One of the most annoying signs of aging are those dark circles under the eyes that never seem to go away. The skin under our eyes is extremely thin and delicate, which is why we need to give that area a little extra care. Here are five tips for reducing the appearance of dark circles (hint: one of them is a facial exercise) and preventing them from getting worse in the future.
1. Sleep on Your Back
One of the best things you can do to prevent puffiness and dark circles is to sleep on your back. When you sleep on your side or your stomach, fluid tends to collect under your eyes. Sleeping on your back will also help prevent wrinkles on your face, neck and décolletage.
2. Do the Eye Opener Facial Exercise
One of our favorite facial exercises is the Eye Opener. This Facercise boosts circulation in the area to help address puffiness and dark circles. Do your entire Facercise set twice daily for best results.
3. Eat and Drink Right
Reduce the salt in your diet as much as possible, as it causes water retention in the worst places. Excessive sodium intake also hinders circulation, which makes the blood vessels underneath the skin appear darker. Drink lots of plain, cucumber or lemon water. Avoid drinking too much alcohol and eat plenty of antioxidant-rich produce to help combat unsightly dark circles.
4. Quit Bad Habits
Don’t smoke, rub your eyes and try to avoid crying. If you have hay fever or allergies, get medication to treat these conditions.
5. Use Natural Remedies
Make sure this vulnerable area is properly hydrated with moisturizer and then enhance these efforts with natural solutions. Go old school and place cucumber slices or steeped, cooled down tea bags under your eyes for 10 minutes while you relax. Another great trick is to put spoons in the refrigerator for one hour and then hold them gently over the area until the spoons are warm.
Learn more about the benefits of facial exercise.