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How to get rid of dark circles under your eyes – 5 easy steps

Say bye to your under eye blemishes

Written by Liv Grady

March 19, 2021

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Everyone has a problem with dark circles, some of us only get them when we are tired and others face the dreaded shadows on a day to day basis. Whether they are a result of your complexion, sleepless nights or stress, dark circles have been a universal beauty faux pas since the beginning of time.

All the makeup we apply and skincare routines we religiously carry out, are designed to reduce the appearances of blemishes and tiredness, but sometimes a bit of concealer just doesn’t cut it.

By reducing dark circles from the cause, you will make your makeup routine a whole lot easier. No more baking, no more concealer that is three shades too light and no more constant top-ups throughout the day.

Are dark circles permanent?

No! Some people are more prone to getting dark circles, due to the pigment of their skin and a number of other factors. However they can be reduced or increased due to your lifestyle and certain steps in your beauty and skincare routine.

Girl wearing eye mask for dark circles

What are easy ways to get rid of dark circles under your eyes?

  1. Take a look at your diet
  2. Wear sunscreen
  3. Drink water
  4. Get sleep
  5. Use products

Surprisingly, the easiest way to reduce dark circles, isn’t through expensive products or treatments. You can make a few simple lifestyle changes that will have a great impact on your skin and the appearance of your under eyes.

1. Take a look at your diet

Diet can have a huge impact on your appearance and quality of skin. A change in what you eat will not be an instant fix to your circles, but will definitely help over time. Specific fruits and vegetables contain an antioxidant called lycopene. This can boost your circulation and protect your blood vessels (the source of your pesky dark circles). Foods containing lycopene include tomatoes, blueberries, oranges and beetroot.

2. Wear spf or sunscreen

Now we know that literally ANY person in to skincare will preach about the importance of incorporating SPF into your daily routine, but there is definitely some truth to it. Sun exposure is one of the main causes of damage to the skin, so apply every day and protect sensitive areas (such as under the eyes) from harsh UV rays.

3. Drink more water

Dehydration can amplify the appearance of skin blemishes. Try and drink a few litres a day to keep your skin hydrated and fresh. It may seem a simple solution, but that’s because it is. Your skin will thank you later, trust us.

4. Get more sleep

We all know dark circles look worse when you are tired. This is because when we are sleepy  or stressed, blood circulation in the eye slows down, leading blood to pool in the capillaries, this causes the appearance of your circles. In order to get a better sleep routine, try minimising your screentime before bed and sticking to a routine of at least 8 hours a night.

Struggling to maintain your routine? Take a look at our tips for improving your sleep routine in lockdown.

5. Use under eye products

Some of us are just prone to dark circles. No matter how good our sleeping pattern and diet it, those pesky circles just don’t seem to go away. So it’s time to fake it until you make it. Try under eye masks to reduce puffiness and lighter concealer products in your day-to-day makeup routine. If you want to save a bit of money, you can use teabags or ice to reduce the blemishes under your eyes.

Shop our fave under eye products

Opt for the Missguided Beauty Meet Your Match concealer, or try introducing gel under eye masks into your skincare routine.