Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by many different things, including lack of sleep, allergies, dehydration and some health conditions. Regardless of the cause, dark circles can be unattractive and leave you looking tired, washed out and older than your years. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to improve their appearance. Keep in mind that if these don't work, your Dermatologist will come in handy.
Using a cold compress helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the eyes and reduces swelling. Cucumber slices, cold tea bags, gel packs and the back of a spoon are all effective at reducing dark circles and bags when held against the eyes for a few minutes. Alternatively, soak some cotton pads in water, green tea or milk for a few seconds. Gently squeeze out any excess moisture and refrigerate the pads for ten minutes. Once the pads are cold, place over the eyes and relax for five minutes.
Witch hazel is one of the most effective treatments to reduce dark circles and bags, as it acts as an astringent that tightens the skin. While witch hazel will work instantly, the best results are achieved when used every day. Choose pure distilled witch hazel from a skin clinic, rather than a gel or product with added alcohol, as these can be too harsh for the face. Use a cotton pad to apply the witch hazel directly to the skin.
Bags and dark circles under the eyes can be the result of dehydration. Relatively mild cases of dehydration won't always cause you to feel thirsty, but can have a significant impact on the body, both internally and externally. Drinking plenty of water and reducing your intake of salty foods helps to keep your body hydrated. In addition, reducing your intake of coffee, alcohol and other foods and drinks that have a diuretic effect will help to prevent dehydration.
Allergies are another common cause of bags and dark circles. The most common allergies include pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mold spores. Food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities are also increasingly common. Antihistamines work by blocking the release of histamine, a chemical produced by the body in response to various allergens. Some antihistamines can cause drowsiness, so it's important to consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If the above techniques don't produce the results you want, there are plenty of cosmetics available to help hide blemishes, eye bags and dark circles. Concealer, highlighter pencils and foundation can all help to disguise skin problems and defied attention away from imperfections. As a general rule, concealer should be lighter than your actual skin tone, particularly if you want to cover dark circles. Be sure to contact a profesisonal at a local skin clinic for optimal results.