Dark circles under the eyes are usually the telltale sign you’re burning the candle at both ends…
Find a great eye cream
Pharmacies’ shelves are creaking under the weight of products that promise to combat dark circles with caffeine, retinol, grapeseed oil, collagen, hyaluronic acid, botanical antioxidants, and whatever other ingredient they can find to constrict the flow of blood to the eyes and ease swelling. Plenty work, plenty don’t, so find one that you’re happy with and add some under-eye moisturiser to your grooming routine.
A solid seven hours is obviously crucial if you want to avoid waking up to a zombie staring back at you in the mirror, and so is the way you sleep. Spending the night on your side or your stomach causes fluid to collect under your eyes (thanks a lot, gravity) — sleeping on your back with a couple of high, firm pillows under your head prevents that puffy look of dark circles in the morning.
And eat right, too
You retain fluid when you’re poorly hydrated, so put down the pizza and chips and pick up some veggies and water to ease puffiness under the eyes. Alcohol also delivers a one-two punch — a night on the drink not only keeps you up late but also dehydrates you — and cigarettes also dry out your skin (not to mention all the other health benefits that come with not smoking). And if your puffy eyes are the result of seasonal allergies, add some standard over-the-counter antihistamines to your diet.
Frozen spoons, cold teabags, cucumbers over the eyes like you see in old cartoons — basically anything cold reduces the swelling that causes dark circles, offering a temporary solution. You can also massage the bags under your eyes to disperse the fluid that’s causing the puffiness, and there’s even an ancient remedy called a neti pot that pours salt water down your nostrils to clear the sinuses . . . if sticking a teapot up your beak sounds like something you’d like to incorporate into your grooming regime.
Avoid the late nights in the first place
At risk of sounding like a nagging mother chirping ‘I told you so’ — or a sex ed teacher promoting abstinence as the only effective form of contraception — the best way to get rid of dark circles is saying no to that seventh cocktail at 1.30am the night before an early morning. Bags under the eyes are caused by a lack of sleep so it doesn’t take Einstein to deduce the solution to that equation.