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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
OK I'm really sick of the dark circles under my eyes. It seems that no matter what sort of concealer or foundation i use, they're ALWAYS there.

I've been using one under eye cream that was suppose to help wrinkles in addition to dark circles, but after 3 months, there hasn't been a change.

Has anyone used any creams or fixins of any kind to help reduce the dark circles?
post #2 of 29
Isn't that what cucumbers help for?
post #3 of 29
I've tried a lot of stuff, if you find anything that works, please let me now.
I don't have just circles, I have dark bags

Getting old ain't fer wimps
post #4 of 29
This is the concealer i've been using lately for my eyes/etc- it's AWESOME! You should try it!
http://www.neutrogena.com/CosmeticsD...roductLineID=4


If that doesn't work for you though, Merle Norman also has a really good under eye concealer
post #5 of 29
i hear if you steep chamomile tea bags a few minutes in hot water then refrigerate them and put them on your eyes, it helps. i can't vouch for that because i've never tried it but this stuff TOTALLY works! i use it every day, couldn't live without it!! benefit "boing" ....it's won a million awards of best concealer in the "allure" and "instyle" best products search and it seriously lives up to the hype! a bit pricey but it lasts foreverrrrr. a little goes a very long way. if one application doesn't work, a good trick (and this works well with any concealer) is, after you put on a light application, dust very lightly with your loose or pressed powder then apply another application. then follow with your base (if you wear it). you have to be extremely light-handed or it will look heavy but there's something about the layering that really does the trick.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/produc...ategoryId=5333
post #6 of 29
I kinda have that too - they say now its more of a heriditary thing then anything else.
post #7 of 29
It is genetic in my family - the blood vessles under the skin are closer to the surface under the eyes, and the skin there is paper-thin.

I joke that the bags under my eyes are carrying suitcases, and I NEVER try to hide them.

Your very best bet is to simply try to get more rest. Take comfort in the fact that you are alive to complain about the dark circles under your eyes. It really is a little thing when you think about how much worse off you could be.

For example, I would much rather have dark circles/bags under my eyes than: ____________________(fill in the blank.)

I found that my list got quite long, so I stopped caring about the darkness under my eyes and learned to appreciate the good things about my face: I can see, I can smile - with BOTH sides of my face (having experienced two bouts of paralysis from Belle's Palsy, this means a GREAT deal to me,) I can blink, I can wink.

Lines, wrinkles, blotches - they are all marks of a life well-lived. Embrace your dark circles, for they prove that your blood continues to circulate through your veins.

OK, wow, that was a bit preachy, wasn't it! I'll go away now...
post #8 of 29
You'll never be able to cover up dark circles with standard cover up and foundation. You need to use a colour corrective concealer such as those found at these links:

http://www.cosmetics4less.net/acatal...ler-guide.html

Smash Box

http://search.ulta.com/cosmetics/Red%20Concealer

Green gets rid of ruddiness in the skin. Blue will conceal the dark circles and blemishes. Mauve evens out the overall skin tone.

I don't wear make up very often but when I do I always use a colour corrector in problem areas first, then apply my regular cover up over top and then my foundation.
post #9 of 29
Slice one small piece off of a potato, and cut the slice in half. Put each slice under your eyes and leave them under your eyes for 20 minutes.
post #10 of 29
I have this problem also, I could sleep for 20 years and they don't go away I don't worry too much about them cause they never look obvious in pics, I don't wear concealer, just foundation
post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hmmm...thanks for your suggestions!

I don't know if its hereditary...non of my siblings, or my dad, my mom has them, but not as bad as I do. They could be more allergies...the only time I didn't have them was my first and second year in college...where there were no animals.

Yes, I understand that I'll still live with dark circles, but *sigh* its not easy being a perfectionist I obsessed about ridiculous things.

Maybe I'll try the cucumbers first...we have some in our back yard. and then work myself up from there.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Hmmm...thanks for your suggestions!

I don't know if its hereditary...non of my siblings, or my dad, my mom has them, but not as bad as I do. They could be more allergies...the only time I didn't have them was my first and second year in college...where there were no animals.

Yes, I understand that I'll still live with dark circles, but *sigh* its not easy being a perfectionist I obsessed about ridiculous things.

Maybe I'll try the cucumbers first...we have some in our back yard. and then work myself up from there.

make sure the cucumbers are cold!

ps: you cat is gorgeous!

pss: are you getting married? i saw the "bridezilla in training" comment on your profile. congratulations!!
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by leesestyle View Post
make sure the cucumbers are cold!

ps: you cat is gorgeous!

pss: are you getting married? i saw the "bridezilla in training" comment on your profile. congratulations!!
Thanks! I'll let Luna know

Yes the plans are still set for next summer. Unfortunatley though I have to get a new slogan...I can't get Bridezillas out here...Comcast doesn't carry the WE network here I wrote them wondering how I can be a true Bridezilla without viewing them
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Hmmm...thanks for your suggestions!

I don't know if its hereditary...non of my siblings, or my dad, my mom has them, but not as bad as I do. They could be more allergies...the only time I didn't have them was my first and second year in college...where there were no animals.

Yes, I understand that I'll still live with dark circles, but *sigh* its not easy being a perfectionist I obsessed about ridiculous things.

