Avoid the Raccoon-Look: Minimizing Dark Circles

Dark bags under the eyes is never a good look for anyone. But hey, sleepless nights should be expected as a mother. This week, we are going to discuss the causes of these dark circles and how you can best avoid and minimize them – even on minimal sleep.


What causes dark circles?

There are actually a number of causes to dark circles and bags. The skin around our eyes, especially underneath, is the thinnest and most sensitive skin on our body. Your circles may be caused by:

  • Seasonal allergies
  • A cold
  • Sinus infection
  • Not enough sleep
  • Crying
  • Too much salt
  • Smoking
  • Poor eating habits

How can I minimize my dark circles?

To hide those bags, you should use a concealer. This is an instant-fix and can help you cover up the dark circles.

How can I avoid dark circles in the future?

While it is nearly impossible to avoid bags under your eyes at all times, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances. First and foremost, you should always wear sunscreen, as UV-rays can severely damage this skin. You should also try your very best to get enough sleep from here on out, aiming for at least 7-8 hours.

Topical eye creams are a good idea, as well as daily moisturizers. You want your skin to remain hydrated. You should limit your salt intake, as well. Excess salt can result in puffiness under the eyes.

If you are a smoker, it’s time to quit. There are plenty of reasons to quit, and this is one of them. Smoking makes your blood vessels appear darker and bluer.

Last but not least, live a healthy lifestyle! Eat well, especially vegetables and fruit. It is important to make sure you are getting your daily vitamin B12 requirement, too. Lack of B12 can result in dark circles.

If you are 100% sure that your dark circles are due to lack of sleep, then you may just need to slap on concealer and move along, mama. However, keep in mind the various other factors and improve where necessary. Good luck and sound sleeps!

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