Under my eyes - help needed!

I have deep set eyes and have always had very dark shadows at the inner corners. Some days they looked much worse than others. Now though, they seem to have got worse and look bad all the time. Additionally, the darkness has spread further down. I'm also getting lines and crows feet despite being in my early twenties and having oily skin. I use an Olay moisturiser with an SPF 15 morning and night. I normally pat in a teeny amount of foundation at the inner corners, just to take the worst off. My eyes used to be my best feature but now I just look so tired and horrible all the damn time. I also have very very pale skin, so the very dark shadows look even worse. I don't know why they've got worse just recently.

What should I do?
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i sound like a broken record, but i always tell people that one of the best things for dark circles is to raise the head of your bed - even by a couple of inches.

put bricks under the bed posts or use risers that you can get at places like Linens N' Things.

make sure you're getting enough sleep too.

if the circles have recently become worse, a visit to the doctor might be in order - sometimes allergies make dark circles worse.

don't use foundation to hide dark circles - it's too heavy for that part of your face. you want a lighter concealer with light-reflecting properties.

the gold standard of concealers is Touche-Eclat from Yves St. Laurent and it retails for about $40 US. however, LOTS of makeup companies make similar products now for about half the price and they are just as good.

Bourjois Illuminating Concealing Pen - $15
Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener - $18
Tarte The Eraser - $19
Benefit Ooh La Lift - $20
Stila Illuminating Concealer - $22

don't use a daytime moisturizer with spf at night - give your skin a rest from the chemicals and definitely use a lighter weight under-eye moisturizer for that area.
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Thanks for responding Rou. I've always had dark circles, but it's how they've become so much darker and have spread that really bothers me.

I am getting enough sleep. I'm still tired all the time, but that's another issue. I will look into raising the head of the bed. I don't have a Linen'n'things near me, but there must surely be alternatives.

Actually, I'm seriously wondering if allergies are part of the cause. I know some of the dark circle-ness is due to thin skin, deep set eyes etc, but I'm not happy with how it has worsened. I often have a stuffy and runny nose. Sometimes I think I have a cold, but I don't. Sometimes it's ok, but I generally have tissues around. I also suffer a bit from stingy eyes. Makes no difference whether I wear eye make up or not. I'm wondering if it could possibly be milk or wheat related. Last year, I started eating Shreddies and milk daily for breakfast daily. Maybe that has something to do with it. I also (pardon for the TMI) get some irritable bowel symptoms sometimes. It's worse when I'm stressed. I looked up a bit today about dark circles and now I'm wondering if they all are linked.

So do you think I need a lighter moisturiser at night then, rather than something heavy for my eyes? The Olay stuff is pretty light, I think. I want to improve the look of the fine lines and stop more developing. I've got that stuff from Boots you've probably heard about - Protect and Perfect. It's a serum that made the press because it was proved to do some good on fine lines. It hasn't done anything for mine so far though!

I had been chewing over YSL Touche Eclat. Maybe I just need to make that jump and get it. I would prefer to have the circles look better anyway though. I just don't feel pretty at the moment.

Thanks so much for your advice.
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I will look into raising the head of the bed. I don't have a Linen'n'things near me, but there must surely be alternatives.
Originally Posted by Piglet
seriously - just bricks will work fine.

I often have a stuffy and runny nose. Sometimes I think I have a cold, but I don't. Sometimes it's ok, but I generally have tissues around. I also suffer a bit from stingy eyes. Makes no difference whether I wear eye make up or not. I'm wondering if it could possibly be milk or wheat related.
piglet sweetie, i think some allergy testing might be in order. you may be asked to follow an elimination diet, too, to see if it's certain foods causing this.

So do you think I need a lighter moisturiser at night then, rather than something heavy for my eyes?
lighter is better for the under-eye area because heavier creams/lotions can cause more puffiness and that's something we want to avoid.

I've got that stuff from Boots you've probably heard about - Protect and Perfect. It's a serum that made the press because it was proved to do some good on fine lines. It hasn't done anything for mine so far though!
Boots stuff hasn't been available in Canada for years. we used to have Boots Drug Stores here, but they got bought out by a Canadian company about 20 years ago. another company is starting to bring in their products again this year. i really liked their stuff back when i could get it, so i'll have to look and see what's new!




I had been chewing over YSL Touche Eclat. Maybe I just need to make that jump and get it.

try one of the cheaper ones - you can get the Bourjois at Boots. do they have testers?
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I also suffer from dark circles (hereditary in my family) and a makeup trick that works to brighten the eye area is to dab a bit of white/shimmery (not glittery) eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes.
Won't cure your dark circles but it's a good trick to get by in the meantime.
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As I am getting older, my dark circles are very apparent.

As a quick make-up fix, I swear by Laura Mercier concealer. I then use a blush brush and lightly tap it into loose powder and swipe it over above my cheekbones to reflect light. It has worked pretty well.

I have noticed that the more allergies and congestion I have, the deeper the circles are.
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I had never noticed dark circles until lately. They are beginning to really bother me.

Does sleeping in a higher pillow work? or do you have to raise the entire head of the bed?

I am going to pick up some concealer and try to get more sleep (although I do think I am getting enough, just noticing dark circles a lot more).
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Does sleeping in a higher pillow work? or do you have to raise the entire head of the bed?
Originally Posted by curls on holiday
you compress pillows during the course of a night's sleep.
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Actually, I'm seriously wondering if allergies are part of the cause. I know some of the dark circle-ness is due to thin skin, deep set eyes etc, but I'm not happy with how it has worsened. I often have a stuffy and runny nose. Sometimes I think I have a cold, but I don't. Sometimes it's ok, but I generally have tissues around. I also suffer a bit from stingy eyes. Makes no difference whether I wear eye make up or not. I'm wondering if it could possibly be milk or wheat related. Last year, I started eating Shreddies and milk daily for breakfast daily. Maybe that has something to do with it. I also (pardon for the TMI) get some irritable bowel symptoms sometimes. It's worse when I'm stressed. I looked up a bit today about dark circles and now I'm wondering if they all are linked.
Originally Posted by Piglet
I have the same problems, I'm considering allergy testing. I did try using anti-histamines for a while to see if that worked - it made a slight difference.

I had been chewing over YSL Touche Eclat. Maybe I just need to make that jump and get it.
Originally Posted by Piglet
I used that. It could get a bit chalky and didn't give me much coverage at times. The Boots No7 version (11) is pretty much identical to YSL in texture and coverage if you want to try it without forking out 20+
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