Who gets enough sleep these days? I know as a mom of 2 (3 if you count my husband) and a small business owner, I barely get 6 hours a night. In fact, my dream vacation would be to be locked in a black out room for 2 days to sleep, with pizza and wine delivered of course. Some of us notice under eye circles in our teenage years, while others are just seeing the side effects of choices made in our younger years.
But here's the ugly truth, like many skin conditions, under eye circles are largely hereditary. So, despite your best efforts, you may still experience some discoloration. Today I will focus on improving the health of your skin with these tips and tricks to fight puffiness and dehydration, and the best way to conceal discoloration.
1. SLEEP IT OFF
After you finish blaming your parents for your genetics, start focusing on more quality sleep. I know, it is easier said than done, but a big cause of under eye circles is lack of sleep. For adults over 26, it is recommended to get 7-9 hours a night. Looks like I have some work to do!
2. STAY HYDRATED
Dehydration is a huge factor in a number of skin conditions and under eye circles are not an exception. Just like your (probable) lack of sleep, you probably aren't drinking enough. This can help treat your dark circles from the inside out.
3. BE COOL
Ah yes, the tried and true sliced cucumbers. Keep them in the refrigerator and the cool temp will help blood vessels contract, making dark circles appear lighter and reducing puffiness. Leave on for 10 - 20 minutes for best results.
4. PICK YOUR PRODUCTS
Using a product, specifically designed for this sensitive area is the best way to take care of your eyes. Although your normal face moisturizer will work, it is best to treat the eye are with extra care. My go to is Glo Skin Beauty Contour Eye because my eye area is sensitive, but I also like Glo's Eye Restore to combat puffiness.
5. CONCEAL & SET
If treatment isn't enough, there is always makeup! For pro application, apply your eye cream of choice, wait 5-10 minutes for it to sink in, then apply concealer, and set with a translucent powder to stay crease free. I am extra and add a step. My routine is: contour eye, Colorscience Total Eye, About Face concealer in N25 & set with Laura Mercier. I prefer the About Face concealer because its thin, but I do like Glo's under eye concealer if you need more coverage.
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