Dear Glowing Bride,

I have horrible dark circles under my eyes which are driving me crazy and make me appear exhausted. I’m not – I generally get between 7-9 hours sleep a night which is more than most! I really don’t want them to be so apparent on my Wedding Day, do you have any ideas of how to get rid of them?

Jin

Dear Jin,

Your question is such a common complaint that there is a huge section in ‘Wow! Glowing Bride in 30 Days’ covering this topic. There is so much to go into, I will divide the topic into several short related posts – starting with the basics of why you might be experiencing dark circles.

1. Despite what most people think, under eye circles are not related to a lack of sleep 90% of the time. Your relatives most likely have the same problem since they are highly hereditary, and become more common with age as the skin under the eye thins.

2. Sun exposure can exasperate dark circles. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, rethink this around your wedding day.

3. Your dark circles might be linked to allergies – particularly if they are coupled with puffiness. If you think this might be the case, taking an anti-histamine may lessen the problem. Rubbing your eyes will make them ten times worse.

4. The appearance of dark circles might get worse during your period. This is due to the fact you tend to be a shade paler during your period, and this only makes them more obvious.

Don’t fret – there are plenty of things you can do! See my next post about how to reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Peace,

Glowing Bride

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