Undereye circles can be a nightmare. While there are tons of products to treat and cover them, it would be so much better if we could prevent them in the first place. In a recent post on her app and website, Kim Kardashian West shares her tips on how she deals.
“I’ve always struggled with dark under-eye circles. As I’ve gotten older, I have to make sure to get enough sleep, practice a good skincare routine, stay out of the sun, and stay hydrated to combat puffiness and discoloration,” she writes.
And she even shares advice from her dermatologist, Harold Lancer, on how to get rid of — and prevent — dark circles. Since the area around the eye is so delicate, it’s extremely prone to aging before the rest of your skin. “Dark circles can be shadows cast by puffy lids, hollowness that occurs when one ages, thinning of skin that then makes blood vessels more obvious,” the reality star writes on her app. And even too much fun in the sun could be to blame. “The sun signals melanin production, which causes pigmentation,” she continues. Unfortunately, the marks could just be hereditary, in which case you have to treat rather than prevent.
If they don’t just run in your family, though, there are a few things you can do to stop them before they happen. One is to simply change your sleeping position. “Do you tend to lie on your side or on your stomach? Either of these positions can cause your face to fold into the pillow and put strain on the skin around your eyes,” writes the KKW Beauty founder. “To avoid this, try to sleep on your back; it doesn’t just benefit your face, but other areas of your body, like the chest, from potential wrinkles.”
You can also sleep with an extra pillow when your eyes are puffier than usual, as “elevating your head will get the fluid to move away from your eyelids.”
And don’t forget to drink up — water, that is. “This means tracking your salt and alcohol intake, as these substances cause water retention and swelling. For every alcoholic beverage you consume, drink a glass of water alongside it,” the mom of two says.
Her last tip might require a little retail therapy. According to Kardashian West, “One of the easiest things you can do to prevent the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles under your eyes is to invest in sunglasses.” Make sure you carry them with you, even on cloudy days. “Even when you least expect it, the sun can come out from behind the clouds and cause you to squint, so having a pair of sunglasses on hand will prevent you from being exposed to the sun’s blinding rays,” says Kardashian West.
And if you’re working on concealing your pre-existing dark circles, Kourtney Kardashian has previously also shared her hacks.
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