If you’re like most people, odds are you wake up with tired, puffy, dark circles under your eyes in the morning. Confused about why they’re there? DIY Makeup has got you covered. Here are some of the reasons why we get dark circles, and some creative ways to help get rid of them.
First of all, not all dark circles are created equal. While a lack of sleep is one of the most common causes, it isn’t always the only source.Other causes include age, allergies, genetics, skin/sun damage, bone structure, and bad diet. These directly affect the thickness of the skin. The skin below our eyes is extremely thin, and below that skin lay our blood vessels, muscles, and tissue. This skin, especially in lighter skin tones, become translucent over time. Blood vessels, which usually appear to have a blue/greenish tint when visible through the skin, becomes more visible, and give the skin under the eyes a darker tint. Constant irritation or rubbing of the eyes further exaggerate the problem.
Bags under the eyes are a different issue. The direct reason why people get bags under their eyes, especially once they get older, is still up for debate. The most common theory is that the fatty tissues under the eyes begin to fill with water, weighing down the skin.
So, now that we know some of the causes of dark under-eye circles, what can we do ? Firstly, we do the obvious: sleep more, treat allergies, drink water, eat well, and stop rubbing our eyes. But, as anyone could probably tell you, all these are easier said than done. And even if you do manage to balance a healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule (props to those who do!), there’s a chance that you may still have dark circles. It’s a losing battle. Thankfully, that is why we have five different DIYs dedicated to defeating those pesky puffy circles:
1) Cold Spoons
Reduces puffy eyes.
Place two spoons into a freezer overnight. In the morning, take the spoons out and place them over both eyes. Keep the spoons placed onto the eye area until the chill begins to wear off, then flip sides. You can take advantage of the spoon’s curved indents and use the tip to directly massage the under and around the eyes, including any other areas you want to focus on.
2) Tea Bags With Caffeine
Tightens skin and reduces redness.
Brew two cups of black tea. After five minutes, remove the tea bags and wait for them to cool down. Once at a warm temperature, squeeze the bags of any excess water and place over the eyes. Keep them on for 10 to 15 minutes. If you do not have black tea, replace it with any other tea high in caffeine.
3) Coffee Grounds
Diminishes under-eye bags.
Taking freshly brewed coffee grounds, leave the grounds to cool until they are at room temperature. Carefully spread the coffee grounds over the dark circles, avoiding any direct contact with the eye. Warning: This does get messy, so be sure to apply the grounds over a sink or a covered area. Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Carefully wash off.
4) Cucumbers and Parsley
Reduces dark circles and calms redness.
Using either a juicer or a blender, blend together half a cucumber and a handful of parsley until it is at a liquid consistency (It’s okay if it comes out a bit pulpy). Next, dip two cotton pads into the juice until they are both full. Gently squeeze out any excess juice and place onto your eyes for 10 minutes. An extra tip: Place the extra cucumber and parsley bags into a Ziploc and keep them in the freezer. They will last longer and use up all of the extra juice. Just take two out at a time and either thaw them out or use them cold.
5) Aloe Gel and Vitamin K
Softens skin, reduces dark circles and inflammation.
Take a sharp pin and poke a hole into a liquid gel capsule of vitamin K. Squeezing out a few drops of the liquid, mix with a drop of Aloe gel. Place under the eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. Store in a cool place for continual use.
Written by Nikkia Rivera