A few days ago I was talking with a girl who complained about her dark circles and was seeking advice how to fix the problem. As dark circles around the eyes are also my problem since a long time, I decided to dedicate them this post:)
I researched a lot concerning this topic and found out that instant solutions with creams doesn’t work because the problem has its roots somewhere else, deeper, in our emotive state that affect our organs. When our emotions are in balance, the whole body is in balance too and thus working properly.
According to Chinese medicine dark circles becomes visible due to poor kidney function. The whole under eye area is related to kidneys, liver and stomach. Dr. Mo from the Acupuncture school online says:
“Dark circles are a sign of imbalances in the body or the psyche. As the saying goes, the eyes are “the windows of the soul” and as such mirror our physical health. A person’s eyes hide many secrets. Chinese medicine practitioners say that the eyes are related primarily to the energy of the liver (“liver manifests itself in the eye”). A poor functioning of the liver causes pain or tingling in the eyes. When the liver is forced to make great efforts, the eyes redden, become surrounded by dark circles, or become overly sensitive to light. Emotions, stress, suffering and advanced age have a great impact on the proper functioning of the liver and thus may negatively impact the aspect, and more importantly, the proper functioning of the eyes.”
Moreover, when the skin is not moisturized enough, dark circles tend to show more. The skin under the eyes is extremely thin and sensitive and so it has to be treated gently. If possible massage the around the eye area with gentle circular motions. You will improve the blood circulation and increase the lymph flow. Avoid chemical creams on the area around the eyes, since that area is extremely sensitive. I suggest to use organic creams, with antioxidants and coffee extract like 100%pure organic coffee bean caffeine eye cream. Most of all, drink a lot of pure water and provide hydration to your body, so that it will eliminate quickly the toxins from your body.
How to cover dark circles?
After applying the under-eye cream, gently massage the area around the eyes. Then you need to cover the dark circles. However, make-up won’t fix the problem, which has to be cured on a deeper level. But it will just visually brighten and enhance our sight. Choosing a corrector in shades of our skin won’t cover dark, usually bluish/brown/violet circles. They have to be neutralized with an opposite color corrector. Try to choose a corrector in peach or salmon tones (orange based) which is the opposite color of blue. If your dark circles are more violet, conceal them with a yellow concealer. This way you will neutralize the dark circles that will “disappear”. If needed, you can then continue with applying your liquid foundation. Tap gently a small amount of concealer with a soft synthetic brush and blend well. When applying put the concealer exactly on the dark area and not around. Because of the thin skin, I suggest to use liquid or creamy and hydrating concealers, with a light texture. Some of them comes in a pen form, with a brush incorporated, which is very handy.
Green make-up favorites:
Ingredients such as cucumber, white tea extract and buckwheat wax calm tired eyes and reduce puffiness. The added benefit of avocado and sunflower oil gently nourishes the delicate eye area. Unique twist pump dispenser makes application quick and easy.
An eye treatment as well as a concealer containing conditioners such as jojoba esters and avocado oil, both high in vitamins A, C, D and E. Contains green tea extract, a potent antioxidant. Use alone or brush minerals on top. Creamy texture glides over the skin and dries to a silky finish. Each shade may be used separately, or blended to better match complexion.
Green make-up tip: If you have time and will, there is the old but effective meted of putting cold slices of raw potato or cucumber on the closed eyes for 15 min. Tired eyes will be soothed and circulation will be enhanced. Another quick remedy is putting a teaspoon in the freezer and then put it under the eyes.