What causes dark circles under our eyes? Is it lack of sleep or age? Sometimes it is but most of the time it’s caused by the fact that the skin under our eyes is actually the thinnest skin on our bodies. This makes the veins there more visible to everyone else. Plus, as we get older, our skin gets thinner and they make the dark circles look even worse to the world.
Thin skin isn’t the only culprit for our tired looking eyes, there’s also a condition called periorbital hyperpigmentation. This is caused when more melanin is produced under the eye making the skin darker. Other times, women can have veins under their eyes that get damaged and they leak blood which creates extra darkness there. Fluid can also build up under your eyes causing puffiness and darkness from the fluid pushing veins out closer to the surface. Fluid can come from several everyday sources including allergies, getting sick, water retention, rubbing your eyes or even if you sleep on your side or stomach.
So, there’s lot of reasons why you get dark circles but what can you do to get rid of it? Here a few tips to help brighten your eyes and get rid of the darkness.
1) Eye Creams – Always make sure to have a good eye cream on hand to combat those dark circles. The best eye cream will tackle darkness and puffiness and it should have some anti-aging benefits in there to heal and protect that thin layer of undereye skin.
Keep in mind though that the eye cream will not take away a vein issue but it will reduce any puffiness that results from the veins being pushed to the surface and make them less noticeable. If your eye cream has anti-aging benefits, that will help protect your undereye skin and minimize any veins appearing there. If you’ve tried a bunch of eye cream and still have issues, you may look at lifestyle or genetic reasons as a cause as well.
2) Drink Lots of Water – You need to drink at least eight eight ounce glasses of water each day to reduce darkness and puffiness under your eyes. Drinking water also helps with water retention which will reduce your puffiness.
3) Get Some Sleep – Make sure to get enough sleep to reduce the dark circles. When you are tired, you produce cortisol which creates more blood in your bloodstream which increase your energy level. So, if you have more blood in your veins, it will give you dark circles from your veins swelling.
4) Eat Right – Make sure to eat healthy and include fruits and vegetables that help your skin and include anti-aging elements like vitamins A, C and K. These vitamins also help preserve your undereye skin and make sure to stay away from anything high in salt, that just adds to your puffiness.
5) Use Cooling Eye Packs – Placing anything on your eyes that is cool like cucumbers, chamomile tea bag and refrigerated gel packs will definitely help reduce your puffy eyes. These types of things will help reduce inflammation and reduce the dark circles.
6) Concealers – If you still wake up with dark circles, you can always reach for the concealer and corrector to help hide them. Just apply a little corrector and follow it with some concealer and the dark circles should magically disappear.