Why You Get Under-Eye Circles (and What to Do About Them)

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Under-eye circles can make you look tired, ill and much older than you actually are. There are a number of causes for puffiness and under-eye circles; these can include allergies, diet, heredity or even the after-effects of an occasional late night out. Do you ever find yourself plagued by dark circles, puffiness or shadows underneath your eyes? Here are some insights about what causes them and how to minimize them, avoid them or get rid of them entirely.

Causes of Raccoon-Eyes

The causes for puffiness and under-eye circles can include a number of factors ranging from heredity, allergies, diet, lifestyle choices or even a late night out. Internally, dark circles are actually caused by leaking capillaries that are in effect creating tiny pools of blood underneath the skin’s surface. Thinning of the skin of the face related to age, fluctuations in hormones, poor nutrition and vitamin deficiencies can all aggravate these blue-black discolorations and make them look even worse.

There are some home remedies that can help to minimize the appearance of under-eye circles. One of the most well-known is placing fresh, cold cucumber slices onto each eye while lying down. This lightens the skin while cooling and soothing the eyes. Used, wet caffeinated tea bags can also assist in reducing swelling and puffiness around the eyes.

If these methods aren’t working, stubborn raccoon eyes can be concealed with makeup. Use cream concealer as follows:

1. Use a concealer brush or wedge sponge and your hand as a palette. Create a half and half mixture of your regular foundation plus concealer. This will keep the texture light and tight but also provide sufficient coverage for those stubborn, dark problem areas. This ratio also helps to minimize any contrast between lighter concealers and your natural skin tone.

2. Apply the mixture to dark areas beneath and all around your eyes, taking care to blend it seamlessly with the surrounding skin. Use soft, gentle patting motions.

3. Using a powder puff, coat and set the mixture on the face with a slight dusting of powder. Pay special attention to smoothing and blending at the inner corners of the eyes.

Take care also to choose the best brand and type of concealer for your eyes. Your concealer color and tone should be one to two shades lighter than your foundation’s color. Choose the concealer that will work best with your skin tone and type. Some of the top concealer products available on the market today can be found right here on our website. Once you’ve found your ideal concealer, apply it properly and you’ll enjoy brighter, younger-looking eyes each day.

Robert Roque