Beauty SOS: How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

30 October 2013

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Beauty SOS: How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles

This Work’s Perfect Eyes Recovery Cream

“Sleep with an extra pillow- someone once told me this and it actually does work, believe it or not. For when times get really tough, I know I can always rely on [a href="" target="_blank">This Work’s Perfect Eyes Recovery Cream[/a] (£28) which is perfect for my sensitive eyes.”

- Tor Cardona, Grazia's Beauty and Web Coordinator

Complete Eye Renewal Balm by Algenist

"Dark circles are the result of accumulated blood beneath the under eye area, where the skin is very thin and almost transparent, and this thinness allows the blood to show through the skin surface. With age, this under eye area becomes even thinner and the dark circles may become even more prominent. Ingredients that restrict the blood vessels under the eye – such as caffeine - and ingredients that plump skin in order to elevate the skin surface away from the visible blood vessels will help reduce the appearance of dark circles. [a href="" target="_blank">The Complete Eye Renewal Balm by Algenist[/a] (£48) is a contains caffeine as well as the patented Alguronic Acid derived from microalgae which firms and plumps the delicate skin under the eye."

- Paul Deacon from [a href="" target="_blank">Algenist[/a]

Liquorice Tea

“Load your diet with foods and drinks that flush out toxins. Include fennel and kale in your daily diet and aim to drink hot water with ginger, as well as cold water with fresh mint leaves. [a href="" target="_blank">Liquorice Tea[/a] can also help.”

Liz Hambleton, Grazia's Beauty Director

Benefit Bo-ing

"Boi-ing by Benefit (£17.50) is my go to product for dark circles, whether you just need a little touch up or you need to cover up last night’s misdemeanours, it’s the perfect concealer!"

- Clare Potts, [a href="" target="_blank">I Like Tweet[/a]

Liz Earle Perfect Fix Concealer and Liz Earle Light Reflecting Concealer

“I rely on layering [a href="" target="_blank">Liz Earle Perfect Fix Concealer[/a] (£13.50) and [a href="" target="_blank">Liz Earle Light Reflecting Concealer[/a] (£15.50).  They are the perfect combination to eliminate dark circles while also lightening and brightening my face.”

- Rose Beer, Grazia's Beauty Editor

Bodyism Protein Excellence Shake

"Sugar is one of the biggest causes of dark circles and puffy eyes. After a night of even one glass of red wine or a slice of cheesecake it is not uncommon to wake up feeling extra puffy!  Avoiding sugar, especially in the evening is the best way to combat dark circles. Daily movement speeds up our metabolism, cleansing the 'CRAP' from our system as well as increasing the levels of oxygen in the body, helping the shadows to disappear. Even walking to work in the morning will help, so skip the bus and get moving! If you still want a sweet treat but want to dodge sugar, try the [a href="" target="_blank">Bodyism Protein Excellence shake[/a] (£50) for a guilt free way to indulge - the chocolate is delicious!"

- James Duigan, [a href="" target="_blank">Celebrity Trainer[/a]

Filorga Eye Recovery Patches

“I’ve always been a bit sceptical about dark circle products but then I tired [a href="" target="_blank">Filorga Eye Recovery Patches[/a] (£45) and it’s fair to say I am converted. They visibly make dark circles fade and skin feels firm and moisturised at the same time. They are a fixed part of my pre (and post) party beauty regime.”

- Poppy Lara, Grazia's Contributing Beauty Editor

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

"I use [a href="" target="_blank">Kiehl's Midnight Recovery concentrate and eye formula[/a] (£36). The concentrate, which you use a pipette for, is really potent. Three drops before bed and 'ta-dah!'- no puff in the morning! It feels rich without being heavy."

- Monica Beatrice, [a href="" target="_blank">The Elgin Avenue[/a]

Laura Mercier, Secret Camouflage Concealer

"Concealer is just for under the eyes to cover dark circles and brighten shadows. Your concealer needs to be supple and hydrating as the under eye skin tends to be dryer and thinner than the rest of your face. To apply, put some [a href=",default,pd.html" target="_blank">Laura Mercier Secret Concealer[/a] (£26) on the back of your hand, using your hand like a painter’s palette, to control the amount of your brush. You don’t want too much product on the brush as multiple applications of light coats result in better, more natural looking coverage. Apply to the darker under eye areas including the inner and outer corners of your eye and always set with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder right after you have applied.”

- Laura Mercier, Creative Director at [a href="" target="_blank">Laura Mercier[/a]

Whether you've had a string of late nights or are predisposed to a little greyness under the eyes, dark circles are one of the tougher beauty bothers. Needing heavy duty coverage on the most delicate skin on your face sounds like a recipe for disaster, but fear not: we've got a team of skincare specialists, make up artists and nutritionists to give you the lowdown on beating them once and for all, plus some insider tips from our beauty team and some bloggers.

Read on to find out how to tackle dark circles from the inside out...

- By Daniela Morosini of Couture and Crumpets


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