

Since this is a beauty blog let’s expand on the topic of how to use makeup to get rid of dark circles under your eyes:

  • Concealer – use an under eye concealer directly on the areas that are dark.
    • Usually concealers that are flesh colored tend to be heavily pigmented and should be built up in sheer layers until you get the coverage you desire.
    • If you want to go the extra step, put a sheer layer of corrector underneath the concealer. The best corrector will be the opposite hue of the pigment in your under eye circles.
      • A fair person will usually have a red-violet pigment that they want to cover up. A corrector in green will cancel out the red-violet very well.
      • A dark skinned person will have purple/blue undertones in their under eye circles. The best corrector will have yellow/orange undertones.
    • The darker or lighter the flesh, the darker or lighter the corrector should be.
  • Blush – blush will help bring the eye around the face and “distract” the viewer from focusing on the dark circles under the eye. Blush also aids in the appearance of healthy skin.
  • Brighteners – these are concealers that contain mica which causes light to reflect from the surface of the skin. One of the major principles in makeup is that light brings forward and dark recedes. A brightener changes the “appearance” of the skin to be less sunken or sallow.

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