Dark shadows under the eyes make us look tired and sickly. But what can be done about the dark circles? Here are the best home remedies, creams, and makeup tricks to remove and prevent dark circles.
Whether it was a night of drinking, a cold, or simply predisposition – dark circles under the eyes can have many causes. No matter where they come from, we want to get rid of the nasty shadows under the eyes! Because a radiant eye area looks so much fresher and younger than a cloudy panda look. In addition to numerous creams that promise to prevent dark circles and lighten existing shadows, several home remedies should perk up tired eyes.
We have compiled the best tips and tricks against dark circles. But before we take up arms against shadows under the eyes, we clarify which causes can be behind the dark circles. Because depending on where the shadows under the eyes come from, different methods or products help get rid of them, regardless of whether a night of drinkingor simply predisposition – dark circles can have many causes. No matter where they come from, we want to get rid of the nasty shadows under the eyes! Because a radiant eye area looks so much fresher and younger than a cloudy panda look.
What are the causes of dark circles under the eyes?
To find the right treatment for dark circles, it is important to get to the bottom of them. The color of the dark circles provides information about what is behind the shadow.
Bluish or purple dark
Circles Dark circles that appear bluish or purple are particularly common and usually have a harmless cause. The skin around the eyes is four times thinner than the rest of the face – just half a millimeter thick. The fatty tissue that plumps up our skin so nicely in other areas and makes it look youthful is almost completely missing here—the result: the blood vessels beneath the thin surface shimmer through in blue or purple.
Therefore, everything that takes place in the skin in terms of processes is first visible in the eye region. Anyone who stresses their body through too little sleep, alcohol, or an unhealthy diet will receive the receipt in the form of dark circles under the eyes.
Under the eyes, There are also dark circles under the eyes caused by hyperpigmentation of the skin the eyes. Means: A lot of melanin, an endogenous brown to black pigment, is stored in the skin. For example, melanin is also responsible for the color of moles. Dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation can arise, for example, from UV radiation, i.e., sunbathing.
What can be done against dark circles?
There are a few tips and strategies you can use to remove dark circles. Here comes the most effective:
1. Avoid stress
That sounds banal, but it’s true: To remove or weaken dark circles, you should first avoid all stress factors. Because stress can intensify shadows under the eyes.
Book tip: “Serenity at the push of a button: overcome fears, cope with stress, and just be happy!”
2. Eat a healthy lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle helps to keep the eye area fresh and youthful. This means, above all:
- adequate sleep,
- a healthy, balanced diet. Healthy, balanced .
- Regular exercise.
3. Drink enough
Another important factor in the fight against dark circles: drink enough! You should drink at least 1.5 liters of water (better more) to moisturize your skin from the inside out.
4. Clarify other causes
If the shadows under the eyes persist, it should be clarified whether they have other causes:
- an allergy,
- Deficiency symptoms such as B. an iron deficiency
Dark or brown circles under the eyes caused by UV radiation can be prevented with sun blockers or sun creams with a high sun protection factor.
But a dark eye area can be innate. In this case, eye brightening creams are a great choice. They counteract hyperpigmentation and make the dark circles appear lighter.
Remove dark circles: which home remedies help?
In addition to a healthy lifestyle, several home remedies can help remove dark circles:
1. Cool, cool, cool
If you often wake up with puffy eyes and dark shadows, you should pack a teaspoon in the freezer in the evening. Because cooling is the magic word against dark circles. Breathe on the cold spoon briefly (it shouldn’t be too icy) and then place it on your eyes. The cold causes the blood vessels under the eyes to contract, and the dark circles appear less pronounced.
Tip: Special cooling masks against dark circles work even better.
2. Slices of cucumber against dark circles
When the eye area is moisturized, it appears fresher and less slack. Well-chilled cucumber slices are a cheap and quick moisture booster. Put it on your closed eyes for several minutes.
3. Treat dark circles with tea bags
A tip against dark circles that Grandma already knew is tea bags with green or black tea. Very important: The tea must not be flavored, as flavorings can cause allergies and skin irritation. The substances in natural tea, especially tea, stimulate the lymph flow and make the eye area appear fresher.
This is how it works: Pour boiling water into the tea bags, take them out again and let them cool down. Then for a few minutes on the closed eyes place.
Creams & Co: What helps against dark circles?
Home remedies or not – sometimes we need tougher weapons to get rid of those nasty dark circles:
1. Eye creams for a more alert look
Special eye creams are particularly effective against the tired eye area. So that they can develop their full anti-aging and moisturizing effects, you should store them in the refrigerator, apply them in the morning and evening and pat them in carefully.
