Ah, concealer—it’s a wonderful thing. But when you wash it off, your problems are still there, staring back at you in the mirror. Instead of continuing to cover up under-eye circles, why not get to the root cause? Here, five ways to eliminate those unsightly spots for good. Bonus: Now you won’t have to constantly worry about your concealer rubbing off before you’re ready.
Bright Eyes, Can't Lose
Catch Some Zzz's
There's a reason it's called beauty rest: Lack of sleep can cause the blood vessels under the eyes to swell and take on a purple tint. Try sleeping on your back with your head elevated to prevent fluid retention, as this can cause excess puffiness and make dark circles look worse.
Drink Your Water
Dark circles get darker when you're dehydrated. Drink at least eight cups of water per day to keep your skin plump and glowing. Also limit your salt, alcohol and tobacco intake, as these can cause swelling in the skin and water loss.
Use Eye Cream
Eye creams are formulated to target the delicate skin under the eye and keep it extra hydrated. Store yours in the fridge to de-puff and treat dark circles. But be careful when using other products that include ingredients like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids and vitamin C—they can irritate sensitive skin and make the problem worse.
Try A Home Remedy
Potatoes are packed with natural bleaching agents that can banish dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. To DIY your own remedy, grate a raw potato to extract the juice, then soak a cotton pad in it. Place the cotton pad over the eyelid and under-eye area for 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks, and bask in the wonder of nature's miracles.
Give Your Eyes A Massage
Once a day, use your fingers to apply gentle pressure in a circular motion, or invest in a gadget that will give you even faster results. This encourages circulation and draining of excess fluid.