They often get our day off to bad start and we spent a lot of time and effort trying to get rid of them: but dark circles and puffiness afflict many of us. What causes them and how can you reduce them? Discover our tips for refreshed and bright eyes!
Dark circles and puffiness: what causes them?
Dark circles correspond to a hollow in the area under the eyes which forms a shadow. They can become more noticeable due to lack of sleep, which makes them look darker and deeper, stress, as well as alcohol and tobacco which dehydrate the skin.
Dark circles are also caused by ageing of the skin in the eye contour area: the skin structure becomes fragile, which leads to poor circulation and blood vessels loaded with accumulated pigments become visible below the skin.
Puffiness, on the other hand, corresponds to an accumulation of water under the eyelid, associated with a slackening of the skin. Often hereditary, this phenomenon becomes more noticeable with age, coupled with poor blood circulation. Diet also plays a role, since salty foods can encourage water retention and consequently puffiness around the eyes.
How can you keep your eyes looking refreshed and bright?
The eye contour area is particularly sensitive and fragile. To reduce dark circles and puffiness and keep your eyes looking refreshed and bright, follow these 2 golden rules every day:
1. Remove make-up thoroughly.
Make-up can irritate the skin and cause dehydration, so removing make-up before applying your eye cream is an absolute must!
2. Use an eye cream.
Moisturising is the foundation for beautiful skin, so choose an eye cream with a global moisturising action to make your eyes look refreshed, or opt for a product designed specifically to target signs of fatigue (dark circles and puffiness) or with a perfecting action that uses ‘blur’ effect textures to brighten the eye area.
Bonus: some eye creams even come with a massaging applicator for an immediate refreshing and decongesting effect.
In addition to your beauty routine, lifestyle also plays an important role in the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. So make sure you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet that is low in salt and avoid cigarettes and alcohol.