Maybe I'll try the cucumbers first...we have some in our back yard. and then work myself up from there.
There are lots of reasons for dark circles. However regardless of the reason for having them, the darkness results from the capillaries under the skin...like a bruise. Age and thinning of the skin is also a factor because as we age our skin becomes thinner and the capillaries beneathe are more noticable.

If you are looking to treat the dark circles instead of covering them up with make up, then pick up a tube of "Preparation H". It's not just for bums! It's a vasoconstrictor which means that it will shrink the veins and capillaries in the area it's applied making them less noticable. You can also use it on your visible legs veins. Just gently pat on a small amount under the eye being careful to avoid the eye itself. Don't rub! Rubbing stretches the skin. And if you are more comfortable with rubbing than patting, use a very light touch, like a butterfly
post #15 of 29
Our doctor calls them "allergy shiners." He said that dark circles under the eyes are due to allergic reactions. I had never heard that before, but maybe it's something to look into.

When our daughter got two spider bites (she's very allergic to ordinary spiders) the skin under her eyes went really dark, it was pretty scary! After some Benadryl, the swelling of the bites when down and the dark went away.

If you are continually exposed to an allergen, you could have perpetual dark circles. Hope this helps.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
There are lots of reasons for dark circles. However regardless of the reason for having them, the darkness results from the capillaries under the skin...like a bruise. Age and thinning of the skin is also a factor because as we age our skin becomes thinner and the capillaries beneathe are more noticable.

If you are looking to treat the dark circles instead of covering them up with make up, then pick up a tube of "Preparation H". It's not just for bums! It's a vasoconstrictor which means that it will shrink the veins and capillaries in the area it's applied making them less noticable. You can also use it on your visible legs veins. Just gently pat on a small amount under the eye being careful to avoid the eye itself. Don't rub! Rubbing stretches the skin. And if you are more comfortable with rubbing than patting, use a very light touch, like a butterfly
My mom uses that trick and I must say it works wonders for her. I've never tried it but I have the same problem. The bags and circles make it look like I'm constantly tired even when I get a ton of sleep.
post #17 of 29
Cucumbers or teabags
post #18 of 29
I've had dark circles since I was in my teens (maybe earlier, I just don't remember). Doctors have said allergies cause them. My sister has really bad allergies and really bad dark circles, so there may be something to it. I've never been able to successfully conceal them, but I find that if I use a slightly darker shade than my foundation, it helps some. Frankly, though, I've gotten to an age that I don't care very much about it.
post #19 of 29
Are you anemic? I'm severely so; the doc told me the dark cirlces can be a sign of it. I use a liquid concealer, but it never totally conceals them. I also have deep sockets in that part of my eye area, so I think this it the problem, too.
post #20 of 29
I thought I was the only one with dark bags under my eyes! Mine are awful!! It bothers me that everyone else can see them also because I don't wear makeup. I can sleep all I want and it doesn't go away. I've been using Lacome High resolution eye creme. It's suppose to be one of the best.
post #21 of 29
So glad this topic was posted! I also have dark circles under my eyes. Makes me look tired all the time. I am going to try all of the suggestions above. Just wondering if there is a cosmetic surgery for this? I am to the point where I would almost try anything. I do know that a ton of new face creams state that they help this. Avon sells a $50.00 one that you get the tinest little container of cream I have ever seen. Not sure I want to throw that kind of money away until I know it truely works.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by MargeCat View Post
Are you anemic? I'm severely so; the doc told me the dark cirlces can be a sign of it. I use a liquid concealer, but it never totally conceals them. I also have deep sockets in that part of my eye area, so I think this it the problem, too.
Normally I would say its a good possibility...but since B is diabetic I get my daily intake of eggs, beef, poultry, and pork...so I should have a decent level of red blood count.

B and I were talking and his thoughts are that I could have slight iron deficiency. I really think that its more allergies. When we brought in Whitey 2 years ago that's when I noticed the change.

I wonder if I took some OTC Claritin if that would help???
post #23 of 29
Trust me. Go spend $10.00 on a tube of Preparation H and use it under your eyes. It really does work because it shrinks the capillaries beneath the skin, which is the cause of dark circles.

Why spend $50.00 on "hope in a jar" creams from expensive cosmetic companies when the answer is in a tube of cream available at your local pharmacy? If you are embarrassed to tell anyone you use "Preparation H" then don't tell anyone. It will be your own private beauty secret.
post #24 of 29
Allergies also can cause circles under the eyes my son's and my allergist said.
post #25 of 29
I use tea bags Steep a couple of tea bags in boiling water for a few minutes, (I use English breakfast tea, Earl grey if you want it to smell good) take them out of the water and then put them in the fridge to cool right down. A face mask and those tea bags on your eyes will feel gooooood. Works a treat for me at least. I've always got dark circles too, but the tea seems to help.
post #26 of 29
Uggg, I have chronic dark under eye circles. I use a stick concealer form Neutrogena specifically for dark circles. It work pretty good.
post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 
I started using a nasal solution that sort of helps. Its just like water spraying into my nose.

I'm almost certain their due to allergies. I haven't washed the pillow cases in a while and my circles have been getting worse.
post #28 of 29
I've had dark circles under my eyes forever. Lots of great tips here. I'm going to try a few out.
post #29 of 29
Had a classmate who is in the performing arts tell me that the Prep H method is a makeup trick used in the theater. I would try this. At least you know it won't hurt your skin and it doesn't cost much
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