HOW TO DEAL WITH DARK CIRCLES & PUFFY EYES


The eyes are one of the first things we notice about one another, so it's no wonder so many of us want target this area with our skincare. At The Glowtocol, we get many questions wanting to know what the best eye cream is to target dark circles, fine lines, puffiness around the eyes or all of the above.

What's important to understand is that topical skincare can only do so much for these concerns. When it comes to treating the eyes, it can be helpful to think outside the box and take a more holistic approach. Read on for some of our best tips to do so.

TIPS FOR TREATING DARK CIRCLES & PUFFY EYES

1.) Understand the factors you can and can't control

As is true of all skin health but especially of the eyes, genetics play a significant role. These are the things we can't control, as some people are simply more predisposed than others to issues such as dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. If various products and eye creams haven't worked for you in the past, this may be why. We may never be able to completely eradicate these issues. We can however, see improvement with proper care and lifestyle choices that promote overall skin health.


2.) Look into lifestyle triggers

The good news is that because our eyes tend to reflect our overall health, sometimes it only takes a few minor lifestyle tweaks to see a difference. Some factors we can control that contribute to dark circles are getting enough sleep and drinking enough water. For puffy eyes, we can be mindful of things like intake of salt or toxins and even our sleeping position, all of which can contribute to fluid retention.


Other factors that can play a role are our hormones and certain allergies. While these things may be more difficult to control, you may be able to work with a doctor or other health practitioner to treat them and see improvement.


3.) Know about ingredients that target eye concerns

So the big question is, do you need an eye cream? It depends. Although eye creams are not a total necessity, a good eye cream that is targeted to treat the delicate skin of the eye area can be very beneficial for addressing specific concerns.


For dark circles, vitamin c, vitamin k, licorice root and certain peptides are good ingredients for minimizing their appearance. For puffy eyes, ingredients like white tea and caffeine can help with swelling. And for fine lines and wrinkles, look to bolster the skin with active ingredients like peptides and hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.


4.) Invest in a facial roller

Whether you want to avoid another product in your daily routine or take your eye care to the next level, roller tools are wonderful for treating the eye area. Not only does a cold tool work to soothe tired eyes and puffiness, but additionally the rolling motion will help to infuse products and key ingredients.


If you don't have a cold roller, you can easily turn a gemstone roller into a cold tool by chilling it in the refrigerator or freezer. If you don't have either, a cold spoon also works wonders.


5. Incorporate other facial massage into your routine

Because dark circles and puffiness can have a lot to do with the accumulation of fluid beneath the surface of the skin, facial massage is the perfect antidote. Facial massage encourages circulation and lymphatic drainage which are critical to flushing out toxins and keeping the skin rejuvenated.


In our experience, facial massage can do just as much as any product, as it promotes natural brightening for the skin. It can help open the eyes and release facial tension that contributes to creating fine lines. We recommend incorporating a few minute of facial massage into your routine at least once, if not a handful of times per week for best results.

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