Have you ever woken up in the morning, feeling completely rested and ready to face the world, only to peek into the mirror and see a tired, older-looking woman looking back at you? Dark circles around the eyes can make you look tired and older, even when you don’t feel that way. Applying concealer can help mask dark circles, but if you want to get rid of them, you need to find out the cause behind them and how to combat it. Let’s discuss some of the most common causes of dark circles and their (thankfully) easy solutions!
Genetics: If you’ve had dark circles around your eyes for as long as you can remember, then you can probably blame your parents. Darkness around the eyes can be hereditary and can even show up in childhood. If that’s the case, a professional laser treatment by a dermatologist might be your best bet, but there are some at-home products that will help fade the darkness.
Try: Derma e Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Creme, a brightening, hydrating, and toning eye cream that contains bearberry extract to minimize dark circles and horse chestnut to increase circulation.
Allergies: As if a runny nose and red, itchy eyes weren’t enough, allergies can also be behind your dark circles. When your immune system releases histamines to fight allergies, it can cause some swelling as well as dilation of the blood vessels. Due to the thinner skin around the eyes, the dilated blood vessels can cause the appearance of dark circles around the eyes. Popping an anti-histamine can help, as can a topical application of an eye cream with caffeine, which will help shrink the blood vessels.
Try: StriVectin 360 Tightening Eye Serum. The botanical extracts in this serum will tighten the skin around your eyes, while the caffeine narrows the blood vessels and the cooling applicator reduces puffiness.
Age: Like many other things, dark circles can be a symptom of getting older. As time goes by, our skin loses collagen and begins to thin out, allowing veins to show through. If you’ve been a sun-lover, you might find this process beginning earlier. We also have age to thank for losing some of the fat around the eyes, leading to hollowness which can create shadows and make the dark circles appear more prevalent. To combat this, try using an anti-aging treatment that will increase collagen production and keep your skin as plump and firm as possible.
Try: SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair, a powerhouse for anti-aging, this rich, nourishing treatment contains retinol to boost firmness and smooth out lines and wrinkles.
Skin Trauma: Too much tugging at the delicate skin around your eyes can cause irritation, and can lead not only to dark circles, but also wrinkles and sagging skin. Avoid rubbing your eyes and always be as gentle as possible when you remove your eye makeup. Using a powerful makeup remover specifically formulated for the eyes will help melt away eye makeup quickly and easily.
Try: Elemis White Flowers Bi-Phase Eye Make Up Remover, a bi-phase formula that instantly removes even the most waterproof makeup and contains soothing white peony extract to keep your skin happy.