How to get rid of dark circles and eye bags

The tricks to looking like you’ve finally had a full night’s sleep!

For some of us it may be late nights and early mornings, or maybe it’s dehydration and for others it’s just something we’ve always had.. dark circles and eye bags, common issues both women and men face. Looking tired and worn out is no one’s beauty ideal, let’s discover how to look fresh faced and reverse those droopy eyes!

Why do we get dark circles?

There are numerous reasons you wake up with bags under your eyes. Smoking, eating salty food, drinking alcohol, regularly sleeping on your stomach and taking certain medication can all lead to under eye bags. Even removing your eye makeup too quickly – nay, harshly – can result in under-eye circles.

‘Rings under the eyes often run within a family and can be down to skin type. Anyone can get dark circles, however, hyper-pigmentation under the eyes is especially common in Asian skin because dark-skinned people have more melanin (the pigment which gives skin its colour) than light-skinned people. This is sometimes known as periorbital melanonosis.’ – Dr Mahto, a consultant dermatologist.

Simple steps to reduce eye bags

It’s a no-brainer that sleep will reduce bags under your eyes – cue references to ‘beauty sleep’.

Try adding an extra pillow under your head and sleeping on your back. When you sleep on a thin pillow, or on your front, fluid pools under your eyes, causing that area to darken and look puffy.

Staying hydrated is also important if you want to keep eye bags at bay. When your body is dehydrated, it responds by retaining as much water as it can.

Don’t forget that your under eye skin is the thinnest on the body too, so any trauma will cause inflammation and bruising.

When you’re taking your makeup off, soak a cotton pad in eye makeup remover and gently press onto your eyes for two minutes before wiping downwards.

If you apply a lotion, moisturiser or serum to your under eye area, use your ring finger — it’s the weakest of your five.

Treatments for dark circles

The Venus Freeze treatment is an excellent option to treat dark circles. The combination of radio frequency for the production of collagen and the magnetic pulses to promote healing and improve blood and lymph flow can have excellent results, making the eye area lighter and brighter.


Natural remedies for dark circles

Tea bags

Caffeinated tea contains natural tannins and is a diuretic, so it’s capable of shrinking blood vessels. Soak two tea bags in warm water, and then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes.

Vitamin C

promotes collagen production and blood circulation, so eat foods packed with vitamin C, like broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, cabbage and peppers.


This micromineral is critical for producing hemoglobin, which helps red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout your body. Add dark leafy greens, seafood and beans to your daily diet


If all else fails, reach for the concealer and fake it until you make it! Let us know if you have any other tips or how you got on with the suggested solutions!