Every Trick I've Learned To Get Rid Of Dark Circles
As you guys can probably imagine, my life is pretty hectic. I’m always on the go, rushing between the office, photoshoots, and trying to spend every minute I can with my family and my daughter, Nour. So basically, my beauty sleep takes a serious hit. Admittedly, I’ve never been a great sleeper, and dark circles have always been a beauty issue of mine, which means I’ve learned almost every trick in the book, from how to prevent them with natural remedies to how to conceal them with makeup. I figured I’d pass on all of my tips and tricks so even if you’ve been up all night – working, studying, babysitting, or partying – no one will be able to tell that you missed a minute of beauty sleep. Here’s everything you need to know:
What Causes Dark Circles
Dark circles can be caused by three things: genetics, poor circulation, and lifestyle choices. In the case of genetics, it can be caused by a type of hyperpigmentation in your skin (aka an overproduction of melanin, which is what gives your skin its color). Genetically, some people typically have thinner skin here (it’s usually 0.5mm, whereas the rest of your body is 2mm), which makes blood pooling in this area more obvious. This can also be down to poor circulation.
Lifestyle choices can also contribute to this, so because of thin skin, when your veins become dilated, they expand and this makes them look darker. There are a number of reasons why your veins may become dilated – not enough sleep, stress, dehydration, dietary factors, alcohol, even allergies. To work out the main culprit behind your dark circles, gently pinch the skin and lift it off the surface. If the skin remains darker, it is hyperpigmentation, if not, it’s poor circulation or down to lifestyle. A retinol eye cream like the Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Cream, $39, can work wonders for improving the appearance of pigmentation in this area. But if it’s due to lifestyle choices, I have plenty of tips on how you can easily get rid of dark circles.
How to Prevent Dark Circles from Forming
1. Sleep Well
I know this may sound super simple, but this sleeping hack can make a huge difference. When your pillows are too flat, all of the blood will collect around your eye area, so to help drain the blood and to make sure it doesn’t pool overnight, sleep on your back with an extra pillow. I also like to take a digital detox two hours before I go to sleep (although I admit, this doesn’t happen often enough), to limit my blue light exposure, and if I do have to be on my phone, I set it to nighttime mode to reduce the amount of blue light emitted, which can otherwise prevent sound sleep. It’ll make such a difference to your sleep quality, I swear.
2. Cut Back on Salt
As you guys probably know, sodium, aka salt, causes your body to retain water, but it can actually cause puffiness in your eyes as well. Cutting back on sodium will help combat puffy eyes, so you appear less tired.