We’re going to let you in on a little secret, you ready? OK. So get this, those dark circles that have been creeping up under your eyes, the culprit … enlarged blood vessels.
Well, enlarged blood vessels, capillaries to be exact, and the fact that the skin beneath the eye is so seriously thin that it’s almost transparent. So as the capillaries expand due to lack of sleep, stress, booze, smokes, and coffee; the bluish-gray tinge of the blood vessels begin to show through the skin.
Aside from catching some ZZZs, bringing the stress levels down, and curbing the cocktails and smokes -- all of which you should totally do; there are three treatments you can try to shrink away those gaping dark circles.
Clinique’s Even Better Eyes Dark Circle CorrectorHTML Generator Sample Page
Anti-aging ingredients to help strengthen skin around the eyes are swirled within a tinted cream that relies on mica, titanium dioxide, and iron oxides. Mica to help reflect light away from shadowed areas, titanium dioxide for a brightening effect, and iron oxides for a light flesh-toned color.
Application: Twice a day, morning and night, simply squeeze a small amount of the oil-free cream onto the darkest spots and glide the contoured applicator back and forth across the undereye area. You’re likely going to have to use your finger to smooth in any excess cream until it fully absorbs. Side perk -- the cooling metal tip helps massage away puffs.
Timely Effects: Will lighten dark circles by 30 percent in 12 weeks.
Paring with Concealer: Since this is in fact a treatment, and not a concealer, the cream won’t hide your circles the second you glide it on. However, once absorbed you can apply a thin layer of concealer, without worry of oily residue.
Skin Type: Suitable for all skin types, within the fair tone range.
Lancome’s Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate
Specially formulated with buckwheat-extract for the delicate eye area, this gel-cream strengthens thin skin. Buckwheat contains all eight essential amino acids, all of which are needed for skin repair, as well as Rutin, which helps maintain collagen levels in the skin, keeping the skin elastic and firm
Application: Apply a thick layer of the gel under the eyes just before bed. The next morning, wash and apply makeup as usual.
Timely Effects: Dark circles will begin to lighten after seven days, but for optimal results use regularly for at least six to eight weeks.
Paring with Concealer: Since this is an overnight treatment, there’s no need to worry about concealer pairing.
Skin Type: Suitable for all skin types, from fair to dark.