Beauty dilemma: How do I get rid of my dark circles?
Published 21/05/2010 | 14:45
I've started a new job which is quite stressful. Over the past few months, I've noticed dark circles under my eyes. I've had them in the past and they tend to come and go. I'm quite healthy and look after myself, so I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do. I've been told getting rid of them is tricky, but is it possible to conceal them?
Common belief has it that the dreaded dark patches are caused by late nights and stress, but the truth is that those dark circles of yours are probably genetic. As the skin around the eyes breaks down haemoglobin, it may leave what appear to be bruises and since the tissue is more delicate around the eye, those dark patches are more visible.
Frankly, the circles are probably in your genes but if the patches have become more pronounced of late that may be because your skin is a bit rundown and a touch lighter than usual, making the contrast more pronounced. Start by calming the skin under your eyes with some cucumber, cold tea-bags or maybe a roll-on such as Clinique's All About Eyes Serum. Once the puffiness of a few late nights has died down, a couple of changes in your routine might help to hide those dreaded panda eyes.
Depending on your skin tone, there are a few off-the-shelf options available, such as Anti-dark Circles by Garnier which contains caffeine to soothe the eyes and has a built in mineral concealer to reduce the appearance of dark circles. However, if your skin tone is changeable due to your lifestyle, the match may be hit and miss when it comes to skin tone.
Two products that may be worth investing some time in are Tea Eye Gel and Cover All Mix Concealer, both by Make-Up-Store. The gel is applied throughout the day and comes with witch hazel, which should help soothe and protect, and chamomile to calm and moisturise. Once your eyes and skin calm down a little, the concealer can be lightened and darkened depending on your skin tone and contains a mix of yellow, peach and beige which will go some way toward hiding the circles and evening out any blemishes.
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