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How to get rid of those dark circles beneath your eyes

Due to various reasons, many of us have to contend with dark circles and eye bags. Beauty experts advise women to start using eye creams once they hit 30. However, eye creams are mostly recommended to manage crows feet and wrinkles. So what can one do to minimise the appearance of dark circles and eye bags?

Causes of dark circles and eye bags

1. Hyper pigmentation - some people have darker skin around the eyes which may be genetic, or due to years of coping with unresolved allergens.

2. Shadowing - this is due to fat loss around the eye area which results in very thin skin, creating the appearance of a shadow effect.

3. Broken blood vessels under the eyes - due to negative lifestyle choices such as using tobacco, excessive caffeine and alcohol, and poor sleeping habits.


1. Remain hydrated - drinking plenty of healthy liquids such as plain water and fruit and vegetable juices can help prevent puffy eyes and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

2. Get quality sleep - this is the cheapest and most effective way of managing puffy eyes. Getting enough quality sleep aids the body in cell repair and keeps the eyes bright.

3. Manage allergens - unresolved allergies can result in puffy, itchy eyes which over time, can lead to dark circles. Manage allergies by avoiding and eliminating all foods that result in symptoms.

4. Use sunscreen - protect your eye area in the same way that you would protect your face by using sunscreen daily.

5. Use a cool compress - using chilled moist tea bags, cool cucumber or potato slices or a gel eye- mask applied for 10 minutes can help to reduce the puffiness.

6. Try concealer - use a shade lighter than your skin tone to help disguise dark circles.

7. Manage the salt in your diet - avoid processed foods which tend to have too much salt, as these can be dehydrating and result in water retention.

8. Go for products with Vitamins K and C - these help to repair the skin and may aid in bruising and scaring.

9. Consider injectable fillers and laser treatments - if the dark circles are due to broken blood capillaries, a dermatologist may administer injectable fillers. Laser treatments may also reduce the appearance of dark circles.

While implementing these tips, keep in mind that as you grow older the skin around your eyes weakens naturally. Don’t be overly critical of your appearance and keep smiling.



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