Your eyes do make or break your look. Your under eye dark circles must bother you more now since Valentine’s Day, the time of the year when all the ladies put in extra effort to look stunning, is only a few days away.
Worry not. There are a number of tips and tricks that you can try to fade those unsightly dark, deep spots in time to impress your V-day date.
Quick Fixes to Enliven Tired-Looking Eyes
- Try Some Readily Available Home Remedies – Reach for a lemon and egg. Juice the lemon, add beaten egg, and apply on your dark circles. Vitamin C or iron deficiency may be causing your eye bags to be stubborn. Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C, the egg yolk is rich in iron and the egg white helps tighten the skin. Keep it on as a facial mask for about 15 minutes then rinse your face with water. Don’t forget to moisturize.
- Apply an Eye Cream or Serum – The sooner you can start this regimen, the more visible results will be by V-day. Don’t reach for just about any eye cream; go for the ones with active ingredients like peptides and hydroquinone which help keep eye skin ultra-hydrated. In your case, choose an eye cream that has swelling effects. Look for an eye cream that contains hyaluronic acid to help lift depressed areas on skin around your eyes. Make sure your eye cream contains anti-aging ingredients like retinoids if improving* the appearance of wrinkles or crow’s feet is desired but use retinoid-containing eye cream only at night.
- Use Makeup for Instant Fixes and Cover Ups – Use the appropriate make up and in the proper order for best effects.
Camouflaging with Make Up
You may be consistently putting on your make up but, are you sure you’re doing it right? With so many eye makeup products available in the market today, it’s simply not easy to figure out which one to use and how to use them. Follow the five simple steps below to be date ready in no time.
- Step 1: Cleanse Your Face and Exfoliate Regularly – Make sure your canvass is clean and free of dirt so that all the products you are about to apply will be easily absorbed by your skin. Exfoliate gently at least twice a week to remove* dead skin and allow new, younger skin to grow in its place.
- Step 2: Tone – Toning further cleanses your skin and tightens your pores. Choose an organic non-alcohol-based toner for the best results.
- Step 3: Apply Your Eye Serum – Remember, your daytime eye cream must contain sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Never put on your moisturizer, concealer, or foundation first before applying your eye cream. Eye creams and serums are often water-based while moisturizers, concealers, and foundations are oil-based. Note that oil and water do not mix and so oil on skin not allow water to pass through it.
- Step 4: Use a BB or CC Cream – BB or Blemish Balm creams are lighter on the skin compared to regular foundations or combinations of concealer sticks and foundations or face powder. CC or Color Corrector creams succeed BB creams. CC creams are generally lighter than BB creams and therefore are especially good for oily skin.
- Step 5: Apply Concealer, Foundation or Powder, and Lift Your Eyes – Apply concealer on your dark circles if you’re using BB or CC cream still does not completely hide your skin imperfections, the same goes for your foundation. Use liquid eyeliner to lift the corner of your eyes. Top the liquid eyeliner with a pencil liner to make the line last longer. Whenever you need to put on eye shadow, choose lighter colors. Darker colors generally make you look older.
Surgery should be the least of your considerations, and unless the dark under eye circles bother you so much, do not even consider getting one at all. All medical procedures pose a certain degree of risk, and that’s not something you may want to take.
Persistent under eye dark circles may also be a sign of medical illness. Dark circles and eye bags are caused by poor fluid and blood circulation which may be caused by heart diseases or high blood pressure. See your doctor immediately if the under eye dark circles have been hanging there for a while.