Skin care for me is something I don’t skimp on. You can catch me in forever 21 or H&M clothes, but you will never catch me cutting corners and going cheap on skincare. I think spending money on good face creams and facials is an investment you won’t regret and you’ll be thankful when you are 70 and still look 45! I think our skin is the most important thing and why not be proactive and get ahead of wrinkles, lines, and sun damage. This is why I can’t stress ENOUGH the importance of sunscreen. Sun damage causes aging, wrinkles, sun spots, the list goes on and on so don’t mess around and layer on that sun screen. Thankfully the beauty industry has created amazing self tanners and body makeup. Ang and I both love a good self tanner and I am not against using my body makeup to make my legs look tanner. Lastly, if you are some of those people using a tanning bed you need to STOP, not only to help your skin from aging, but because of the scary thing called skin cancer. If you want to read more about skin cancer and why protecting your skin from the sun should be your #1 priority click here. Ok…. back to the post!
As I’ve gotten older I have realized my dark circles under my eyes are getting darker and darker. I take skin care seriously (as you heard above) and I decided I wanted to get ahead of this problem and start treating it. I started doing some research and talking to beauty experts and came upon these 5 items (I need to reorder the 5th one) that have helped me get a grip on my dark circles. I have been using both serums for about 4 weeks now and I have noticed a huge difference. I wish I would of taken photos a few weeks ago. I have always used an eye cream, but decided it was time to add in some other ingredients to help fight the dark circles. If you have problems with dark circles like me I have outlined some items you should be adding to your regiment or double checking your eye creams to see if these ingredients are listed.
Eye Cream 101
Hyaluronic Acid- Keeps skin plump by helping retain water under our eyes and works as a wonderful moisturizer. The truth is everyone looks better with hydrated skin, so the first step for your eye cream is make sure it is hydrating!
Vitamin C- Vitamin C has antioxidants and antioxidants are so good for the skin. They help banishes dark circles by increasing the amount of collagen in your skin, which plumps and tightens your skin. It also helps protect skin against sun damage, and we all know what sun damage does…. ages skin and make your dark circles look even darker.
Peptides- Peptides can boost collagen productions, it is good to start using peptides around your late 20’s to early 30s when you see your skin isn’t as firm as it used to be. I personally am not ready for botox just yet so peptides help with smoothing out wrinkles. They also help with firmness and keeping your skin looking young.
Caffeine- Caffeine’s ability to constrict small blood vessels and reduce inflammation is an asset in a number of eye creams. Caffeine helps minimize dark circles and sagging skin under the eyes. It not only constricts blood vessels to reduce redness it also reduces puffiness, which is perfect.
My Dark Circle Combat Cocktail:
Janssen Eye Cream– Smoothes and protects. I use this every night and sometimes during the day. This is the ideal treatment also for dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal– I use this at night, Vitamin C is great for your skin. But once it’s exposed to light it breaks down, so you should be using your Vitamin C at night. I got this product at Target, and it can be used all over the skin not just under eyes.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum– Ok so this is an expensive serum, and I’m sure if you did some research you could find something more affordable, but I love it and for me it does the trick. This serum has everything, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. I use this every morning and sometimes at night. I not only use this under my eyes, but I use it my forehead. I am a brow furrow-er, so I have some deep lines happening. I have also noticed this eye serum has been helping these lines as well. Make sure to let it dry before putting on eye cream or your daily SPF face lotion.
100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream– We know the benefits of caffeine not only to help wake us up in the morning, but for also waking up our skin. I put this eye cream on after my Trish McEvoy serum, to help reduce redness and get rid of those dark circles. I get this off of amazon and I seem to burn through it.
Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener – Ok so this is the best under eye concealer I’ve ever used. I use a different concealer for blemishes and reserve this just for under my eyes. I love how smooth it goes on and the coverage it gives. I did a little tutorial for you guys below on how to apply concealer. This triangle technique has made a huge difference in the appearance of dark circles.
How To Apply Concealer To Eliminate Dark Circles
Ok folks… disclaimer I tried to take some photos, but it was a little odd taking tutorial photos and grouping them together. But hey you guys have been asking for tutorials and doing a video is just way to far out of my comfort zone. So we will start here and you get your first makeup tutorial. I discovered this triangle way to apply concealer a few months ago and I have noticed such a difference. The triangle shape helps off set the circle shape of your dark circles. I use a brush to get into the corners then after I am done with the brush I take my index finger and blot and blend it in so the concealer isn’t stuck in your fine lines.
This felt like I was writing a report for school so much info, but it is important to know what you are putting on your skin.