Dark circles and bags : learn how to treat them both

Whether our dark circles and bags are pronounced, hereditary or just temporary, we all want to avoid looking tired and haggard. So here's our plan to get your peepers peachy.

Dark circles vs bags ; what's the difference ?

Both are signs of fatigue and caused by smoking, pollution, alcohol and lack of sleep. They may also be inherited or age-related. However, dark circles and bags are two completely separate issues. Dark circles result from poor circulation that causes blood to accumulate under the eyes and gives the skin a bluey-violet tinge. Bags, however, are due to fat deposits gathering under the eyelids.

What can I do about them ?

Different problems = different solutions. As dark circles are a circulation problem, the solution is to give your circulation a good boost. It's important to fully moisturise this zone, as the skin is extremely thin. So apply an eye contour cream daily, and look for one with active ingredients including caffeine, aloe vera, yeast extract and holly root. Make sure to keep it in the fridge to keep it chilled ; the cold will help boost circulation and reduce any swelling, too. The trick is to massage in the cream to stimulate the skin. Or if your dark circles aren't too pronounced, use a roll-on applicator, which will help to relieve any congestion.  Under-eye bags need a whole other treatment. You new best weapon ? An eye contour mask that will reduce puffiness. Failing that, the age-old trick of placing slices of cucumber or an ice cube on puffy areas will help, too. When it comes to make-up, don't apply thick foundations to dark circles or bags, as they will stifle the skin. Opt instead for a BB or tinted cream. If your circles are very dark, apply a concealer that's one shade lighter than your skin. This will brighten the skin rather than exaggerate the dark hue.  And last of all, adopt a healthier lifestyle and make sure you get plenty of shut-eye to get back your natural glow.