How to Get Rid of Dark Circles

A combination of a healthy diet, regular sleeping habits, and makeup hacks are just what the doctor ordered for a natural dark-circle eraser. Here are some of the best tips and tricks to create a bright-eyed glow.

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Nutrition & Diet

While there is no specific diet to follow to get rid of dark circles, maintaining an anti-inflammatory regime consisting of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, good fats and proper hydration can make visible improvements to your skin anywhere on your body, especially the under eye area.

For fruits, opt for apricots, kiwis, peaches, and strawberries – full of nourishing ingredients. As for vegetables, everything from carrots, pumpkins and brussels sprouts are great anti-inflammatory foods. When it comes to hydration, consuming at least 1.5L per day is essential to glowing and non-tired looking skin.

Sleep

Lack of sleep doesn’t cause dark circles directly, but lack of sleep overtime definitely increases their appearance. Getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding blue light emitted from electronic devices will make a noticeable difference to your under eye area. If insomnia is to blame for your unregulated sleeping schedule, you might need to contact your doctor for a durable solution.

Top up on at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night, try to maintain a normal sleeping pattern, and stay hydrated to your under eye transform.

Sleep well dark circles

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Our Selection of our Favourite Under Eye Products:

Keep reading to see our pick of skincare and makeup products that help against the battle of dark circles.

Ole Henriksen Eye cream dark circles
1. Under-eye cream

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

Suitable for all skin types, this brightening, vitamin C-rich eye crème targets signs of aging and reduce the look of dark circles while improving concealer application and wear. Be sure to apply your eye cream with a light hand, as the skin in this area is delicate and fragile.

2. Eye Serum

Khiel’s Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum

This serum reduces the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and puffy eyes as well as visibly reduces blue and brown dark circles. The powerful serum is reinforced with 10% pure vitamin C, tri-peptides and hyluronic acid to properly combat fine lines. 

3. Under Eye Mask

Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask

A mask meant to hydrate and cool the eye area while you sleep, this leave-on eye mask deeply hydrates through the night, while de-puffing and soothing fatigued eyes with a cooling ceramic massage tool that creates a revitalized appearance.

4. Sunscreens for dark spots

Lancaster Sun Perfect Infinite Glow SPF 50

This light, hydrating sunscreen formula that helps prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Enriched with a natural glow booster, it instantly illuminates the complexion witj a . non-sticky and non-shiny finish.

5. Under Eye Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

A longtime makeup artist and beauty influencer favorite, this multifunctional concealer comes in all shades for any skin tone. Its fluid texture and luminous finish unifies the complexion, providing medium to strong coverage and a glowy under eye.

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TIPS

Apply your under eye creams and serums using your ring finger, since it is the weakest finger. This reduces the risk of pressing too hard and damaging the sensitive and fragile skin around the eyes. 

What you need to do:

Apply concealer with a dabbing motion, not a swiping motion to avoid roughing up the fragile skin

For black and brown dark circles, color correct with an orange, apricot, or peach under toned concealer

For greenish dark circles, color correct with a pink under toned concealer

For pink and purplish dark circles, color correct with a beige or yellow under toned concealer

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