How-to: Beat Dark Circles

We’re all guilty of overdoing it. Whether that’s not sleeping enough by staying out late, working long into the night on computers or smart devices, up and down with the kids or drinking too much caffeine and not eating enough. Our eyes say it all.

Although dark circles can be due to genetics, bone structure, allergies or sun damage. In general, the cause is a busy lifestyle, lack of sleep and a poor diet.

Eye Care

Eyes are often neglected in a skincare routine, however applying a good eye cream can help alleviate some of the effects of long day or disrupted sleep, helping to hydrate and nourish.

Here our 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser will reduce puffiness and hydrate stressed skin to ease shadows. And all in all banish dark circles to another realm.

But instilling a few preventative measures will also not only help you look better, but will make you feel better too.

Create a Ritual

Creating a bed time ritual not only aids a more restful, and hopefully unbroken, sleep, but it’s also a fantastic destressing tool.

Taking a hot bath with Soothing Body Oil will do absolute wonders. Ideal for those busy, active bodies, it’s calming and soothing formula contains Myrrh to help quieten the mind.

However, to treat the eye area specifically, use Soothing Eye Lotion before bed to cool hot and irritated eyes – keeping it in the fridge for an extra cool boost.

You can even add the eye compresses when in the bath to save some time and relax even further – following up with 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser.


Sleep! Keeping dark circles at bay means making sure you’re getting enough sleep – and by enough, that’s 7 – 9 hours a night.

If you find you have too much energy to wind down effectively, think about exercising or changing your exercise routine to expense some of that excess.

Try incorporating some of the following into your daily routine to help sleep happen more successfully:

  • Keep hydrated – make sure you’re drinking 2 litres of water a day (this could be as an herbal or fruit tea, or an infusion of lemon, cucumber or berries)
  • Reduce how much caffeine you’re consuming – try where possible to have just one coffee a day, when you need it, and not just out of habit. If you can manage it, make it black too.
  • Reduce or eliminate refined sugar from your diet
  • Avoid processed food
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed
  •  Avoid watching TV or using smart devices before bed – we all do it, but do you really need that one last look at Facebook?

Most of all, start thinking about sleep an hour or so before you make the move to bed. This will slow and calm the brain from mental stimulation, and move it into a state of relaxation.

Caro Dooling

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