So many of us feel plagued with dark skin under the eyes. It is the first thing we see when we look at ourselves in the mirror. We worry about aging prematurely and become discouraged because dark circles tend to be hereditary. We assume there’s no way to overcome them. This is false. There is a lot we can do to eliminate, or at the very least improve, this disheartening state of complexion affairs.
We…become discouraged because dark circles tend to be hereditary. We assume there’s no way to overcome them.
This is false.
- Sleep. It may be easier said than done, but the better we sleep, the better our skin, including the under eye area. We encourage clients to cleanse before bed because, in addition to improving the skin, it helps us wind down from the day. Read, meditate, do whatever you have to to calm down before bed—except watch the news.
- Drink Water. Drinking water is critical for the delicate under eye area. Because this skin is so thin, lack of hydration shows very quickly. Drinking Alkaline water is especially good for the complexion and the body and tastes delicious. If you are not a water drinker, start with a small glassful on the hour until your body gets into the habit. Not only will you see a difference in the fine under eye area, pores and skin, you will feel better too.
- Be Gentle. Cleansing thoroughly makes a huge difference, especially around the eyes, and should always be done with a kind hand. Being too rough often results in jagged lines around the eye. Never cleanse with a washcloth or dry the face with a towel. Instead, rinse the face gently with a 100% cotton pad wet with distilled water and allow the skin to air dry or blot dry with an unscented kleenex. You’ll see the difference immediately.
- Take Lukewarm Showers. Bathing with hot water takes a big toll on our complexion. When you shower with hot water, you’re actually cooking your skin, making the area around the eyes look prematurely parched and aged. It is just not worth it.
- Eat Your Greens. Dark leafy greens such as kale and collard greens are full of vitamins that improve the under eye area. Raw is good, but you can also steam or sautee them in Cold Pressed Apricot Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil; all are delicious and excellent for the skin!
- Cool Compress. If your eyes are puffy, soak a cotton pad in either distilled or alkaline water and place it in the freezer for a few minutes. Then, place the cotton pad on the eye area for a few minutes and then off for a few minutes. Repeat three times.
- Avoid Allergens. Puffiness in the eye area can be due to exposure to allergens such as perfume or fabric softener. If you love perfume, spray a mist in front of you and then walk through instead of applying it directly to the skin.
- Remove Eye Makeup. Make sure all makeup is completely removed, especially eye makeup. After removing the makeup with eye makeup remover, cleanse any leftover residue with 100% cotton wet with distilled water.