6 tips on how to reduce dark eye circles

6 tips on how to reduce dark eye circles

So, you had one too many drinks last night (or for a couple of nights)? If this is you then I'm sorry to say that your hangover could soon be the least of your concerns.

Unlike your liver that can take care of itself, your eyes, more specifically the delicate skin under your eyes, will tell a different story.

Dark eye circles and fine lines will remain behind long after the memory of a good night out, and they will never seem to budge despite all your best efforts.

Despite all the research and various studies, there seems to be no clear explanation for why dark circles are so difficult to remedy. Sure, age and lack of sleep have been said to be a factor, but not everyone gets eye rings from the lack of shut-eye. So I've gathered together some tried and tested methods of soothing those fine lines and dark rings away.

HOME REMEDIES

It is no secret that I'm a fan of home remedies. They are cheap and they usually work. Of all the remedies I'm sharing today, the DIY home fixes will also usually give you the best results if you're pressed for time.

Tea Bags

High in caffeine, these tea darlings will give your eyes an immediate whitening effect. Caffeine helps to reduce the appearance of blood vessels in your eyes, which is said to be one of the reasons for dark eye circles. As a rule of thumb, choose a tea with a high amount of caffeine. My favourite is good old Liptons, as black tea contains a higher amount of tannin than green or white tea.

Instructions

1. Grab two tea bags and dump them in a bowl

2. Fill a small bowl with warm water (just enough to cover the tea bags)

3. Leave it in the fridge (or freezer, if you're pressed for time)

4. Remove tea bags and place on eyes for 5 to 10 minutes

Tip: Be sure to keep your eyes relaxed and have a tissue handy, in case the tea drips along the corners of your face. It is also easier to do this eye mask lying down.

Spoons

A really quick de-puffer for swollen eyes, a cold metal spoon will do wonders in hiding last night's cry, or this morning's water retention. Simply place two spoons (Tablespoons or larger) in the freezer for 10 minutes, and then place on your eyes for five minutes later. I like to press the spoons and get frozen for a bit, but trust me, it's a good thing. The cooling effect will relax your eyes and depuff those bags for a while.

EYE CREAMS FOR EVERY BUDGET

I have chosen some eye creams that will help you out when nothing else really works. From creams that double up as anti-ageing agents to oxygen-infusing selections, these are my eye creams for every budget.

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