It’s no secret that dark circles under your eyes are the bane of many women. If you’re tired, stressed, or sleep deprived, you could be one of them.
If you’re tired, your body works hard to keep you alive. Your eyes are like canaries in a coal mine — they let you know how much energy you have left for the day. The best way to combat tired eyes is to get extra sleep. Sleep is when our body repairs and restores itself, so it’s no surprise that getting more rest will help fight puffy eyes. If you frequently suffer from this problem, there are a few things you can do to help combat it.
Get extra sleep
If you’re tired, your body tells you it’s time to rest. Stop fighting it! If you’re waking up with dark circles under your eyes, try taking a nap before bed or schedule an alarm on your phone that wakes you up 30-60 minutes earlier than usual. Getting more than seven hours at night can reduce under-eye bags and dark circles by as much as 50 percent! You’ll be surprised how well this works!
One of the best ways to get rid of under-eye darkness is with a facelift surgery or laser treatment at the doctor’s office or spa. These treatments remove pigment from deeper within the skin and hair follicles, allowing them to naturally fade over time without any additional treatment.
Elevate your head
This is especially important if you’re lying down at night or during the day. It’s also a good idea if you have trouble sleeping in general. Lying down on a pillow can help reduce puffiness around the eyes by reducing pressure on the eyelids and forehead. A few minutes of elevation will help shift blood flow away from the face and toward other body parts needing oxygen. For example, propping up a book between your knees can help relieve any swelling in that area and keep you from looking like a zombie for longer than necessary!
If that doesn’t work, consider buying a special pillow or even using a rolled-up towel under your head (only do this if there’s no pressure point on your neck). Try lying on one side of the bed instead of two sides so gravity can help pull blood back into your face while resting against pillows or other objects that might help elevate your head and make it easier.
Being dehydrated can cause puffiness and dark circles around the eyes due to lack of moisture in the skin cells (which leads to dryness). Drink plenty of water throughout the day so that all of your cells have access to water, which helps prevent this problem from occurring in the first place and promotes quality sleep because it keeps our bodies from overheating as we fall asleep at night. It also makes us feel refreshed upon waking up, which is key if you have trouble getting out of bed in time for work because of tired eyes.
Soak with tea bags
Tea bags are a great way to help soothe your under-eye area. They are made from natural ingredients and contain antioxidants, which can help reduce puffiness and dark circles.Take a warm cup of tea and place a bag of tea leaves in it. Leave the bag steep for about 20 minutes, remove it and gently squeeze out the excess water. Place the loose leaf tea directly under your eyes for about 10 minutes. Gently massage your closed eyes with your fingertips to help draw out any remaining impurities from under your skin. There are many different varieties of teas you can use to help reduce puffiness:
Green tea: Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that can help reduce puffiness and brighten skin tone. If you want something a little stronger than that, consider adding mint leaves or ginger root to your soaking water.
Earl grey: The antioxidant-rich bergamot oil in Earl Grey will help reduce inflammation and soothe tired eyes.
Oolong: Oolong is another popular variety of green tea that can also be used for its antioxidants. Try brewing a cup before bedtime to get the benefits of caffeine and antioxidants into your system before going to sleep!
Use eye creams
If you have puffy eyes, apply a cool compress (made with cucumber slices) over them for a few minutes every hour or so to reduce puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. You can also look for products that contain ingredients like cucumber extract, which helps reduce swelling and dark circles, and caffeine to stimulate circulation and improve elasticity. Apply the cream every morning after cleansing your face before applying any makeup, if possible.
Apply cold compresses
One way to treat dark circles and puffiness around the eyes is to use cold compresses on your face and temples at bedtime (or whenever they appear). When your eyes are puffy from allergies or a bad night’s sleep, place two ice cubes in a metal bowl and add some rosewater or witch hazel, then place one cube on each side of your face above each temple area. This will help reduce swelling and promote blood flow to the area so you can get much-needed rest!
Conceal with makeup
If you have dark circles, then you may want to try using concealer around your eyes. This is not necessary if you have dark circles and no other signs of aging on your face. However, concealing your eyes can be beneficial if you have signs of aging on your face (wrinkles or sagging) or trying to hide something like acne breakouts or scars. You should apply a concealer in two layers: one on top of the other. This will help even out any irregularities in skin tone and make it appear as though there is no difference between your skin underneath and your skin on top of it.
Eat a lot of salmon
To kickstart the production of collagen protein, which helps keep your skin firm and tight, eat foods high in protein, such as salmon or chicken breast, daily. These foods also contain vitamin C, which helps brighten skin tone and reduce puffiness around the eyes when eaten regularly.