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Yes oily skin is not the only problems men have to face, Dark Under-Eye Circles is another one ! The quickest way to get someone to comment on “how tired you look” is the appearance of dark, under-eye circles.
No one wants to look as tired as they feel, and we’ve got some proven ways to combat this haggard look. Read on for the best tips to prevent, treat and disguise this problem, as well as for why it happens in the first place.
Why do we have dark circles ?
The appearance of dark circles under the eye happens to everyone from time-to-time—man or woman. Causes of their appearance are varied and range from poor blood circulation, fatigue, stress, heredity, alcohol consumption and smoking, overeating, allergies, sun exposure, or eyestrain.
How to tackle dark circles ?
First and foremost, prevention is key. Aim to have a healthier lifestyle! Which means: less alcohol, no smoking, follow a healthy diet, and drink lots of water. Sleep is also very important and will go a long way towards refreshing your appearance. Ideally, try to go to bed before 10:30pm and make a goal to get—on average—8 hours of sleep every night.
Once you’ve taken the above steps to heart, the next place to focus on is treating your skin itself. There are many cleansers and creams out there, and many available in drugstores and supermarkets.
Look for products that are moisturizing and gentle—the skin around the eye is very delicate. As far as treatment creams, look for ones that contain hyaluronic acid—this ingredient plumps fine lines—as well as caffeine, which helps to brighten the under-eye area. When applying them, it is advisable to lightly massage them around the under-eye area by gently tapping and dabbing them on with the tip of your ring finger until absorbed.
Pro-tip : keep any eye creams in the fridge! The coolness of the cream will work to reduce puffiness immediately.
Along with using products made especially for dark circles, there are methods you can use from ingredients in your kitchen—just like grandma used to (and probably still does)!
One method to alleviate dark circles is to cut 2 slices of fresh cucumber and place them on your eyes every morning for 5 minutes. Cucumbers have a high water content that will hydrate your skin, plus they contain anti-inflammatory compounds to reduce puffiness.
Another method to reduce swelling is to place an ice cube in a cloth and pat gently around the dark circles, moving from the inner towards the outer under-eye area.
Lastly, both green tea and chamomile work to brighten the eye area! Simply put moistened tea bags in your refrigerator overnight. In the morning, place a bag on each eyelid for 10 minutes.
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Concealing dark under-eye circles
If dark circles remain despite your best efforts (and they may, due to hereditary reasons), a few options remain.
First, try a corrective concealer. Choose a shade just lighter than your skin tone and it will rekindle the sparkle of the eye.
Lastly, surgery exists for the most stubborn dark circles. Procedures that involve injecting body fat can be expensive, and furthermore, also include all the risks associated with surgery. Don’t make any rash decisions and always take the time to talk with your doctor.
Guys, you now have all the tools in hand, so go get your cucumbers and take care of those dark under eye circles!