Too little sleep and too much stress literally leave their mark on your face. But how do the dark shadows actually come about? In fact, dark circles under the eyes are a result of poor blood circulation in the vessels: If lymphatic circulation is restricted due to too short nights, tissue fluid can accumulate under the soft skin. But dilation of the blood vessels can also cause dark circles to appear under the eyes. There are also other factors such as the advancing aging of the skin and UV rays, which promote wrinkles and bags under the eyes. Proper eye care becomes even more important as you get older, for example with special care creams or eye pads.

In contrast to ordinary care creams, eye pads have a cooling effect on the skin – this means that they can not only combat dark circles and minimize bags under the eyes, but also counteract skin aging. In addition, they provide the skin with moisture and give tired eyes a real boost of freshness. This is made possible by the active ingredients it contains, such as hyaluronic acid and collagen – both of which are also found in many anti-aging products.

These products are recommended:

In order for eye pads to have their full effect, you should clean the area around your eyes before using it for the first time to remove all traces of make-up. Then proceed as follows:

Another tip: It’s best to store the eye pads in the refrigerator (especially in the warm summer months) to intensify the cooling effect.

Even before eye pads conquered the market, there were already effective home remedies for dark shadows under the eyes. The most well-known include these three:

Green teaIt contains valuable antioxidants and tannins: Green tea can help combat dark circles quickly and effectively. To do this, take two finished tea bags and let them steep in warm water for a few minutes – then put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before placing the bags on your (closed) eyes for ten minutes.

Cucumber slices Cucumbers also have a cooling effect and counteract dark circles under the eyes by reducing possible puffiness and making dark shadows disappear. In addition, cucumber slices moisturize the skin – you just need to put them in the fridge before use and then on your closed eyes.

Coconut oilIt’s no longer a secret that coconut oil is good for skin and hair. In fact, very few people know that its active ingredients can also help against dark circles under the eyes: rub the moisturizing oil gently onto the swollen areas of skin and, ideally, let it absorb overnight so that it can have a more intensive effect.

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