In all my years working in the beauty industry, opinion and recommendations for under eye circles has changed a lot.
There was indeed a time when models wanted dark circles under their eyes (yes, on purpose) because of how smokey and sexy it made them look!
But many fans have asked me how best to conceal them and help ease them.
So if you’re concerned about dark circles, here’s some advice that may help :-):
1. Make Sure It's Nothing 'Medical'!
If dark circles have recently appeared, are present for a while and aren't usual for you then they may be a sign of something going on inside your body.
At HighBorn, we believe, (no, we KNOW) that the inside is as important as the outside and that the best way to cultivate outer beauty is to make sure your whole body is thriving.
So, if you're worried, pop yourself over to your GP and let them make sure it's nothing to be concerned about.
2. Check your stress levels.
Once you’ve ruled out medical causes, do a quick overhaul of how you're treating your body.
Lack of sleep causing dark circles isn’t just an old wives’ tale. It’s scientifically proven!
Dark circles are primarily caused by blood vessels showing through the delicate skin beneath your eyes—so when those blood vessels expand (because your body produces cortisol to keep you awake), those circles look darker.
So make sure you’re getting enough sleep for your body to feel relaxed and rested.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
The skin under your eyes is some of the thinnest on your body—and when you don’t drink enough water, it becomes even thinner.
Most of us walk around mildly dehydrated and don’t even know it—especially if we drink coffee every morning. Make sure you drink ten to twelve glasses of water minimum per day and even more if you drink coffee or alcohol!
And while we're on the topic, drinking alcohol is a FAST way to dry out your skin. Try to reduce consumption to a couple glasses a week—and if you do drink, drink a few glasses of water before you go to bed.
4. Cover delicately!
The skin under your eyes is incredibly thin and delicate. Heavy concealers and foundations will overwhelm this delicate skin, and while they might lighten the appearance of dark circles, they’ll also emphasize whatever texture is there, whether that’s fine lines, deeper wrinkles, or dry skin.
When you use heavy concealers, instead of seeing your naturally gorgeous skin, the world will just see makeup. The “hide and conceal” approach really doesn’t work on the undereye area.
So if you do use concealer here, make sure it’s a light, hydrating formula that allows your skin’s natural radiance to shine through instead of “masking” what’s there. You might find that a natural, slightly tinted moisturizer a shade lighter than usual is more than enough.
5. Try Our Imperial Eye Gel!
It's perfect for helping lighten dark circles, reduce puffiness and let the beauty of your eyes shine through :-)
And, I hope these little tips help you feel you're best.
Dedicated to helping you look and feel fantastic,