I know what you are thinking and , no, a great concealer is not the answer… Well, in some cases it might be, but we’re leaning towards more long lasting effects and a look that might ultimately not even need a high coverage concealer. Even if there’s basically no miracle cure for undereye circles, there are a couple of things that we can do to prevent them and maybe even eliminate them even so slightly.
How to efficiently prevent and minimize under eye circles
We’ve gathered up some of the best advice of dermatologists and makeup artists about minimizing, covering up, and preventing dark under eye circles both instantly and long-term. Let’s see what they have to say.
- Determine the underlying cause
Clearly, first and foremost, no matter what your health problem is, you need to figure out the cause of it. The same goes for dark circles.
Age might be one of the causes due to the fact that the skin becomes translucent with age.
If your circles are brownish, it could be due to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, doctor-speak for clusters of brown pigment that collect underneath the eyes due to heredity, chronic rubbing (often because of allergies or bothersome contact lenses), or sun damage. Some people are even born with a predisposition to circles underneath the eyes.
Also, an allergic reaction to food or something in the air, lack of sleep can also play a role.
- Be careful to always wear sun protection
SPF is the solution to start off several treatments for diverse skin issues, because damage from years of unprotected sun exposure leads to excess pigmentation on the skin underneath the eyes.
- Use brightening skincare ingredients
Skin brightening ingredients are meant to improve the skin’s natural vibrancy and some of the most well known are vitamin C, niacinamide or bearberry extract.
At the same time, try to avoid as much as possible ingredients that can irritate your skin (like fragrances) and search for the ones that have proven anti inflammatory properties.
- Try a hydrating eye cream
Creams that are especially created for the eyes tend to have a higher concentration of emollients meant to plump and thicken the skin’s texture. Serums are probably the most potent for brightening the skin around the eyes.
Look for a product containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin to moisturize around the eyes.
- Be careful when removing makeup
Removing the eye makeup is just as important as putting it on. Don’t tug or pull the skin because you risk fastening the sagging effect that comes with age no matter what we do, thus making it look darker.
- Sleep well and hydrate properly
These aren’t surefire remedies, but lacking them will most likely affect your skin. Bad sleep and bad eating habits have a great impact on the way we look so it’s only natural that our skin is also affected.
- Find the right under eye concealer
A richly-pigmented cream formula should be your go-to saver when you have under eye circles, as creams tend to have a stronger hold than liquids and are less likely to crease under the eye.
Start off by dabbing on an eye cream and letting it soak in for a few minutes. After that apply your favourite foundation, over which, using a concealer brush, for better coverage, apply the concealer.
Apply the concealer by tapping it into the inner corner of the eye, not spreading it, to the midpoint beneath the iris, then feather it out, blending away any obvious demarcation lines.
In order to hold it in place, add some powder over it.
- Consider a doctor visit and hyaluronic acid injections
But, even if you respect all of the aforementioned tips, you might not see some amazing results.
The best treatment for under eye circles, puffy eyes and the bags under your eyes are the injections of hyaluronic acid, a clear gel-like substance that naturally occurs in skin, that doctors inject directly into the hollows beneath the eyes to even them so they no longer appear as dark shadows.