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How to Get Rid of Dark Spots Under Your Eyes

author image Leigh Shan
Leigh Shan has been writing about beauty, health, fitness, home and small businesses since 2007. Her work has been published in "The Queens Courier," "Queens Business Today" and "The Real Deal" newspapers, as well as "The World Scholar" magazine. Shan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Fordham University in New York City.
How to Get Rid of Dark Spots Under Your Eyes
Apply a cold compress to constrict blood vessels and lessen darkness under the eyes. Photo Credit seanika/iStock/Getty Images

Dark spots under your eyes can be caused by a range of factors, including age, genetics and even seasonal allergies. Regardless of how they got there, chances are you just want them to take a hike. A few adjustments to your routine, combined with some clever coverage solutions, will have you saying goodbye to those pesky dark spots in no time.

Step 1

Get proper sleep. Being well-rested with at least eight hours of slumber each night can decrease under-eye puffiness and dark circles. While sleeping, prop an extra pillow under your head to help with circulation and ensure that blood does not pool near the eyes. To lessen dark circles in the morning, apply a cold compress to the area for five minutes to constrict the blood vessels.

Step 2

Avoid alcohol and salty foods, which can cause your body to retain water and result in dark puffiness near the eyes. Replace these culprits with plenty of water, fruits and vegetables.

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Step 3

Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, because sun damage can cause the delicate skin near your eyes to spot and wrinkle. Amp up your sun protection when outdoors by wearing sunglasses that protect against ultraviolet rays.

Step 4

Apply an over-the-counter topical eye cream containing bionic acid or retinol, ingredients that treat hyperpigmentation and help to even out your skin tone.

Step 5

Use makeup to conceal. First apply a color-correcting primer to moisturize the area and neutralize discoloration. Then dot a liquid foundation that matches your skin tone under your eyes and blend. Finally, dust on pressed powder to set.

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