I know I am not the only one who struggles with dark circles and puffiness under their eyes. Here are 8 thing’s that I do to keep the puffiness and dark circles at bay while chasing little kids and staying up late writing these blog posts!
Eye cream: Getting the right eye cream or eye serum is important if you are trying to lessen your dark circles and puffiness. Make sure that you find one that is not only going to have anti-aging benefits, but also help to brighten your under eyes as well like the Obagi Professional-C Eye Brightening Serum.
Lymphatic Drainage: One of the best ways to reduce under mild-morning eye puffiness and dark circles is giving yourself a lymphatic facial massage. It’s not only free and something you can do at home, but it’s relaxing as well. Basically what happens is excess fluid gets trapped between your skin and muscle and you want to lightly move it into your lymph system so that the subtle and sometimes not so subtle post-sleep bags go away.
Sleep: Getting a good night of sleep not only will not only rejuvenate your skin cells, but it helps to keep your under eyes looking awake and fresh. Unfortunately if you are like me with two small kids…sleep is simply a luxury that happens once in a while.
Less Salt-More Water: When you eat a lot of salt (I am a salty chip-a-holic) it can cause your body to hold onto water and make you appear puffy under your eyes. So make sure to back off of the salt and add a whole lot more water into your daily life to pure out extra toxins.
Sleeping Properly: When you sleep on your sides, under-eye fluid can pool together causing you to have puffy eyes. Instead, sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated so under eye fluid drains properly.
Reduce Nasal Congestion: Your nasal cavity is close to your eyes and when your nose is congested, it makes it pretty difficult for your eyes to drain extra moisture properly, which can create dark circles and puffiness. Try using a neti-pot to help clear out your congestion and if it’s allergy related, get some allergy relief.
Concealer and Corrector: While using a concealer won’t help much if you have under eye puffiness, it will help tremendously with dark circles. Make sure to use a concealer that is a half shade lighter than your foundation and has light reflecting particles in it to deflect the appearance of dark circles. If your dark circles are still peaking through, use an under eye color corrector that has a tint of pink to cut out the blue, then go over it with your normal concealer. My personal Favorites are the Jour Cosmetics Age Repairing Brightener for concealing and brightening, and then the Face Stockholm Corrective Concealer in the Blue Corrector.
Cucumbers: Well, it’s not really cucumbers, put it’s the fact that they then they are sliced and cold from refrigeration, it can significantly take down the inflammation associated with puffy eyes. So, try it out because it’s a super cheap way of doing it.
Have a great Day!
note* Some of these products were given to me from a PR company. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.