dark under eye circles

A few days ago I was talking with a girl who complained about her dark circles and was seeking advice how to fix the problem. As dark circles around the eyes are also my problem since a long time, I decided to dedicate them this post:)
I researched a lot concerning this topic and found out that instant solutions with creams doesn’t work because the problem has its roots somewhere else, deeper, in our emotive state that affect our organs. When our emotions are in balance, the whole body is in balance too and thus working properly.
According to Chinese medicine dark circles becomes visible due to poor kidney function. The whole under eye area is related to kidneys, liver and stomach.  Dr. Mo from the Acupuncture school online says:

“Dark circles are a sign of imbalances in the body or the psyche. As the saying goes, the eyes are “the windows of the soul” and as such mirror our physical health. A person’s eyes hide many secrets. Chinese medicine practitioners say that the eyes are related primarily to the energy of the liver (“liver manifests itself in the eye”). A poor functioning of the liver causes pain or tingling in the eyes. When the liver is forced to make great efforts, the eyes redden, become surrounded by dark circles, or become overly sensitive to light. Emotions, stress, suffering and advanced age have a great impact on the proper functioning of the liver and thus may negatively impact the aspect, and more importantly, the proper functioning of the eyes.”

Moreover, when the skin is not moisturized enough, dark circles tend to show more. The skin under the eyes is extremely thin and sensitive and so it has to be treated gently. If possible massage the around the eye area with gentle circular motions. You will improve the blood circulation and increase the lymph flow. Avoid chemical creams on the area around the eyes, since that area is extremely sensitive. I suggest to use organic creams, with antioxidants and coffee extract like 100%pure organic coffee bean caffeine eye cream. Most of all, drink a lot of pure water  and provide hydration to your body, so that it will eliminate quickly the toxins from your body.


How to cover dark circles?

After applying the under-eye cream, gently massage the area around the eyes. Then you need to cover the dark circles. However, make-up won’t fix the problem, which has to be cured on a deeper level. But it will just visually brighten and enhance our sight. Choosing a corrector in shades of our skin won’t cover dark, usually bluish/brown/violet circles. They have to be neutralized with an opposite color corrector. Try to choose a corrector in peach or salmon tones (orange based) which is the opposite color of blue. If your dark circles are more violet, conceal them with a yellow concealer. This way you will neutralize the dark circles that will “disappear”. If needed, you can then continue with applying your liquid foundation. Tap gently a small amount of concealer with a soft synthetic brush and blend well. When applying put the concealer exactly on the dark area and not around. Because of the thin skin, I suggest to use liquid or creamy and hydrating concealers, with a light texture. Some of them comes in a pen form, with a brush incorporated, which is very handy.


Green makeup favorites

Jane Iredale Active Light® Under-eye Concealer 

Ingredients such as cucumber, white tea extract and buckwheat wax calm tired eyes and reduce puffiness. The added benefit of avocado and sunflower oil gently nourishes the delicate eye area. Unique twist pump dispenser makes application quick and easy.

CircleDelete® Concealer #2 – Peach

An eye treatment as well as a concealer containing conditioners such as jojoba esters and avocado oil, both high in vitamins A, C, D and E. Contains green tea extract, a potent antioxidant. Use alone or brush minerals on top. Creamy texture glides over the skin and dries to a silky finish. Each shade may be used separately, or blended to better match complexion.

Green makeup tip If you have time and will, there is the old but effective meted of putting cold slices of raw potato or cucumber on the closed eyes for 15 min. Tired eyes will be soothed and circulation will be enhanced. Another quick remedy is putting a teaspoon in the freezer and then put it under the eyes.

0 comment on How to: Correct dark circles under the eyes

  1. alittleteteatete
    May 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm (12 years ago)

    I’m going to have to try this! And, what beautiful colors… I really want to get into green makeup.

