You would think it’s summer and I’ll have more time to catch up on sleep, but it’s just not happening. I stay late at night and then feel sleepy during the day. As a result, my under-eye circles are darker than ever. I don’t worry too much about it though as I follow some tips and tricks that help me to look more alive when I’m underslept and tired. In case you are dealing with the same problem, here comes my list of 5 best practices to get rid of dark under-eye circles.
1. Chamomile Ice
I’m not the biggest fan of using anything cold on my skin, but the ice trick really works for my under eye circles. Usually, I freeze a special batch of chamomile ice for the problem area as it helps to reduce swelling and help with puffy eyes. Basically, I just add some chamomile tea into the ice freezing form and wait until it’s set. Then, I’ll use one chamomile tea cube in the morning before washing my face.
2. Oxygen Eye Cream
While all of the do-it-yourself tips are great and really help to fix the problem fast, without proper skincare regimen all these recipes are useless. In my humble opinion, you could cover yourself in green tea bags and rice paper masks, but if you don’t use a good eye cream, you’ll never see the results. Recently I’ve been using and loving the VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream which is designed to fight the around eye wrinkles and help with the under-eye circles. Featuring the extracts of evening primrose, avocado, and elderberry, this eye cream features a very gentle super absorbing formula that is a perfect overnight treat for the sensitive around eye area.The cream comes with a cute vegan leather bag and a half-moon shaped applicator which makes this dark circles fighting cream even more luxurious.
3. Green Tea Bags
Ever since I was a kid, all the Russian do-it-yourself magazines were talking about the benefits of using green tea for the under-eye area. And it was not until recently when I finally decided to give this tip a go. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and tannins that help to lighten the dark circles. It also contains caffeine that helps to reduce puffiness by shrinking the blood vessels. You don’t need any specific type of green tea to make this trick work — just reuse tea bags from your morning’s cup of tea and place it under your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
If you don’t have time for any of the tricks and products that I mentioned before, use a good high-end concealer to camouflage the problem area. My current favorite everyday concealer is Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Super Natural Concealer. It’s one of the most lightweight and full coverage products that blurs any discolorations and provides a flawless finish whether you are using it in a combination with a foundation or on its own. Usually I prefer “baking” my under eye area while my dark under-eye circles are getting out of control, but this product is pigmented enough to work on its own. Just set it with a translucent powder and you are ready to go!
5. Rice Paper Under Eye Mask
For centuries, rice (and particularly rice paper) has been used as one of the most effective products to brighten up and moisturize your skin. Rice is also an important “beauty product” in Russian natural skin care too as it’s known for it’s under eye brightening properties. This affordable sheet mask recipe in one of the best examples of how to incorporate rice into your beauty regime.
Directions: In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together ½ cup almond milk and 3 drops of sweet almond oil. Microwave a mixture for about 20 seconds. Cut rice paper into quarters and place each piece of rice paper in a warm almond milk for one minute (don’t put them together so they do not stick to one another). Apply each piece of rice paper under each eye area and let the mask work for 15 minutes.
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There you have it: 5 tips on how to get rid of dark under eye circles. I wonder if you already use any of these tips? Please share your thoughts on what’s helping you to fight the under eye circles in the comments area below!