The chances are, if you suffer with eye bags or dark circles, you aren’t getting enough sleep. Sometimes this can be overcome with a good nights sleep, but some suffers could sleep for years and still have the dreaded shadow under the eyes. Periorbital dark circles may be genetic, or they could be due to allergies, chronic sinus problems and fluid retention, whatever the cause, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks from home remedies to high coverage concealers to disguise the dark lingering hue.
Cucumber slices are kept on ice at the spa for a reason, they instantly reduce puffiness and lighten the skin; they also encourage you to take 15 minutes to relax..because let’s face it, there’s not much you can do with cucumber slices on your eyes. When you don’t have time to do this, we recommend the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Eye Gel Revitalizing Green Tea which is packed full of cooling properties to relieve tired eyes.
Honey is our second food related treatment, naturally enriched with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits, when applied below the eyes and left overnight it visibly reduces swelling and minimises dark circles. If you aren’t too keen on slathering yourself in sticky honey, we recommend the Living Nature Firming Eye Cream which refreshes and revives the skin.
For an instant pick me-up, we’ve chosen two First Aid Beauty products. The Detox Eye Roller stimulates the skin and helps to distribute lymphatic build-up from underneath the eyes, resulting in less baggy looking skin; pop this in the fridge for extra cooling effects. Whilst the Eye Duty Triple Remedy combines light reflecting pigments and liquorice extract to brighten the skin, and make you look like you’ve had a good 8 hours sleep.
Finally, we couldn’t not mention concealer, in other words – your eye bags saviour. A peachy toned concealer instantly neutralises and counter-acts blue tones, which in turn makes you look more awake. The Zelens Active Concealer is our favourite multi-use treatment, combining the soothing properties of an eye cream, and the camouflaging properties of a concealer, it boosts hydration and brightens the skin.