#3: Wear sunscreen daily
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Following the previous advice to look out for the sun, also make applying sunscreen a daily habit. Sunscreen might arguably be the most valuable anti-ageing product you can use, and not just for your eye area, but your whole face.
There is no proper age to start using sunscreen regularly – in fact, the earlier you start, the better. The effects of sun damage can be readily seen as we get older, with symptoms such as dark spots and freckles. Continued harmful exposure to UV rays without adequate protection will result in melanin overproduction, which can eventually lead to hyperpigmentation and hence, dark circles.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so start using sunscreen regularly if you are not already doing so. Try looking out for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a suitable SPF to protect against UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays.
#4: Minimise salt, alcohol and caffeine intake
To reduce the appearance of dark eye circles and puffiness, it is vital to cut back on the amount of salt, alcohol and caffeine you consume. Avoid salty food, especially at dinner the night before, to de-puff the eyes, as salt (ie. sodium) can cause the body to retain excess body fluid, which in turn leads to puffiness and under-eye bags.
Meanwhile, alcohol also has the same effect as salt; moreover, both alcohol and caffeine cause dehydration, which will make your dark eye circles even more obvious. It is also a good practice to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
#5: Try an eye-roller
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An eye roller is especially useful in combatting puffy eyes, which we often get in the morning. The coolness of the metal roller ball helps alleviate undereye puffiness by shrinking swollen tissues. This is why some people also recommend using a cold compress, chilled teaspoons, chilled tea bags and even bags of frozen peas to reduce puffiness.
Also, remember to be gentle on the skin around your eye area – don’t rub them excessively and be careful not to tug or stretch the skin.
#6: Get enough rest
This one should require no explanation – we all know that when we are well-rested, we look infinitely better, more energised and refreshed. A lack of sleep directly relates to under-eye circles; furthermore, we usually look more haggard, paler and hollow-eyed when we are dead-tired. This emphasises shadows and makes under-eye bags and dark circles even more evident.
A tip for when you sleep: use one or more pillows to keep your head elevated, as this can prevent fluid pools in your lower eyelids, which causes puffiness.
This article first appeared in Female.
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