It has been medically proven that redheads have thinner skin and it can result in issues like under eye dark circles. This discoloration can make women (and men!) look aged and tired. There are several reasons that give rise to this pigmentation around the eyes – lack of sleep, genetic factor, aging, illness, fatigue and many more. Many redheads who have fair skin also experience reddish-purple veins showing through on the eyelids and under-eye area. This is caused by superficial blood vessels.
Here are six ways to brighten those under-eye dark circles at home:
1. Concealer: The shade of the concealer should always be one shade lighter than the shade of your skin. After applying your sunscreen and foundation, draw a triangle underneath your eye with your concealer and blend with either a beauty blender, brush or your finger. Once blended, dab a little loose setting powder to the area. This will help lock in the concealer.
Try these ‘redhead friendly’ options: Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial-Strength Full Coverage Concealer & It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
2. Eye Creams: There are a few ‘redhead friendly’ eye creams out on the market that help with hyperpigmentation and reduce irritation. Some creams contain retinol, a vitamin A derivative, helps rebuild collagen and helps firm up the skin. However, be careful when using retinol products as some can cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. We love applying eye creams after toning and before serums and oils.
3. Sunscreen: Right after cleansing (make sure to wash with warm water, and rinse with cool!), apply a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to the under-eye area. This eye area can be very sensitive, so it’s important to protect it from the beast: the sun.
4. Vitamin K: Dark circles can also be reduced with some natural methods, but you have to make sure to do it daily as the results can be achieved gradually. Vitamin K is a great pick because it helps strengthen capillaries and reduce circles. Many times, due to reasons like heredity, pregnancy or sun damage, our capillaries become weak and lead to the development of dark circles. Apply creams containing Vitamin K to the eye area and eat foods containing Vitamin K (found in green leafy vegetables, meats, fish and fruits) two times a day for the best results.
5. Caffeinated Tea: Tea contains natural tannins, which are known to help with reducing eye puffiness. Soak two tea bags in warm water, chill in the freezer for a few minutes and place one bag on each eye for 5-15 minutes, depending on the puffiness of your eyes. This will help the under-eye area look refreshed. Cucumber slices and gel eye masks are two great choices as well.
6. Almond Oil: Apply a few drops of almond oil around the eyes before going to bed. Repeat daily to clear up the dark circles.
Don’t forget to be gentle when working around your eye area, stay hydrated and sleep as much as your body demands.
Rock it like a Redhead!