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How to make dark circles disappear

If you want to look well-rested—like, eight-full-hours-of-beauty-sleep-rested—but your dark circles are saying otherwise…then you’ve come to the right place. The reason for your aubergine under-eyes? Well, there could be many. Physiologically—the skin around your eye area is much thinner than on the rest of your body, which means you can see the blood vessels more easily. Could also be a result of hyperpigmentation (which is a bit trickier to treat) and genetics (thanks, Auntie Gina). Lack of sleep, stress, ageing, dehydration and other health issues (including low iron and allergies) can also exacerbate the problem. The good news is there are plenty of simple ways to treat, conceal and correct them. We’ve called upon MECCA’s Director of Education, Jacob Stanley (whose under eyes are always radiant) to share exactly how it’s done.

Send me to sleep

No surprises here, a lack of sleep is definitely a contributing factor. When you neglect those ZZZs—from late nights, stress, jet-lag etc—the blood vessels under the eyes dilate and appear darker under the skin. Tired eyes, can also be puffy eyes, so try and make sure you get those 8-10 hours. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray will help lull you into the land of nod and Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is like a double shot of espresso when you wake up, brightening and de-puffing the eye area and downplaying your dark circles so you can look bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Pump up the volume

Like most skin concerns, dark circles get more noticeable with age (eye roll). As we get older our skin starts losing fat and collagen. As a result, the skin gets thinner making the underlying blood vessels more pronounced. “Use eye creams and serums that keep the skin well protected, and also contain ingredients that will increase the density and volume of the skin (retinol is excellent for this, as is vitamin C),” says Stanley. “If the skin is thicker, it’s less translucent (and also looks firmer and more youthful).”

Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream

Miracle workers

“I have seen the La Mer The Eye Concentrate work wonders for customers, and also Bright Eyes from Goldfaden MD,” says Stanley. “Both products use ingredients that improve blood circulation, so there’s less stagnant, pooled blood under the skin. And they simultaneously eliminate cellular inflammation and stimulate cell turnover AND collagen production, so the skin has greater volume”.

Here comes the sun (advisory)

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again. SPF is the single best thing you can do for your skin and that goes for under-eye circles too. UV exposure stimulates melanin production, increasing pigmentation. It can also weaken the fragile skin under your eyes, leaving capillaries vulnerable to breakage which will show up as those dark shadows we know too well. Mecca Cosmetica To Save Eyes contains SPF 30+ to help prevent sun damage and contains a shot of caffeine for extra brightening power.

A good patch-up

A brightening eye mask is the MECCA HQ go-to for dark circles. Our #MECCAmade Bright Eyed Eye Mask feels instantly cooling on tired eyes and provides an instant hit of hydration. Liquorice root extract works to brighten the skin and red flower extract reduces the appearance of fine lines and puffiness. Pro tip: wear them while applying eyeshadow to catch any fallout.

Conceal the deal

When it comes to making dark circles disappear, Stanley says you can’t go past colour correctors. “Usually peachy or yellowish tones do the best job of cancelling out the blueish, purpleish tones, and do a lot of the heavy lifting, so you can then apply less concealer than you ordinarily would, and get a better effect,” he says. When you do get to concealing, use a brightening formula such as NARS Radiant Creamy or Mecca Cosmetica Light Saver Brightening Concealer. Stanley recommends using a lighter shade than your foundation to liven up your under-eyes. “Don’t only apply concealer to where the dark circles are (that often looks too obvious)—blend it out across the high planes of the cheek (we call this the triangle of light). I also set the concealer with a subtle, luminous powder—Dim Light in the Hourglass Ambient Light collection is perfect for this—just use a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush to press the powder into the concealer.”

Words by Romy Erdos
January 2018

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