Hi everyone! I been struggling with this ever since I started nursing schools so my eyes are paying for it now. Dark circles can first appear through sleep deprivation. My skin is already pale and skin, so the lack of sleep really makes the blood vessels under my eyes appear darker. In addition, a fluid built up can also lead to swelling of the eyes, which will appear darker. It can also be in your genes and if that happens, the best bet is to prevent it from being darker.
To keep it simple, the secret to getting rid of dark circles and to prevent it is by actually getting a good night rest and lots of water. To be honest, with the lifestyle I chose working in the medical field, I don’t think I can really get a good night’s rest every night so I had to find other ways to reduce the appearance. I prefer to not wear makeup when I am at work but it’s hard when I look like I have raccoon eyes. With the help of these products and a sponsorship with Patchology, my eyes are brighter and look much better. All links below!
Patchology Day Time Eye Patches
When I first got these, I did not use it everyday. I used this in the mornings when I stayed up all night studying or working on an exam so my eyes were so tired and puffy in the morning. I read the reviews before getting it and it said leave it in the refrigerator for a cooler effect so I definitely recommend to do that. My commute to school would be about 30-40mins so I put it on while driving. When I got to school, I would take it off, then massage the rest of the serum on my eyes and I’m good to go! This honestly did de-puff my eyes and reduced the swelling for me. I used to wake up with swollen and very red eyes from being so tired and lack of sleep. I don’t think it helped with the dark circle but it definitely made me look so much more presentable and more awake in the morning! All you need to add is some coffee to really wake you up 🙂
Patchology Night Time Eye Patches
I got sent this half year after I used the regular day time patches and I definitely think these work a little more. At first, I just added it as part of my nighttime routine and put it on while I flossed and brushed my teeth. It’s the same as the day time patches: leave on for 10 minutes and then massage the excess serum into under eye area. One night, I decided to leave it overnight and see how that turned out. I woke up and they fell off my eyes and got lost in my bed (I sleep on the side) but I did feel more refreshed and my eyes weren’t that puffy. As a result, I started to just do this overnight and not use the day time patches in the morning which definitely helped me saved the day time patches when I really needed them.
The Ordinary Caffeine Serum
I used to use eye creams but I felt like it was still pretty heavy for me and did not look well under makeup. I did research and I found this on a Sephora forum. Unfortunately, it’s not sold at Sephora anymore but you can find it on The Ordinary website for $7 but if you don’t want to wait, Amazon sells it for $14ish with prime shipping. I use this with a facial roller (in my previous skincare blog post) day and night to massage this oil into my under eye area. This serum has caffeine in it, which is essential to boost the circulation, which helps drastically with the dark circles and also the puffiness. How to use it: squeeze one drop under each eye and massage with the ring finger in a clockwise motion until it all sets into the skin. To use it with a facial roller, read the following:
Herbivore Quart Jade Roller
I mentioned this in my previous blog about skincare faves and I cannot stress how much I LOVE this product. I linked the actual one below I got from Sephora for $34 but you can find dupes on Amazon for half the price! (see my link below) It has two sizes so the smaller one is perfect for the under eye area. It has a natural cooling effect to it already so it feels SO good when you massage it on the under eye area when it is tired and swollen. You can always add it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect. How to use it: unless you have two jade rollers, do one eye at a time. Add one drop to one eye and then with the smaller side of the jade roller, roll in a clockwise motion. This boosts circulation to the eye area, which helps with the swelling, as well as dark circles.