Treat those Under Eye Dark Circles!

Treat those Under Eye Dark Circles!

Do you need to give your under eyes some TLC?

Dark circles under the eyes can make you appear even more tired than you are and can be a tell-tell sign of stress too.

What causes dark circles?

They can be caused by a lot of factors including genetics, high stress, exhaustion, environmental factors and poor diet.

Dark circles are often a form of hyperpigmentation, which is often genetic and can made more prominent by things like sun exposure, smoking and poor sleep, particularly those with Asian and African skin types.

It can also be caused by thin lower eyelid skin, meaning veins show through, appearing darker. These veins can become even more prominent due to seasonal allergies, which causes dilated veins.

Natural shadows, resulting from deep set eyes, can also give the appearance of dark circles.

Eye strain from staring at a TV or computer street can strain your eyes, enlarging blood vessels and could potentially cause dark circles.

Finally, as we age, a loss of volume – fat and collagen – under the eyes, can also contribute to dark circles.

The Dark Circles ‘Pinch’ Test

Want a quick and easy way to see what sort of dark circles you have so you know how to treat them?

You can do this with you a pinch test: gently pinching the skin under the eyes.

  • If you pinch the skin and it stays darker, it means it’s a pigmentation problem.
  • If you pinch the skin and the colour improves when you do this, its most likely to do with the veins.

Here’s how to treat dark circles…

Look at what you eat

Focus on an anti-inflammatory diet as this can help the appearance of your skin overall. Think fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats.

Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which boosts circulation and protects blood vessels.

Drink less red wine and caffeine and make sure to drink plenty of water. Dehydrated skin can make the dark circles look more prominent.

Too much salt also lead to fluid retention round the eyes too.

Get plenty of sleep

Not getting enough sleep doesn’t cause dark circles, but it does exaggerate their appearance. Lack of sleeps leads to lack of oxygen around the eyes and this can make blood vessels dilate. Dilated blood vessels appear darker… hello, dark circles.

Sleeping on your back with your head elevated can help minimise puffiness.

Wear Sunscreen

Sun damage can lead to puffiness, hyperpigmentation and more and this can all contribute to dark circles… so keep applying that SPF!

Wearing sunglasses too will help protect your eyes.

Try different skincare ingredients

There’s so many different skincare products out there now to help tackle your dark circles, so try some and see what works best for you. Use a dedicated eye cream that targets what you’re looking for.

Some of the best ingredients to look for include Vitamin C, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, tri-peptides and ceramides.

Azelaic Acid is one of the best ingredients for dark circles particularly if it’s caused by sun damage.

Dr Sam’s Flawless Nightly Eye 2% Retinoid Serum

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REN Radiance Brightening Dark Circles Eye Cream

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Medik8 C-Tetra Eye

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Use a cold compress

Apply a cold compress to the skin under your eyes for 20 minutes. Not only is this soothing and feels great, but it can help soothe the skin around your eyes, help the veins become less prominent and the skin less puffy.

Use make-up to colour correct

Start by colour correcting those undertones so they appear less prominent.

If you see dark blue/grey undertones, look for a peach concealer.

If you see pinky/red tones, neutralise them with more of a yellow base.

You can also use a light reflective concealer to help bounce the light out from under the eye.

There’s no way to entirely banish dark circles, but you can look at ways to improve the appearance to help improve your confidence.

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By |2024-03-07T10:27:57+01:00March 6th, 2024|It's All About Skin|0 Comments

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