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This article is likely to be of more interest to women than men. Because, although we’re all concerned by this phenomenon, my long experience has allowed me to notice that it’s more often women who have dark circles under their eyes. Or in any case, they are more often the ones who complain about it … maybe it’s because of us, their men?!
Who, in our ‘old’ age, doesn’t have dark circles under their eyes from time to time, or even every day, especially after waking up in the morning?
And who among the people who have this problem, has never heard this nice remark made by a relative or a colleague at work, “Oh, what’s wrong? You look tired! Did you sleep badly?”
The kind of remark that makes you feel instantly old! Don’t you agree?
That said, personally, I don’t need to wait for this comment. Indeed, I don’t need anyone to realize that I’m getting older! And not only because of those dark circles under the eyes! That’s right, there are many other more or less visible signs that make us realise that time flies – too fast! For example – Four Eyes – A Story of Bad Eyesight, As Bald as a Bowling Ball, Hello Osteoarthritis.
But today we’ll be talking about dark circles. And the reasons for their presence under our eyes are not always due to our way of life, even if a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of seeing them appear too early. But it can be genetic, or caused by defective blood circulation, or a lack of hydration.
And us oldies, we’re all concerned by this unsavory phenomenon.
But what to do about it? That’s the question!
There are several answers to this question and I’ll try to answer it by giving you some beauty tips. Yes! You can be 50 years old, you can be an ‘old’ punk, but still not want to look like an old fogey! Not yet anyway!
Obviously, there are a lot of solutions more or less expensive, and with a more or less visible result. And in this article, I will detail some of them.
Let’s start with this one: rush to the beautician. Or worse (or better?) – to the plastic surgeon and get botox! An effective solution. Indeed, the result is immediately visible, but it’s a short term solution. And it’s expensive.
We can also buy the latest, expensive, brand new concealer cream, which promises to give us back our adolescent appearance. Still a solution full of marketing promises but with a result not necessarily visible. Except in your wallet! Indeed, these creams sell for an exorbitant price!
Here is a simple and effective solution. But it takes sunshine to apply it, otherwise you may look suspicious. Hiding behind dark glasses! And again, with glasses wide enough to hide your dark circles!
We can also lie. OK, not a big lie. I don’t want to incite people to lie, but we can find an excuse, or a more or less valid reason to explain to others the presence of these unsightly imperfections on our face, even if it’s not quite true.
In the summer, for example, you can blame mosquitos, which constantly swirl around your ears and keep you from closing your eyes for a good part of the night.
In the spring, you can say that your eyes are swollen and have dark rings under them because you’re allergic to pollen.
For the other seasons … uh, it might be harder to justify these bags under the eyes, so I’m sorry, I give up! Find an excuse for yourself that could adapt to winter and autumn. Good luck (and let us know what you come up with)!
Another excuse that works for married women – it’s impossible to sleep because of your husband, who has kept you awake by snoring all night!
And another reason, crazy but it can work! You can say that you have dark circles under your eyes because you spent all night looking for a valid excuse to legitimize their presence when you wake up!
And then we come to our grandmother’s remedies, which are natural and are more or less effective, and more or less easy to achieve.
Here are a few :
I’ll start with the potato: you can make a potato poultice. Simply grate and mix, then spread on cotton balls, and then place the cotton balls on your eyes for 15 minutes.
The tea bag: a not very attractive remedy. Indeed, we don’t necessarily want to put a bag of cold tea on our eyes. Still, it seems effective. Put two used bags in the fridge for 10 minutes (one for each eye) , then put them on your eyes (closed!) for 15 minutes.
If you don’t mind the cold: take some ice cubes and put them in a small cloth. Then apply this cloth on your eyes for a few minutes. Or you can do that with two teaspoons that you’ve placed in the freezer for a while. It works, too.
And finally, the best known remedy: cucumber! Cut two thin slices of cucumber, place them in the fridge for a few minutes, then take them out of the fridge and put them on your eyes for 15 minutes.
You see, there are many solutions to remedy this natural phenomenon. And if you’re wondering which of them I use to look so young, well, at the risk of disappointing you, I don’t use any! My teenage appearance is all natural!
Do you have miracle cures against dark circles under the eyes? If so leave your beauty tips in the comments below so we can all benefit from them!
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