Utilizing day and night eye creams that are tailored to your specific needs is the best way to maintain healthy, supple under eye skin that’s free of wrinkles and discoloration. A proper diet and adequate sleep and hydration are also key. But if you’re like many people, maintaining every component of an ideal eye care regimen isn’t always in the cards. And when you slack on even just one aspect—whether by failing to get enough sleep, not drinking enough water, or falling asleep with your makeup on—it shows. Here are a couple of tried-and-true emergency tactics for getting rid of dark circles and under eye bags in a snap.
1. Cold Spoons
Keep a couple of spoons in your freezer for the days you awake to discover tired, puffy eyes. After you shower, lie down and gently hold them against your lids. This is a quick and easy way to mitigate the kind of swelling that pops up if you’re retaining water or sleep-deprived, and it will make you feel more awake, to boot.
2. Eye Mask
Quickly rejuvenate overworked, under-rested eyes with a hydrating eye mask, which will deliver an extra-potent dose of wrinkle-fighting goodness. A good one to try: Guinot Instant Eye Mask http://www.dermstore.com/product_Instant+Eye+Mask_9249.htm, a 10-minute treatment that infuses the under eye region with hyaluronic acid to reduce puffiness, dark circles and lines. Application is easy—simply smooth it on clean skin, all the way around the eye contour, including lids, and rinse off after ten minutes. Follow with your normal daytime eye cream.
3. Under Eye Concealer
The wrong under eye concealer could highlight the very characteristics you’re trying to cover up. However, the right product will diffuse fine lines and cover under eye circles by matching the color of your skin—not drawing attention to them by masking them in an off-shade. Reach for a moisturizing product (not one geared toward blemish coverage) in a shade that matches your skin exactly; the idea that a lighter concealer should be used under the eyes is a fallacy.