How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

Dark circles are not caused solely by too little shut-eye/too many tequilas. As {Tata Harper} points out, they can be hereditary and are dependent upon skin thickness (which is why they tend to manifest themselves as we get older, and skin becomes thinner). They can also be attributed to dehydration - the body retains fluid in peculiar places, and under the eyes is one such reservoir - as well as to the accumulation of toxins (which is why hangovers wreak havoc).

Fortunately, we have a comprehensive collection of treatments, tricks and cover-ups, to conceal dreaded 'circles of darkness' (and help diminish them for good).

Treatments to Diminish Dark Circles

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Eye cream may seem like an extra, unnecessary step in your skin care regime, but they're especially important once you hit your 30s. They're formulated differently to regular moisturisers - designed to penetrate delicate skin without irritation, and target those common concerns.

Sunday Riley's {Start Over Active Eye Cream} wages two-pronged attack on dark circles. Stimulating collagen synthesis to 'thicken' skin, whilst liquorice exerts brightening benefit. Verso's {Super Eye Serum} is phenomenal - strengthening skin with its signature 'Retinol 8 Complex' (the rave reviews speak for themselves) - and both Tata Harper's {Restorative Eye Creme} and Odacité's {Eye Contour Booster} rely on a cocktail of all-natural actives, to lessen visibility of shadows.

Tata Harper recommends an every morning 'massage' - be sure you have something between skin and fingertips to prevent tugging - then close your eyes and move your ring finger along the lower eyelid in an arc, from inner to outer corner, then back around the top lid. Repeat 10 times every morning, to increase microcirculation and in turn, send your eye bags packing!

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Tricks to Diminish Dark Circles

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Cryotherapy is brilliant for bags. By 'cooling' the delicate skin, you constrict the capillaries which provokes elimination of toxins - whether due to too much salt or alcohol, lowering cell temperature is an excellent (proven) way to tighten and brighten the oribtal area.

Anne Semonin's {Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes} are designed to be used fresh from the freezer. Just wrap the frozen contents of a pod in a muslin, and apply directly to puffy, sleep-deprived eyes to help you fake wide awake in an instant. Embryolisse's {Eclat du Regard} is a soothing, twist-up stick (it looks a bit like mini Pritt), that can be applied under or over make up, to refresh and illuminate eyes on the go.

The 'little end' of Ying Yu's {Jade Facial Roller} fits the eye contour perfectly - Jade is renowned for its detoxifying properties, is believed to balance fluid and even enhance kidney function. Whether or not you're a believer, rolling a chilled stone under scratchy, inflamed eyes feels rather heavenly (and works wonders).

How To Disguise Dark Circles

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Choose a yellow or peachy concealer, depending on the colour of your shadows. Yellow neutralises blues and purples, while peach works to brighten brown-ish, sallow tones. Both colours can be found in Studio 10's {Age Defy Skin Perfector}, which has a creamy formula for convenient blending (and a long-wearing, crease-resistant finish).

Use your ring finger to gently melt concealer - the heat of your fingertips makes for a beautiful, natural finish. AmazingCosmetics' {AmazingConcealer} is seriously heavy duty - just the tiniest bead will hide a multitude of s(k)ins - and it's water-resistant, so will stay put come hell or eye-water. Alternatively, Kevyn Aucoin's {Sensual Skin Enhancer} can be served 'straight up' for the ultimate camouflage, or 'diluted' with eye cream to grant bespoke coverage. Dust with a lightweight, translucent powder to set. 3 Custom Color's {Translucent Face Powder} is perfect!

Finally, line the waterline with a flesh-toned pencil (white is too stark and unnatural). 3 Custom Color's {Clarifying Pencil} makes tired eyes appear wider - it's an optical illusion that works wonders (and the magic can be worked whilst stuck in traffic on your morning bus). For added benefit - smudge a pale pink shimmer shadow over the entire lid, and apply to the inner corners of each eye. Jouer's new {Crème Mousse} formula in 'Starlight' works a treat.

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