Dark Circles under Eyes: Causes and Treatments

Have you ever been told that you look exhausted? The dark circles under your eyes may make you look tired. You may get enough sleep but the dark circles are still noticeable. Why?

Causes of Dark Circles under Eyes

– Vessel fragility: Dark under-eye circles begin in the capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that web the delicate skin around the eyes. If your blood vessels are fragile, they can be broken easily. Blood leaks out into the surrounding skin, causing a dark discoloration.

– Poor circulation under eyes: Poor circulation results in less oxygenated blood and hence a bluish appearance.

– Allergies: Allergies may be the most common cause of skin discoloration under the eyes.

-Heredity: If your family members have dark circles under eyes, your may too.

– Lack of sleep: Lack of sleep tends to cause the skin to become paler and thus increase the appearance of darkness under the eyes. Lack of sleep also reduces circulation.

– Dehydration: This results in poor circulation under eyes.

– Aging: As we age, the padding beneath our eyes begins to thin, contributing to the look of dark circles.

Dark Circles under Eye Treatment

– Treat your allergy as it is the main cause of dark circles.

– Get enough sleep to allow the body to heal damages caused by environmental factors.

– Avoid rubbing your eyes. Rubbing your eyes can break the capillaries, causing leakage of blood cells.

– Take vitamin K and antioxidants. Antioxidants repair damaged skin while vitamin K helps with blood circulation.

– Use moisturizer that contains vitamin K and antioxidants.

– Limit the amount of salt intake. Too much salt can impair your circulation.

– Drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated and to improve circulation.

-Cover dark circles under eyes up with cosmetics. Use yellow- or peach-toned concealers to cover the dark circles. The yellow/peach undertones will cancel out the purple, blue, and brownish colors of your eye circles. Do not use pink-toned concealers as they will make your dark circles more noticeable.

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