What can I do daily to reduce dark circles under my eyes?

Quick Fixes for Dark Circles

Let's say you've managed to lighten your dark circles with behavioral changes, a healthy diet and the right skin products. But one morning, after a late night out or for no apparent reason at all, you look in the mirror and see a zombie staring back at you. There are a few quick fixes you can try -- and if they really deliver results, consider incorporating them into your daily routine.

  • Soothe puffiness by placing chilled spoons, cucumber slices or any other cold item over your eyes. The low temperature can reduce swelling [source: Levitt].
  • Place cotton pads soaked in witch hazel, a natural astringent, over the eyes [source: Lavinthal].
  • Encourage fluid drainage by massaging your eyes from the inner to outer corners and toward the temples [source: Lavinthal].
  • Soak two teabags in warm or hot water, then allow them to cool before placing on the eyes. Caffeinated teas reportedly cause the blood vessels to constrict, fading away dark circles [source: Lacey].
  • If all else fails, there's always concealer. Illuminating formulations, which contain light-reflecting particles, can help the area under the eye look fuller and brighter, says Dr. Wechsler. If you have under-eye bags, though, only apply concealer below them, since covering them up can actually accentuate them [source: Bailly].

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