By tapping it in, you also stimulate blood circulation and lymph flow. It is best to use your ring finger to avoid knocking too hard in the sensitive eye area.
Cooling eye creams with an anti-aging effect are also practical. Our favorite is the dye matrix eye cream from Biotulin, which reduces bags under the eyes and dark circles. Thanks to its formula of active ingredients such as cannabis oil and hyaluronic, it optimally smooths the delicate skin around the eyes and supplies it with moisture.
2. Eye pads against dark circles
Our insider tip if you have to go fast: eye pads! They plump up the skin, provide it with moisture, and make it glow. They are also super easy to use.
We were particularly impressed by the hyaluronic eye pads from the natural cosmetics brand Annemarie Börlind.
Extra tip: If you want an even stronger anti-wrinkle effect, you should use collagen eye pads. The “Collagen Eye Mask” by New Body has a top rating on Amazon, a whopping 5 out of 5 stars. It couldn’t be better!
Have dark circles removed: Injections at the Beauty Doc
If all home remedies and creams do not help, the possibility remains of having the shadows under the eyes removed by the beauty doctor. A popular method is the injection of hyaluronic acid into the dark circles. The effect: the eye area appears plumped up and fresher. The procedure takes around 15 minutes and is minimally invasive. Means: No surgery is necessary.
In addition to hyaluronic acid, there is also the option of injecting your own fat into the dark circles. Since autologous fat comes from the body itself, this method is considered to be even better tolerated. Autologous fat injection reduces dark circles under the eyes – the skin appears plumped up and less translucent.
What does it cost to have the dark circles removed?
Injection with hyaluronic acid costs around 180 euros, depending on the clinic. According to the portal for aesthetic surgery, M1, the result should be visible for around 4 to 6 months.
Cover dark circles: With these instructions, it works!
Creams have not completely removed the dark circles, and an injection is not an option? No problem! Because the make-up box holds a few miracle cures that can be used to cover dark circles. We explain step by step how you can make shadows under your eyes disappear with make-up.
1. Cover dark circles: cream
First of all, you need to moisturize your eye area. Put some eye cream on your skin and pat it in. Important: Before you start to cover your dark circles, the cream should be completely absorbed.
2. Cover dark circles: a primer
If you have very dark circles that you want to cover, you should use a primer. It smoothes the small wrinkles around the eyes, makes the skin velvety, and prepares it for make-up. Primers with tiny shiny particles are particularly practical. They reflect the light and make the dark circles look a little brighter.
Tip: If you want to use the foundation to make your complexion more, even, you should apply it after the primer.
3. Cover dark circles: Color Corrector
Color correctors are THE secret weapons for optically removing dark circles. The term “color corrector” means textures similar to camouflage or concealer in different colors. With them, you can make dark circles disappear according to the principle of color theory.
Important: Choose the color of the Color Corrector according to the shading of your shadows under the eyes:
- Purple: Compensates for pale pallor.
- Peach-colored: Conceals bluish circles under the eyes or small veins.
- Yellow: hides purple circles under the eyes.
- Pink: Conceals dark/brown circles under the eyes.
- Green: Conceals red circles under the eyes or red spots.
Apply the Color Corrector under the eyes like a normal concealer and pat it in with your fingers or a brush.
4. Cover dark circles: concealer
After the color corrector, the concealer follows. It gives your eye area luminosity and ensures an alert look. The concealer is optimal when it is a shade lighter than your foundation. Apply in a V-shape under the eyes and pat in. Another tip: Powdery concealers cover dark circles well but also have a slightly drying effect. The younger and smoother the skin around the eyes, the more powdery the concealer can be.
On the other hand, dry skin, which may already have slight wrinkles, needs concealer with a liquid texture because it is richer. It would help if you refrained from using waxy concealers even with small wrinkles. Otherwise, they would settle in the wrinkles and only emphasize them.
5. Cover dark circles: Setting Powder
The disadvantage of liquid concealer: It quickly settles in the wrinkles around the eyes, thereby emphasizing them. To prevent this, there is a professional trick: the so-called baking.
After applying the concealer, loose powder, so-called setting powder, is dabbed in a thick layer under the eyes with this make-up method. This works particularly well with a dry make-up sponge or a special beauty blender.
Important: You shouldn’t be too shy when baking. The powder layer has to be really thick. Wait a few minutes after application and then carefully remove the excess powder with a large brush.
The effect: the powder plumps up the wrinkles and ensures that the concealer bonds perfectly with the skin.