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In order to treat your circles properly, you first need to know what's causing them. Dark circles may be due to pigmentation, blood vessels or an effect of the shadow of the tear through [the muscles and ligaments near the eyes on either side of the nose]. If you pull the skin under your eyes taught and the circles seem to go away, your issue is likely the effect of a shadow.
If not, your circles are likely blood vessels. As you age, your skin gets thinner, making red and blue vessels show through. If your circles don't look red and bluish though, pigmentation could be the cause of your circles.
Treat dark circles caused by pigmentation
If your dark circles are caused by pigmentation, you can treat the area with topical retinoids, hydroquinone or laser treatments
Treat dark circles caused by visible blood vessels
If your dark circles are caused by visible blood vessels, look for "anything that vasoconstricts," to help reduce the darkness, Waldorf says. Caffeine is the most common ingredient found in skin care products that fits that bill
Treat dark circles caused by shadows
If shadows are causing your dark circles, you can fill the area between the bridge of your nose and the inner corners of your eyes (the tear through) with fillers. Beyond that, there isn't much you can do with skin care products to lessen the shadowy effect. However, all dark circles look worse when your skin is dry, so improving the texture of your skin with proper moisturization is important
Camouflage dark circles
Step 1: Massage on an eye cream in a circular motion with a cool fingertip to improve circulation. Step 2: Use a firm tapered brush to apply creamy concealer that's half a shade lighter than your skin and slightly peachy in tone over the dark areas. Avoid shades that are too light or cool in tone or the area will look ashy. Also, don't forget to cover the darkness on the inner corners of your eyes.
Step 3: Tap a fingertip over the concealer to further blend it into your skin.
Step 4: If your eyes appear very sunken in and shadowy, apply a luminizing cream or powder over the concealer to make the area pop and appear brighter.
Puff is usually caused from one of two things -- "swelling from fluid shifts," causes puffiness that comes and goes and "the protrusion of the fat pad," causes persistent puffiness
Reduce temporary puff
Apply a cool compress for 10 or so minutes to temporarily puffy eyes to deflate them. Follow the compress with an eye cream that contains caffeine to further deflate the area.
Reduce constant puff
If your eyes are constantly puffy due to a significant protrusion of the fad pads under your eyes, you will only get major improvement with surgery or injections -- creams and home remedies just won't cut it.
Step 1: Run your fingertips under cool water, dry them off then apply a cold eye gel or cream (keep your eye cream in the fridge for extra depuffing benefits). Press the puffy area with your cool fingertips in a circular, clockwise direction.
Step 2: Apply illuminating concealer in the half moon shape that surrounds the puffy area -- you want to "pop out that indention,"
Step 3: Draw attention away from your eyes by dusting pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. Step 4: Curl your lashes and groom your brows to open up your eye area. Also, avoid wearing dark shadow or liner on your eyes, it will make them appear smaller and more tired