It has often been said that the eyes are the window to the souls, but it’s really hard to get people to look you in the eye when you have dark circles or puffiness serving as a distraction.
Puffy eyes and dark circles can be tricky to take care of, but if you have them, then it’s a safe bet that you want them to be gone.
With that in mind, here some tips that will show you how to get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffiness.
If you suffer from dark circles under your eyes or shadows or puffiness under the eyes then be assured this is something that does happen to all of us at some stage and is quite common as you get older.
Aging does many things to the body and these eye problems are one of them. There are some great products available that can help to reduce these signs of aging and they are much cheaper than going for the surgery option.
One of the natural moves that you can make to reduce circles, shadows and puffiness under the eyes is to add Vitamins A, C, and E to your diet and reduce your consumption of sodium. You also need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep every night.
Surgery and injectable fillers should only be used as a last resort. While these procedures are relatively safe, there is always the chance of side effects.
Also, they can be expensive and most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures. There are several natural methods for circles, bags, and puffiness, so try those first.
Then we move on to the longer term fixes such as injectable wrinkle fillers.
The eyes can develop an indentation as a result of puffiness and the filler is injected around the puffy area to remove that indentation.
Botox is another product that is commonly used to smooth out all those fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
All of these fillers give the effect of the skin appearing smoother and younger. Filler methods last for around nine months at which time you will need to have the procedure repeated. These procedures can cost several thousand dollars each time.
Now, let’s look for some other cheaper and doable options to resolve this dilemma.
Many of us suffer from dark eyes in the morning, sometimes referred to as ‘raccoon eyes’.
Dark eyes will make a person look tired, older and they may even look a little like they are taking drugs.
Unfortunately, some people have dark eyes more than others even when they are getting adequate sleep so they may look for alternative methods to remove those dark circles.
There is an old wives’ tale floating around that says you can treat eye puffiness with hemorrhoid cream (such as Preparation H).
The theory is that this will shrink the tissues causing bags or puffiness, and seems to make sense.
However, it does not work, and can cause damage to your eyes, so do not try it under any circumstances. But as you will see, there are things that do work.
One of the easiest things you can do is reduce your salt intake. Too much sodium leads to retaining water, and this can add to the puffiness under your eyes.
Also, be sure that you are getting an adequate amount of vitamins A, C and E as these are vital to having healthy skin.
Getting plenty of sleep is also a vital part of how to get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffiness.
Products that include Vitamin K are great to stimulate blood flow which will help to repair any broken capillary walls around the eyes.
Also try products that include Vitamin A, C, and E as these increase the antioxidant protectors and get rid of free radicals.
Hesperidins strengthen the capillaries which will reduce blood pooling and it also helps to improve micro-circulation in the eye area.
Peptide technology will help to promote collagen synthesis that will help to make the skin firmer around the eye.
Konica acid in products can help to lighten the area of skin around the eyes that has become discolored.
Concealers are great for camouflaging the darkness around the eye, particularly peach or salmon colored.
Use a nylon concealer brush to add a layer of concealer in the creases below the eyes and this can reduce puffiness. It is best to buy a good quality concealer to get the best results.
Here are solutions for under eye dark circles:
1. Avoiding use of bleach or peels to make the dark circles around eyes light.
2.Treat the cause of illness mentioned above.
3.Sleep for sufficiently long hours to prevent the formation of dark circles under eyes.
4.Do not scratch the under eye skin.
5.Diet rich in nutrients helps to remove dark circles around eyes.
6.Lightly tap the under eye skin with one or two fingers to increase the blood circulation.
There are some great home remedies that many people swear by for removing darkness and puffiness.
Home remedies for these eye problems include placing fresh sliced cucumbers or tea bags on the affected area.
These work better in some people than others, but at the very least they will be soothing, so they are worth a try.
Another method used back in Grandma’s days was Preparation H but please stay away from this one as it can cause eye damage.
If the home remedies don’t work, then you can look for products at the store.
Check the list of ingredients for things like horse chestnut, aloe, ivy, caffeine, tea, cucumber, and licorice.
Horse chestnut is an ingredient that you should keep an eye out when looking for eye products as this ingredient promotes micro-circulation and helps to reduce the dark circles.
Aloe is another great substance that soothes and hydrates the eyes and skin.
Ivy will help to decongest and to eliminate excess water so will help to reduce puffiness around the eyes.
Caffeine can help to reduce swelling.
White or green teas are both great substances for soothing inflammation and redness.
Cucumber also reduces inflammation and licorice can soothe irritation and reduce puffiness as well.
Keep thin cold cucumber slices on eyes when your eyes are too tired.
Grate cucumber and squeeze fresh juice out of gratings. Dip two cotton balls in it and keep these cotton balls on eyes. This relaxes eyes and relieves tiredness of eyes. This is considered as the best remedy for under eye dark circles.
The above process has been found to be effective when done using some potatoes.
Apply a paste of lemon juice, tomato puree, orange lentil flour and turmeric powder (if you are not allergic to it) on under eye dark circles. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off.
Drink plenty of water (more than 15 glasses)
Eat fresh fruits, green vegetables which are rich in fiber.
Sleep well at least for 7 to 8 hours daily.
Reduce stress levels by practicing yoga and meditation. Pranayama reduces dark circles and increases glow of the skin.
Avoid sweets and chocolates.
Dip two cotton balls in rose water and place them on your eyes, covering dark circles.
EYE PUFFINESS ERASER Recipe
You will need:
2 tsp. grated raw potato (no skin)
1 tsp. moisturizer (without urea)
You have to:
Mix well, and then apply around the eyes.
Cover with cool, damp cotton or gauze for 10 to 15 minutes.
The main thing to remember is that there are ways of how to get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffiness.
No more will you have to worry about people looking at you funny.
Try the above methods and see for yourself what a difference they make in your appearance. Not only will you look better, but you will feel a whole lot better too.