Dark circles are most common and genetically found in darker skin types, but can also originate from dehydration, lack of sleep, use of certain medications and kidney disease.
Dark circles are often of a vascular origin - what appears as dark circles is often a network of small capillaries that are visible because of poor blood flow and thin, transparent skin around the eyes where the capillaries show through. Impaired nasal breathing and sinus problems can contribute to this problem - this is a particular concern for many allergy sufferers.
Here are some tips to help reduce dark circles under the eyes:
Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can contribute to the appearance of dark circles. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to allow your body to repair and rejuvenate.
Use a Cold Compress
Applying a cold compress, such as chilled cucumber slices or a cold spoon, can help constrict blood vessels and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Place the compress on your closed eyes for 10-15 minutes each day.
Elevate Your Head While Sleeping
Propping up your head with an extra pillow while sleeping can prevent fluid from pooling under your eyes, which can reduce puffiness and minimize the appearance of dark circles.
Dehydration can make dark circles more prominent. Ensure you drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated
Use a Topical Eye Cream
Look for an eye cream specifically formulated to address dark circles like our EYE GEL CREAM. Ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, kojic acid, and peptides can help brighten the under-eye area and reduce discoloration over time. Apply the cream gently using your ring finger, tapping it into the skin.
Protect Your Eyes From the Sun
Exposure to UV rays can darken the under-eye area. Wear sunglasses with UV protection and apply sunscreen around your eyes to shield them from the sun's harmful rays.
Manage Allergies and Sinus Issues
Allergies and sinus congestion can cause under-eye discoloration. Consult with a healthcare professional to address any underlying allergies or sinus problems.
Avoid Rubbing or Scratching the Under-Eye Area
Rubbing or scratching can irritate the delicate skin under your eyes, leading to inflammation and darkening. Be gentle when removing makeup or applying skincare products in this area.
Use Color Correctors and Concealer
If you need immediate coverage for dark circles, use a color corrector in a shade that counteracts the discoloration. Peach or salmon tones work well for most skin tones. Follow up with a concealer that matches your skin tone to camouflage the darkness.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants can improve skin health overall. Regular exercise and managing stress levels also contribute to a healthy complexion.
Remember, while these tips can help reduce the appearance of dark circles, some individuals may have a genetic predisposition or underlying medical conditions that cause persistent dark circles. Unfortunately, despite product claims on many eye creams, this issue is currently not treatable to the extent that the dark circles will completely go away.