The classic home remedy of tea bags has been used to treat under-eye bags for years. The caffeine provided by the tea constricts the blood vessels around the eye, reducing puffiness, while the tannins help to decrease swelling and discolouration. Good for removing dark shadows, this treatment is best used when you’re out of product and need a quick fix. Just place two used tea bags in the refrigerator for half an hour before applying to closed eyes for 10 minutes.
What can you do? Topical retinoids may help lighten the look of dark circles, Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in NYC, tells SELF. She says that using a prescription retinoid will help “thicken the skin and increase cell turnover,” which will make the underlying darkness less visible. Experts also recommend creams and serums with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin production, plumping up the skin and pushing it away from the pooled blood. Antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E can help to lighten dark under-eye circles. Try Insta Natural Eye Serum ($18) which is packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides and caffeine. Products with caffeine can also help “wake up” tired looking eyes by constricting visible blood vessels.
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