  2. Élodie
    May 12, 2011 at 8:42 am (12 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this post! Very helpful. I will test it as soon as possible! And once again, your blog is fantastic! 🙂

  3. green makeup
    May 12, 2011 at 8:48 am (12 years ago)

    Thank you both girls for nice comments:) I’m glad the post is useful:)
    Elodie, if you want any info where to purchase this products in France, let me know.

  4. Sheen
    May 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm (12 years ago)

    This is a wonderful post and very insightful for including the underlying causes. Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Melissa Jaynes
    May 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm (12 years ago)

    Great tips!

  6. Lynn
    March 2, 2012 at 5:29 am (12 years ago)

    Oh,I finally find it here!Thank you so much for the tips!My darkeye cricles color is between brown & violet.I do have bad habit,which is drinking less water.And worse,I have sinusitis which makes me allergic to dust.They all only increasing dark eye circles.Not to mention the stress,lack of sleep,ugh..wish I can meet you in person so that you can see my dark eye circles make up problem -__- Anyway,do you know 100%pure issue about their preservative:grapefruit seed extract?(GSE)..

    • green makeup
      March 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing the issue about the GSE. I have just heard rumors, but I don’t think is a very serious thing, because the grapefruit seed extract is known as excellent with anti-microbial properties. I remember we drank the extract and disinfected fruit& vegetables with it years ago. It was also very helpful to fight candida,…And still now is very popular for those things. But I will follow the issue about it anyway:)

      • Lynn
        March 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm (12 years ago)

        The thing is..it’s not the seed that has antimicrobial properties:(.It’s merely due to the synthetic preservative agents contained within(to preserve the seed).This is one of the link:

        Oh,did you drink the seed extract?or the fruit extract?I’m interested in to,since I disinfect my fruits with vinegar..

  7. green makeup
    March 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm (12 years ago)

    Yes, we drink and disinfect the fruit with organic grapefruit seed extract for years. The problem is not in the grapefruit seed but in the pesticides inside of it that are added later, if the grapefruit is not organically grown. It is proven that organic grapefruit has potent antimicrobial properties. It’s very helpful even when you travel a lot in parts of the world where you find a lot of bacterias in water,…It has helped many people from bacterias and other problems. This is the point where you have to listen your intuition and body if something is ok or not, because especially in these days many corporations will do as much as they can to refute everything that is natural, because of the fear to loose their privileges. Here is a small article from Akamuti where I buy the grapefruit seed extract which is excellent and really helpful: http://www.akamuti.co.uk/products/new/organic-grapefruit-seed-extract-50ml/
    I checked the link, thank you! If 100%pure was using non-organic grapefruit…then is very possible that they found inside non-natural substances…Hope they won’t start to behave like a corporation…Anyway, thank you for your nice collaboration and sharing your thoughts with me 🙂

    • Lynn
      March 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm (12 years ago)

      You’re welcome:) I always LOVE to share and talk about this green and clean cosmetic issue.It’s true that many corporations will do as much as they can do to refute eveything that is natural. But sometimes even the natural ones will try to do the same to their competitors:D Including that Japanese Honeysuckle extract which actualy contains parabens. Anyway,I understand if you drink the grapefruit.But the seed?Why?:O
      Is it bitter?

      • green makeup
        March 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm (12 years ago)

        I totally agree on what you said about that fear related competition issues between companies.
        Yes, we drink the grapefruit seed extract (a few drops) in water. It has a really bitter taste, but it is beneficial. For me this is quite old knowledge that I found many years ago while browsing through some studies about this extract by a doctor and even some other non-profit scientists that discovered this. I’ve discovered it and used it a lot many years ago when I had a bad bacteria(E.coli) in my body that caused me a lot of problems and this helped very much at that time. In short: Grapefruit Seed Extract is believed to kill bacteria including enterococcus, & staphylococcus as well as viruses, which antibiotics may be unable to treat. Grapefruit seed Extract can also be added to mop buckets, as it is a natural disinfectant. However, if I will find more about I will let you know, if you want.


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