I love that I inherited my Dad's sense of adventure--I'm a world traveler, too! I love less the dark circles we share. It seems like when the Patrick clan doesn't get a good night's sleep or suffers with allergies those dark circles become more prominent. Getting rid of those dark circles completely might not be possible but you can fade them. I've got three secrets I use to keep these ugly shadows under control.
I use SPF under my eyes every single day. From January to December, I use a facial moisturizer that contains an SPF of 30 or higher, specifically on my under eyes. Even on days when I'm makeup free, (love those) I dab a touch of cream on my under eye skin. Here's something to remember, you need SPF even if you're indoors most days. Just a little exposure to sun, even from a car window, will trigger melanin production. Keep your under eyes covered!
I use a vitamin K-based eye cream at night. Vitamin K is fat-soluble and produced naturally by your liver. According to Cosmetic Cop, "It is important to note that vitamin K in skin-care products is considered a cosmetic ingredient, not a pharmaceutical or drug. Therefore, cosmetics companies are not required to prove their claims about what they say it can do for skin." Regardless of that little side note, I rely on it and it seems to work for me. I don't use it every night, just when my circles look a little darker than normal. I tap it on before my moisturizer and I wake up with lighter under eyes.
I use a correcting pen before my makeup application. Get rid of dark circles, at least, temporarily by using a correcting pen. This handy makeup tool fades the purple by offsetting it with a pink, peach or yellow tinted makeup. The pen distributes a tiny amount of thick makeup to the area. I use the pad of my middle finger to tap it into the skin. Once it's dry, after about 30 seconds, I apply foundation as usual. Voila! My dark circles are gone!
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