I’m a big fan of sleeping. I sleep 7 hours minimum every day, I have a good night routine to get my body to relax, I read before going to bed and turn off the phone. I also take naps sometimes – those ones short and regenerating during the middle – afternoon.
It happens: I get under-eye circles. I am human: I get stressed, I wake up in the middle of the night, and my body ends up paying for all of this stress and adrenaline.
However, I also have aces up my sleeve that saves me whenever my under eye circles appear just before an important event –
just like those irritating pimples. Ok, I’m probably stressing right now about hating stress…Ugh.
And you probably know that sometimes even trying to cover them makes them actually worse.
Think of those big darkish bags that have the power to ruin your entire makeup! Well, if this is happening to be your usual scenario, here is how to get rid of those annoying dark circles under your eyes.
Ok, potatoes. Sounds weird at first, but trust me and keep reading. This is a tip I’ve heard during an interview with the model Victoria Brito and immediately tried! The results? It worked! And I couldn’t be more shocked and happy at the same time!
This is what she said:
I’ve learned so many tips and tricks from my mother and grandmother just using regular household items. For example, to get rid of dark circles, take a potato, cut it into slices like a pepperoni, and put one slice over each eye for about 15 to 20 minutes once a week. I swear, after doing it about 5 times, you’ll start to see a drastic reduction of dark circles.
THE SERIOUS STUFF
This second one is a little more complicated than cutting slices of potatoes, but it lasts more – up to one entire month!
It takes longer, and more effort, but it’s definitely worth every. single. minute.
First, I want to explain briefly how dark circles create and show up and why this method will make up get rid of them.
As you probably know, the skin around your eyes is very thin and delicate. When you see dark circles, you’re seeing the blood that’s around your eyes through the skin.
By micro – needling, you’re basically telling your skin to overdrive the collagen production, which makes your skin thicker. In this way, the blood is less visible and fills in those bags.
If you’ve ever heard of micro – needling, now you’re probably thinking of expensive (worth hundreds of dollars) treatments by the cosmetic dermatologist, but I’m actually talking about something you can do by yourself at home – spending no more than $25 – with far less blood, pain, and inflammation.
Then, you might be asking
Why the hell isn’t anybody doing this yet?!?!
Probably because very little people know about this, which is why I’m about to tell you.
Let’s dive in.
In case you’re asking – just by looking at it right now – No, it doesn’t hurt that much.
How can I assure you?
Firstly, because I tried, and secondly because you do it yourself, so you decide the amount of pressure you will be applying.
Dermatologists use something called a Dermapen for this type of treatments, and that’s a little more intense – which make bleeding a common side effect.
But using a derma-roller is just fine, trust me. Whenever you feel pain, just stop. It’s that simple.
Now, I’m not telling to choose this one exact roller. This is just one I tried, and I can recommend you, but there are tons available online. From Amazon, for example – but still be very careful of watching the reviews, first, or making a short research online.
Now, if you’re considering buying one, before jumping to Amazon, remember to pay attention to the needle size.
Experts usually recommend buying something between 0.2 mm and 0.75 for use at home. From my experience, I’ve only used 0.2 since I mainly focus on my lips and underneath my eyes, which are particularly delicate areas.
Also, you’ll want to replace your micro-roller after a few uses.
HOW TO USE IT
Now, let’s get to how to use it.
I use my roller something around once a month and I could use it even more often, but I’m good right now and I don’t want to change – remember that if you go for bigger needles, you should use it less often!
Never start micro-needling without putting on some primer first: it doesn’t only make the treatment feel less harsh on your skin, but also, when using this treatment, you’re literally pushing those ingredients deep into your skin for maximum absorption—up to 90% more than you would just by using your fingers and leaving it there.
After cleansing your face and applying a layer of serum or primer, it’s time to start derma-rolling. Stretch your skin taut, and roll across it diagonally, horizontally, and vertically, pressing as hard as you can tolerate. I usually focus on my smile lines, lips, and underneath my eyes.
After you’re done rolling, apply another layer of serum to your face, and sterilize your device with alcohol before storing it in its case.
ONE LAST RECOMMENDATION
Do not roll over one single area more than a couple of times, and never use your roller on existing zits or open wounds!
I’d be very interested in reading your own experience with derma-rolling, or other tips you know on how you get rid of under-eye circles!