Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all doing great and finding some things to enjoy during this holiday season. As the holidays approach that can sort of be a stressful time of year for many people, Longer hours at work to get that Christmas bonus, spending countless hours shopping and gift wrapping. Have you all been getting enough sleep lately? Did you know that fatigue and lack of sleep could be what is contributing to your under-eye circles among with many other things like circulation and hyperpigmentation problems? Check out my previous post for a quick recap on Why we get under Eye Circles.
What I would like to focus on during this post are things you can do to reduce the look of your under-eye circles/bags with some simple at home tips, tricks and, remedies. So grab some snacks and treats, turn on your fav show (mine is currently Ellen) and get ready to relax and pamper yourself for anywhere from 5-30min!
There are many things you can do to take care of the appearance of your eyelids and under eye area. Many remedies to take care of this issue are safe, natural and can be done right in the comfort of your own home as well! I want to start with creams. There are many creams out there available to you but are you really getting the right one for your dark circles? People with blue toned circles should opt for creams and moisturizers with stimulating agents. A product like this will constrict the blood vessels which temporarily boost the circulation of the area. There are some stronger creams with highly potent hydration levels like “Hyaluronic acid” which plumps the skin up and away from the pooled blood. It’s recommended that you stay away from this as its potency is far too harsh for the skin in this area. My extended thoughts on these are that with plumping up the skin in the area I feel like this would promote circulation beneath the skin. Because blue circles tend to show due to thin skin or poor circulation really, the best things you can do would involve those two key factors. Boosting Circulation and, and thickening the skin as much as possible.
For people with brown toned eye circles, you can find a great sense of relief in using a daily serum spiked with a skin lightener like soy or citrus. This can brighten your skin in about 4-6 weeks of consistent use. It’s advised to stay away from “Hydroquinone” which is a go to lightener. I have never used this product but its said to be very heavy and not the best idea to be using under the eye. Using something with brightening agents will help reduce pigmentation but, using it all over can also help create a more even skin tone and complexion altogether.
One of the many things people do to get rid of their eye circles is dabbing the area with essential oils. It’s best to apply to the area, let it sit for 5-20 min and rinse off with warm water. Eucalyptus Oil has properties that help reduce swelling and puffiness but should be used with caution as it is toxic when used at high levels. Rose & Sandalwood Oil mixed in with steaming water can hydrate your skin really nicely which can help reduce dark circles. Flaxseed Oil is a major source of Omega 3. The higher your Omega 3 intake the stronger and more plump the layer of skin is.
Avocado Oil is said to be one of the best things to use because avocados are rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and, vitamins that nourish the skin all of this works together to help repair damaged skin and promote collagen production from the within the skin itself. Avocados are deeply hydrating for your skin. Its high level of plant steroids helps reduce the look of blemishes and, age spots by rejuvenating the damaged skin by releasing the free radicals causing damage.
Almond Oil is great to use
because it contains Vitamin K which is said to improve blood pressure and decrease your risk of clotting which in turn decreases the presence of discoloration around the eyes by reducing the amount of blood that remains pooled behind them. Almond oil also contains Palmitic Acid and Retinol which work together as moisturizers in the almond oil to nourish the skin.
Chamomile Oil can help decrease the puffiness of your eye bags. By directly applying it to the desired area you can achieve results because it contains anti-inflammatory agents which work to reduce swelling. If you ingest chamomile tea, it can promote better sleeping habits and helps relieve stress. When it comes to chamomile tea make a pot of it and, freeze the tea bags. Once there chilled than you can place them on your eyes. You have a pot of relaxing tea to last you an hour or two and an evening cool down the regime!
Some other recommended things many women do to help the appearance of their under-eye circles is “Facial Exercises” which can be easily done at home. There are many facial exercises that can be done a few times a week for best results. Face tapping, Lower eyelid strengthening, lower eyelid elevator, and a lower lid lift all are names of some of the exercises you can do to strengthen your lower lid. Simply type either of these into Google or Pinterest and you should be given a list of ways and demo’s teaching you how to do them. Working these into your beauty routine can make your face look naturally younger!
You can also purchase a metal ball roller or stick some metal spoons in your freezer for about an hour while you do some cleaning around the kitchen. Use the metal ball rollers and gently massage this area. The cooling effect brings down the swelling in the area and constricts the blood vessels all of which reduces the visibility of your under eye circles. Placing the cold spoons directly on your eye bags and then gently gliding it against your skin outward can help in the same way. Using Crushed up mint leaves left on the eyes for about 30min has been used by a lot of women too. What you want to do is take fresh mint leaves and some EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and apply it carefully underneath the eyes, repeat this daily for best results. Lowering your daily salt intake can help as well as sleeping on your back instead of your stomach. Make sure you are removing your makeup before bed so you’re eyes aren’t irritated from your makeup and don’t overdo your sun exposure switching to a foundation with SPF or daily moisturizer with SPF could be a smart move. I am currently using The Body Shops Aloe Very Face moisturizer which has SPF15 and that is working well for me.
Some people have found great results from using something called a “Neti Pot”. When I first heard of this I had no clue what it was at all so I did some research on it. Basically, what I found out is that it is a container designed to rinse debris and mucous from your nasal cavity. This is great for people with allergies and sinus problems affecting your dark eye circles. Using a salt water solution with a Neti Pot is great but make sure that you are using sterilized or distilled bottled water. Using a Neti Pot reduces the looks of bags by reducing the fluid retention in the surrounding area. Doing this maybe once or twice a week as a preventative measure might be beneficial for anyone with bags caused by sinus and allergies.
So to sum it all up now that I have given you a probably overwhelming amount of remedies and reasons why each of them might work, I just want to summarize it in a cleaner format to recap before you all go!
Things you can do to reduce the look of your Dark Eye Circles
- Use Natural & Essential Oils
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Rose & Sandalwood Oil
- Flaxseed Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Almond Oil
- Chamomile Oil
- Lower your salt intake
- Try a Neti Pot
- Cold compress like Spoons
- Metal Ball Roller
- Don’t over do Sun exposure
- Use natural eye creams with brightening agents
- Use creams with stimulating properties
- Beat your Fatigue
- Remove your makeup before bed
- Limit Alcohol and Tabaco Usage
- Get a proper night’s sleep on a Consistent basis
- Use Mineral Foundations and Organic Products
These are my eyes and I will be choosing a specific regime to follow with a special post to talk about that with all of you. Many of these tips and tricks have been proven helpful for woman all over the world. What do all of you ladies do to combat your dark eye circles and puffy eye bags? Stay tuned to see what new routine I will be using to help my Under Eye Circles and also What Foods you can Add to your diet that might help reduce the look of your Eye circles. Don’t forget to check out my Twitter to see what posts I will be putting out next and, if you have a post suggestion I will certainly consider it and see what I can do! Thank you, everyone, for coming back to my ZenZone and checking out my second post on Dark Eye Circles. I hope you all have a great week! Lots of Love Ladies!!!