Dark circles under the eyes can make you look tired, ill and with an overall lackluster appearance. Most people will do what they can to conceal them as they can have a real adverse effect on the way you look and feel.
These dark circles have a variety of different causes: fatigue, diet, illness and allergies are all culprits. Moreover, if you have a fair complexion and thin skin, the appearance of dark circles will be much more pronounced. Luckily some remedies can help to alleviate dark circles under eyes.
What Causes Dark Circles Under Eyes?
Here are some of the common causes of dark circles under the eyes:
- Heredity. Under eye dark circles can be a result of your genes. If someone in your family is prone to them, you may be as well. The circles are likely to appear in childhood, and while some children will outgrow them, others will not.
- Allergies. Allergies are one of the main causes of dark circles. Allergies create nasal congestion and pressure in the sinuses, which dilates the blood vessels that drain from the area around your eyes, causing the skin to look darker.
- Sleep deprivation is the most common cause of dark circles. Much like allergies, a lack of sleep will also dilate the blood vessels around the eyes, creating a dark appearance. Don’t sleep for too long, though, as even oversleeping can cause dark circles.
- Eczema: this skin disorder can discolour the skin around the eyes
- Stress: stress shows on our faces and skin, creating a shadowed, tired and dull appearance.
Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes!
- Get enough sleep: This can include developing a routine where you go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Make an effort to relax, use visualization and even lavender essential oils before you go to bed to help you fall into a deep sleep.
- Target your allergies: If the allergies are seasonal, take an antihistamine. If they are environmental (such as in your home), try switching to hypoallergenic pillows, sheets and blankets, and use an air purifier.
- Use an over-the-counter eye cream: certain eye creams that contain ingredients such as peptides, retinol or Vitamin K can help to remedy dark circles. Further, collagen building creams will thicken the skin around the eyes, which won’t allow the darkness to show through as readily.
- Double up your pillows at night: this helps to keep your head above your heart level, which will help keep blood circulating and contribute to preventing the blood from building up under your eyes.
- Cut out the alcohol and caffeine: these two beverages can contribute to puffy skin and dehydration, which makes the dark circles more prominent.
- Laser: a more invasive option is to enlist the help of a laser treatment, but only if the circles are a result of blood vessel issues, which will show up as a reddish or purplish hue. If your circles are more of a brownish tone, it can be a result of hyperpigmentation, or an overproduction of melanin.
- Concealers and makeup: There are some amazing concealers out there that can make dark circles virtually vanish. Choose your concealer based on the colour that you see:
- For blue circles, use a purple toned concealer
- For purple circles, use a yellow toned concealer
- For reddish circles, use a green toned concealer
Also, look for a concealer that reflects light, so to make the area look brighter, and find one that caters specifically to the under eye area. You may even find one that will help treat dark circles as it covers them!