Who doesn’t dread looking in the mirror after a long, restless night without sleep?
If you’re tired of fighting off dark under-eye circles, we’re here to shed some light on what makes this pesky form of discoloration so persistent.
Whether you slice up some cucumber or try our Bright Eyes Mask, lessening the effects of dehydration and lack of sleep is easier once you understand what’s going on when you wake up the worse for wear.
Let’s Get Physical
Pinpointing the cause of under-eye circles isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
Turns out, the subject of under-eye circles is way more complicated than “I didn’t get enough sleep last night” or “I’m not as young as I used to be.” (Girl, we hear you.)
While lack of sleep and age certainly play a role in under-eye discoloration, so do genetics, allergies, and accumulated skin damage.
According to the beauty mavens over at Real Simple, the color of your under-eye circles can reveal the source of all your troubles:
“Blue circles result from oxygenated blood pooled beneath the under-eye skin,” Hannah Morrill reports. “Skin here is very thin and almost transparent, so blood shows through.”
When we first wake up in the morning, we send all that blood rushing from our head – and it pools right beneath our eyes.
This is what makes dark under-eye circles so pronounced in the morning. Add a dash of puffiness from allergies or lack of sleep, and you’re looking at an extra dose of unsightly.
Age contributes to this effect, too – as we grow older, our skin tends to become thinner. When we lose collagen beneath our eyes, those dark circles can look even more intense.
Anti-aging products may help (be sure to research them thoroughly), but what if the discoloration beneath your eyes has a brownish tint?
“Brown circles result from hyperpigmentation, triggered by chronic eye-rubbing, sun exposure, or genetics,” writes Morrill. “They are most prevalent among Asian and African American skin tones.”
As if dark circles weren’t enough, plenty of women also suffer from the redness and puffiness common when dealing with seasonal allergies.
Instead of fighting an uphill battle against your genes, you can always turn to corrective coloring makeup, like beauty blogger Deepica Mutyala.
If you haven’t watched her viral video about masking under-eye circles with red lipstick, it’s worth a gander just to see what kind of magic color corrective makeup can accomplish.
Just be careful about mimicking Mutyala’s tactics, warns Cat Quinn at Refinery29.
“Because lip products come with a different set of guidelines than those designed for eyes, they can cause irritation (or, worse, infection) when smeared around the sensitive eye area,” Quinn explains.
Looking for a more natural way out to defeat under-eye circles?
Read on for our best tips and tricks to lessen the effects of under-eye discoloration, without spending all your money on pricey spa treatments or expensive makeup.
Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed
Don’t let beauty magazines convince you that expensive surgeries or treatments are necessary to ban under-eye circles for good!
While there are plenty of over-the-counter fixes to color correct your skin or lessen puffiness, you can find equally impressive – and effective – natural ingredients in your supermarket.
Here are seven items straight from your grocery cart that have the power to make you look like you woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed:
- Black Tea. The caffeine in your morning cup of coffee will do more than jolt you awake on your way to work. Placing a cold compress of black tea on your eyes – you can even use regular, old tea bags from the grocery store – will lessen the effects of a night out on the town.
- Grape Seed Oil. Rich in antioxidants, grape seed oil is the secret weapon of anyone looking for a natural way to lessen the effects of puffiness and wrinkles.
- Witch Hazel. Because witch hazel helps to repair damaged skin, it’ll tighten up any under-eye circles or puffiness caused by allergies.
- Almond Oil. An anti-inflammatory, almond oil will help you say goodbye to puffiness. All you need is a few drops underneath your eyes, and you’re good to go.
- Cucumber slices are a classic spa treatment – not only do they feel cool and refreshing, but cucumber also contains anti-inflammatory properties that’ll reduce redness and puffiness.
- They’re not just for breakfast anymore! A quick banana mash under your eyelids might actually perk those dark circles up, thanks to the same levels of potassium and Vitamin B that help power you through until lunchtime.
- If you’ve ever placed aloe on your skin after a sunburn or a run-in with the kitchen stove, you know how soothing it can be. The same anti-inflammatory properties that make it a staple of your first-aid kit can also help you treat those pesky under-eye circles.
Now that you know the secret ingredients behind a natural beauty routine, we bet your grocery store looks even more appealing than usual!
If you want to erase your dark under-eye circles naturally – without messing around in the grocery store – then 100% Pure has the solution you’ve been waiting for.
Go Au Natural
At 100% Pure, we believe in harnessing the power of natural ingredients in safe, organic compounds that will make your natural beauty shine through – even if you’re running on only a few hours of sleep.
Because we know how powerful the anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine and aloe vera are, we featured these natural wonders as the primary ingredients in our Bright Eyes Mask.
According to Grace Gutierrez, an esthetician for True Grace Skin Care, caffeine will give your sleepy skin a wake-up call.
In addition to caffeine, the soothing effects of aloe vera in our Bright Eyes Mask will minimize puffiness in a heartbeat, leaving you feeling refreshed and hydrated.
Still not sure? Take our customers’ words for it:
“I have very sensitive skin and my [under-eye] area is no exception,” writes Michelle M. “I picked up a pair of these eye masks…hopeful that I would finally find something to help with my bags, dark circles and fine lines around my eyes. They are instantly cooling and so soothing.
“By the next morning I noticed that my under-eye bags were gone, and my husband commented about the color under my eyes being lighter,” she added.
Elizabeth writes: “When I took [the Bright Eyes Mask] off, I realized that my eyes actually looked like I hadn’t spent all night not-sleeping.”
“My under eye area was well-hydrated, so I could just put on a bit of concealer and look totally human. I’m impressed,” she confirmed.
We hope you’ll join Michelle and Elizabeth – and all of us here at 100% Pure – in our natural beauty revolution.
If you’re committed to transforming your beauty routine into a super-powered, all-natural regimen that’ll make you feel more energized than ever, our Bright Eyes Mask will bring you one step closer to showcasing your natural beauty – by saying sayonara to redness, puffiness, and dark under-eye circles. For good!
Do you have a secret weapon you use to zap under-eye circles? Share your favorite tricks in the comments below:
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