My spirit animal is a panda, not because they are cute and cuddly looking though… nope. It’s the dark circles that I most identify with *sigh*. Growing up, I always had dark circles and would always get the “you look tired” phrase even when I had a solid eight hours of sleep. Side note- don’t tell someone they look tired, it basically means “you look like shit,” not nice. Needless to say, combating dark circles and the occasional puffiness has been a beauty goal of mine over the years. I am happy to share with you some of the things that have really helped me to reduce dark circles naturally.
Are dark circles caused by your diet?
Sure, they can be, but they can also be genetic and unfortunately, I inherited them from my dad. That being said, your diet (the foods you eat most often) will reflect your outer appearance, i.e. your skin as well.
Some of the most common causes of inflammatory foods for our bodies are things that make up a large portion of the Standard American Diet (SAD). Foods such as dairy, gluten, processed meat, soda and sugar are all at the top of the list. So including foods that are highly alkaline can be a good option. Items like veggies, fruits, some grains, nuts, seeds and limited animal protein are more ideal. If you are curious about learning more about these foods, download my FREE eBook- “Get the Glow: Foods for Radiant Skin” right here!
In a nutshell, certain foods can have an effect on your skin and dark circles. If you suspect that food is the culprit, you can try an elimination diet to see if something is posing an issue for you. Otherwise, it may just be genetic (like me), sorry!
But, there are some really great natural and effective ways to deal with those dreaded panda eyes. Below are my tried and true go-to’s that work!
How to Reduce Dark Circles Naturally: My Go-To’s
100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream: I love this light cream as part of my morning ritual. It contains anti-inflammatory green tea and coffee which help improve the appearance of puffy eyes and brighten dark circles. It is also loaded with anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants which are great for our skin health as well. Rosehip oil also works to help make the under eye area appear more youthful, bright and awake. It is light enough that you don’t need to worry about it being too rich for the delicate area under our eyes, yet it works extremely well. You can also try it out by buying the small version first to see how you like it.
Image above courtesy of: 100 Percent Pure Instagram
100% Pure Eye Mask: This is another great product from 100% Pure. I have only used this for special occasions as they are $9.00 per use, but they work amazingly well, so it is worth it. I used this for when I was having trouble sleeping (blame nerves and anxiety) before my photo shoot. So I used this first thing in the morning when my eyes appeared a little extra puffy and those dark circles a bit more pronounced than usual. I couldn’t believe how well they worked! My under eye area immediately looked brighter and those dark circles a lot less noticeable. These little pads are loaded with aloe, organic teas, coffee, cucumber, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. This results in an extremely potent and hydrating mask that is delivered straight to our skins cells. To use, simply apply to freshly cleaned and dried skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes, I probably left it on for like 25-30. Then remove and gently massage any remaining moisture into the skin, but don’t rinse it off. These little eye masks reduce dark circles naturally and effectively and I couldn’t recommend them enough.
Image above courtesy of: 100 Percent Pure Instagram
Ice Rolling: I got this genius tip from the always amazing, Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential. It is super simple to use and very cost effective. Just leave it in your freezer the night before and then in the morning, take it out and roll it around your face. The cold feels amazing in the summer especially! It helps to de-puff and tighten your face and your pores. It also minimizes redness and swelling. The tightening effect helps with makeup application too, bonus!
Check out my new post all about face rolling and why I love it, over here. It not only helps with dark circles, but overall lymphatic drainage as well.
Cucumber slices: Tried and true, just place some cold cucumber slices over your eyelid area and let that work its magic. Plants are pretty magical and cucumber slices help reduce dark circles naturally and reduce puffiness as well.
Drink lots of Water: Another super simple tip, but essential nonetheless. Ensure that you are drinking enough water and if you want to, load it up with some lemon, cucumber, mint or anything else that makes it fun. When you are properly hydrated, you will naturally help to reduce puffiness and your skin will seriously just glow. Aim to get at least 2-3 litres of water daily.
Green or Black Tea Bags: I like to boil some water and make a tea, but instead of drinking it, I remove the tea bags. Then, I cool them in the freezer on a plate and place them over my eye area to help with puffiness and dark circles. The caffeine and antioxidants help to de-puff and brighten the under eye area. You can also just place in cold water instead of boiling it and then remove them and do the same thing. This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce dark circles naturally.
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So there you have it, my top fave tips to help with puffiness and dark circles from someone who totally gets it. If you have any other faves, let me know how you reduce dark circles naturally?