It has often been said that the eyes are the window to the souls, but it's really hard to get people to look you in the eye when you have dark circles or puffiness serving as a distraction. Puffy eyes and dark circles can be tricky to take care of, but if you have them, then it's a safe bet that you want them to be gone. With that in mind, here some tips that will show you how to get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffiness.
Surgery and injectable fillers should only be used as a last resort. While these procedures are relatively safe, there is always the chance of side effects. Also, they can be expensive and most insurance policies do not over cosmetic procedures. There are several natural methods for circles, bags and puffiness, so try those first.
There is an old wives' tale floating around that says you can treat eye puffiness with hemorrhoid cream (such as Preparation H). The theory is that this will shrink the tissues causing bags or puffiness, and seems to make sense. However, it does not work, and can cause damage to your eyes, so do not try it under any circumstances. But as you will see, there are things that do work.
One of the easiest things you can do is reduce your salt intake. Too much sodium leads to retaining water, and this can add to the puffiness under your eyes. Also, be sure that you are getting an adequate amount of vitamins A, C and E as these are vital to having healthy skin. Getting plenty of sleep is also a vital part of how to get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffiness.
Home remedies for these eye problems include placing fresh-sliced cucumbers or tea bags on the affected area. These work better in some people than others, but at the very least they will be soothing, so they are worth a try.
If the home remedies don't work, then you can look for products at the store. Check the list of ingredients for things like horse chestnut, aloe, ivy, caffeine, tea, cucumber and licorice. The horse chestnut will help improve circulation in the eyes and helps to reduce the dark circles. The aloe will be soothing and also helps to hydrate the skin. Ivy gets rid of the fluid build-up and will decongest the area. Caffeine helps to reduce any swelling. Both cucumber and tea (look for white or green) work to soothe inflammation. Licorice is also soothing and reduces puffiness as well.
The main thing to remember is that there are ways of how to get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffiness. No more will you have to worry about people looking at you funny. Try the above methods and see for yourself what a difference they make in your appearance. Not only will you look better, but you will feel a whole lot better too.