Skin Care

Dark circles and bags : learn how to treat them both

Dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes make you look tired and haggard even if you are bright awake and full of energy. From genetics to irregular sleep habits, the causes of dark circles are varied. But the final result is just one, you look worn out. If you have been trying to get rid of your dark circles but haven’t succeeded yet, try the tips mentioned below to brighten and refresh your under-eye area and say goodbye to dark circles and bags.

Difference between dark circles and under-eye bags

Both are signs of fatigue and caused by smoking, pollution, alcohol and lack of sleep. They may also be inherited or age-related. However, dark circles and bags are two completely separate issues. Dark circles result from poor circulation that causes blood to accumulate under the eyes and gives the skin a bluey-violet tinge. Bags, however, are due to fat deposits gathering under the eyelids.

How to treat them

a. Different problems = different solutions. As dark circles are a circulation problem, the solution is to give your circulation a good boost. It's important to fully moisturise this zone, as the skin is extremely thin. So apply an eye contour cream daily, and look for one with active ingredients including caffeine, aloe vera, yeast extract, and holly root. For example, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Moisturizing Eye Cream to moisturise the skin around your eyes and boost radiance. With regular use, your eye contour is revitalized and looks fresh and bright. Make sure to keep it in the fridge to keep it chilled. The cold will help boost circulation and reduce any swelling, too. The trick is to massage in the cream to stimulate the skin. Or if your dark circles aren't too pronounced, use a roll-on applicator, which will help to relieve any congestion.

b. Under-eye bags need a whole other treatment. Your new best weapon? An eye contour mask that will reduce puffiness. Failing that, the age-old trick of placing slices of cucumber or an ice cube on puffy areas will help, too.

c. When it comes to make-up, don't apply thick foundations to dark circles or bags, as they will stifle the skin. Opt instead for a BB or tinted cream. If your circles are very dark, apply a concealer that's one shade lighter than your skin. This will brighten the skin rather than exaggerate the dark hue.

d. And last of all, adopt a healthier lifestyle and make sure you get plenty of shut-eye to get back your natural glow.

Regardless of what caused your dark circles, start early and take special care of your eye contour. The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate and needs extra attention. The creams you use on the rest of your face are too thick for this fragile area and will do it no good. Use special under-eye products that target your dark circles and puffy eye bags and incorporate them in your everyday skin care routine.