Do you ever get frequently asked, “Are you tired?” Or, “Did you not sleep last night?” Sometimes the answer is a definite “Yes.” But other times it could be “What? No.” You could have a full nights rest and feel great but one thing that can change your appearance from a well-rested beauty to tired and exhausted, are dark undereye circles. Sleep is a very important factor to helping your under eyes look rested, but there are more things you can be doing to help speed up your recovery from a late night out, staying up studying or just trying to lessen the appearance of dark undereye circles. These easy tips and tricks will help to make your under eyes appear brighter, healthier and more awake.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Dark undereye circles can be genetic or caused by everyday factors that most of us don’t realize we are doing. If you are not wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, this could be worsening your under eyes. The skin on your under eye area is very thin compared to the rest of your face. Because of this, pigmentation and discoloration appear more prominently and the harmful rays from the sun can increase this over time. There are two types of sunscreens, a physical and a chemical. Look for a physical broad-spectrum sunscreen containing zinc oxide, this ingredient will help to protect against UVA and UVB light rays.
More Beauty Sleep
When you sleep, the body is repairing itself. It needs enough time for this, so giving your body 8-10 hours of sleep a night will decrease undereye bags and discoloration. Tip: Try to sleep at a horizontal angle rather than flat against the bed. Prop your head up with an extra pillow to reduce swelling and puffiness. If after practicing these tips you still have puffy eyes in the morning, it could be because you’re dehydrated. This can be caused by water retention. Your under eyes will hold on to as much water as they can, making the under eyes puffy. Try to drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water every day to hydrate your body and decrease undereye puffiness.
Eye Creams and Eye Masks
Look for undereye creams that include ingredients like hyaluronic acid, licorice, and Vitamins C, E, and K, these will help to hydrate, brighten, and firm the skin. To help de-puff the eyes, try some under eye gel pads. Tip: Put them in the fridge until they’re chilled for an even quicker de-puffing effect. We’ve all seen people at spa’s with cucumbers over their eyes, but does that really work? Yes! Chilled slices of cucumber over the eyes will hydrate, soothe, and refreshen eyes naturally.
Wide Awake Makeup
In addition to all of these tips, makeup can help you out as well. Start by color correcting your under eyes using our Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealers. Our large color and shade range will help you find the perfect correcting colors and concealer shades to help dimish discoloration. Use our Studio Pro Beauty Sponge to seamlessly blend these colors to reveal an even skin tone. Next, bake and set the under eyes with our Studio Pro Shade & Define palette. Just like the concealer shades, use the same undertones for your skin tone with these powders. To give you a more wide-awake look, curl your lashes, add mascara, line the lower lash line with a peachy nude shade, and highlight the inner corner of the eyes with our Spotlight Highlight palette. Dusk away the baking powder and voila, you’re ready to start your day!
Be Gentle On The Eyes
At the end of the day when removing your eye makeup, make sure to not rub, tug, or pull at your delicate skin around your eyes. Use our Studio Pro Eye & Lip Makeup Remover on a cotton round and press the solution onto your lids and lashes. Wait about 15 seconds for the remover to break down the makeup and gently wipe away the excess.
So Long Dark Under Eyes!
Apply these tips to your daily routines and say hello to refreshed and bright eyes to start your day off right. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and for more beauty tips and tricks. Don’t forget to tag us @bhcosmetics and use #bhcosmetics so we can see your wide awake looks!