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How To Reduce Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes

How To Reduce Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with under-eye bags, puffiness, and dark circles, they’re often cited as a common beauty concern for many.

The skin around our eyes is amongst the thinnest on the body, so it’s only natural that it shows signs of skin “deterioration” first. And while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution—due to factors like aging, lifestyle factors, and genetics—the good news is you don’t need to shell out on expensive treatments to keep the skin around your eyes hydrated and healthy.

Here are just a few ways you can help minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes—without breaking the bank.

Stay hydrated

Did you know dehydration can amplify the look of sullen, dark, or dull under eyes? Upping your water intake and hydrating from the inside out can help (plus it’s good for the rest of your body, too).

cleanse make up remover

Use a gentle makeup remover

Your under-eye skin is extremely thin, delicate, and sensitive, so any rubbing or pulling can cause it to react. A cleansing oil like the Cleanse Makeup Remover ($20) will gently melt away makeup without irritating the skin.

Get rest & manage stress

Beauty sleep is real—science proves it. A regular, restful sleep schedule is known to decrease stress levels and give your body time to rejuvenate. To help give your under-eye skin its best chance, get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night. 

renew eye serum

Reach for the right products

When choosing an eye serum or cream, look for ingredients that are known to reduce puffiness, brighten, and moisturize the skin. Our Renew Eye Serum ($32) is a fan favourite for good reason: It’s formulated with anti-inflammatory turmeric, skin-softening yarrow, and vitamin C-rich pumpkin seed oil to naturally moisturize, soothe, and restore a youthful appearance to the delicate skin around your eyes.

Protect your eyes

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable part of any skincare routine—and that goes for your under-eye area too. When applying your daily SPF, dab a small amount around the eyes in the morning and wear sunglasses outside to shield your delicate eye area from the damaging effects of harmful UV rays and avoid making dark circles worse.

Remember: There’s nothing wrong with under-eye bags, puffiness, or dark circles—but if it’s a cause for concern for you, simple at-home tips like these can help you minimize their appearance. And if, after trying everything, you still aren’t seeing results, it might be time to check in with your dermatologist.

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