It’s time to talk about those pesky dark circles. Unless you’ve been blessed with super smooth, bright under-eye skin, you’ve probably encountered a few dark circles in your time. Whether you’re feeling run-down, tired, or sometimes because of your natural complexion, dark circles under the eyes are something you might struggle to avoid.
Well, good news! There are some things you can try to minimise the appearance of dark circles. From the obvious getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet to lesser-known tips and tricks, we’re here to help. Let’s dive right in.
What causes dark undereye circles?
Dark circles often appear underneath the lower eyelids. It’s common in both men and women and can be pretty tricky to get rid of. Although dark circles can affect anyone, they’re more common among:
- Older people
- People with a genetic predisposition (if your parents and grandparents have them)
- People with darker skin tones
Although dark undereye circles are often put down to fatigue, there are actually lots of possible causes. If you’re going to reduce or even get rid of your dark circles, you’ll need to understand your unique situation.
The cause: fatigue
The most common cause of dark circles under the eyes, we’re all likely to experience fatigue, or tiredness, at one time or another. Even just staying up a couple of hours past your usual bedtime can result in the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. When you’re tired, your skin can become dull and pale. This means the tissues under your eyes are more likely to show through, leading to dark circles.
Fatigue can also make the skin underneath your eyes puff up, casting shadows on your face and making dark circles stand out even more.
The solution: get a good night’s sleep!
Dark circles caused by fatigue are easy enough to deal with. While you might have to endure them while you get through the day, a refreshing night’s sleep should reduce their appearance. In the meantime, you can always cover them up with a full-coverage concealer or try using an eye care product to improve their appearance.
The cause: dehydration
Dehydration wreaks havoc on our skin, not to mention what’s going on inside when you don’t drink enough fluids. When you’re dehydrated, your skin can’t retain enough water to appear full and youthful. This can cause the skin beneath your eyes to dull and can make your eyes appear set back.
The solution: drink plenty of fluids
We don’t need to tell you how important it is to stay hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking at least eight glasses of fluids each day. Water is best, but this can also include tea, coffee, and sugar-free cordial in moderation.
The cause: age
As you get older, your skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity. This means the dark blood vessels beneath your eyes will be more visible through your top layers of skin.
The solution: conceal
There’s not much you can do about this one, but do try to get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated, so no other causes of dark circles combine with ageing.
The cause: genetics
Bad news for some, genetics is one of the most common causes of dark undereye circles. If you’ve inherited the trait, you might start to see dark circles take shape at any time from early childhood into adulthood. Your dark circles might get worse with age, although they could also fade, with very little you can do about it. Genetics can also increase your chances of developing a thyroid problem, which can, in turn, cause dark circles under your eyes.
The solution: conceal
Like dark circles caused by ageing, there isn’t a lot you can do if yours are a part of your natural complexion. You might like to try using a concealer underneath your eyes to brighten up your appearance. Still, it can be best to accept your dark circles as a part of your face and try not to worry about them.
How to reduce the appearance of dark circles
There are some techniques you might like to try to reduce the appearance of dark circles. These won’t necessarily work, mainly if your circles are caused by ageing or generics, but it might be worth a shot if they bother you.
- Apply a cold compress to shrink dark blood vessels under the eye
- Get plenty of sleep
- Sleep with an extra pillow to prevent fluid from gathering in your face
- Apply used black or green tea bags to your undereye area
- Drink more fluids
- Use a good-quality concealer
There are also some surgical techniques which can help reduce the appearance of dark undereye circles. These include chemical peels to reduce pigmentation, laser surgery, tissue fillers, and others. You should speak to your doctor and get plenty of advice before going down this route.
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