Dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles are not what we want to see when we look in the mirror in the morning.
There are many reasons for their appearance: genetics, lack of sleep, dehydration, poor diet, hormonal changes. But most often, these imperfections are the result of daily external influences on the skin. There’s action we can take.
Here are some effective ways to dry skin under eyes, but they require regular treatment. They only take 1 minute each.
1. Daily anti-wrinkle massage
A simple massage can quickly reduce morning puffiness and help prevent wrinkles.
- Start by placing your ring fingers on the bridge of the nose, under the superciliary arches. Make smoothing movements toward the temples.
- Then move the fingers to the area under the eyes and make smoothing movements from the inner corner of the eye to the temples. Repeat 10 times.
- We place the ring fingers under the superciliary arches in the area of the bridge of the nose and with light tapping movements we move towards the temples.
- Now we repeat the same motions and move our fingers to the area under the eyes, starting from the corners of the eyes and moving towards the temple. Repeat 10 times.
- Gently press the points between the inner corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose with the pads of the forefingers. Repeat 10 times.
- Apply an eye cream or light oil during the massage.
2. Quick exercise for puffy eyes
This quick movement stimulates the blood circulation, drains away excess fluid, works the muscles and improves the elasticity of the skin.
- Close your eyes for 5 seconds. Relax. Repeat for 10 repetitions.
- Gently stretch the skin by placing your index fingers on the corners of your eyes.
- Open and close eyes completely. Repeat 10 times.
- We open our mouth in the shape of the letter “O” to stretch the cheekbones, making movements with the pupils up.
- Then we bring our gaze back and look straight ahead as if we were trying to look at our eyebrows.
- After a few movements, look up and feel how the muscles under the eyes are tense. Repeat this 10 times.
- Press your index fingers on the outer corners of your eyes and your middle fingers on the inner corners, near the bridge of your nose.
- Hold the skin lightly, look up and squint your eyes slightly, feel the muscle tension.
- Hold this position for 3 seconds and relax. Repeat the exercise 10 times.
3. Vegetable ice for puffy eyes and dark circles
Using the right herbs can also help reduce puffiness and dark circles.
- Internally: Shepherd’s purse decoction is considered one of the best remedies for swelling, but you should only buy it at a pharmacy and consult your doctor if you have problems with the genitourinary system.
- Outside: Use ice cubes made from herbal decoctions to tighten the skin and warm compresses to reduce swelling.
- Parsley, sage, and lemon balm decoctions are ideal for freezing.
- Chamomile, mint, and lime are good warm decoctions.
- You can use contrasting compresses: divide the decoction into warm and cold and apply to the eyes alternately.
4. Vitamins A, C and K for dark circles and wrinkles
Vitamin deficiency can affect the condition of the skin under the eyes. However, you should consult a doctor before taking vitamins.
That is why you can use vitamins from the outside – in cosmetics and oils. The most important vitamins for the skin around the eyes are
Vitamin K. Makes the capillaries near the skin’s surface less visible. It is used to prevent the appearance of age spots and bruises, and reduces swelling.
Vitamin C. Used to combat dark circles because it protects against ultraviolet light and the free radicals formed after exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Vitamin A. An excellent remedy for wrinkles and dark circles because it speeds up cell metabolism, increases collagen production, and has antioxidant properties.
5. Applying cosmetics with cream active ingredients for dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles
It is worth paying attention to the composition of cosmetics for the skin around the eyes, as some substances directly affect the problem.
Kojic acid. It brightens thin skin areas by blocking the process of melanin synthesis.
Caffeine. Reduces the number of wrinkles by improving vascular tone, supporting cell membranes and optimal water balance of the skin. Drainage effect helps to significantly reduce swelling.
Epidermal Growth Factor. This protein slows down the aging process of skin cells by triggering natural processes; one of its properties is to reduce the severity of dark circles and wrinkles through skin regeneration.
6. Oils for wrinkles and dark circles
If you are not allergic to oils, their use may be worth a try. Before applying any oil, test your skin reaction on the crease of your elbow. If all is well, you can add a drop of oil to your daily eye cream.
- Important: Essential oils should never be applied directly to the delicate skin around the eyes – you can burn yourself. Pure oil can only be applied if it is a base oil.
- Almond oil, lavender oil, rose oil, eucalyptus oil reduce wrinkles, firm and tone the skin.
- Moisturize and nourish – castor oil, avocado oil, peach oil, patchouli.
- Castor oil, sea buckthorn oil, fennel oil, sesame oil, linseed oil reduce pigmentation and protect from ultraviolet light.
The best time to use moisturizing and nourishing oils is during the cold season, and the best time to use UV-protective oils is during the hot season.
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