They are one of the most complained about problems related to the face and can cause anxiety and low self-esteem. Yet dark circles under the eyes are common and often temporary.
While the condition affects both men and women, in females the biggest concern is that they can ‘age’ the appearance. Dark circles typically appear on the skin directly beneath the eyes and on the upper eyelids.
They can occur at any age, but are more prevalent in those with mature skin.
The Causes of Dark Circles
Fatigue is an obvious cause, but that is not always the case – as sufferers who have no problem sleeping will know. Some people are more prone to them because of their genes.
Main known causes:
- Insomnia – as well as causing pigmentation issues, lack of sleep can be responsible for excess fluid under the eyes. Puffy eyelids are another side-effect and they can cast a shadow over the skin above the cheeks.
- Allergies – pet hairs, hayfever, dust… Common allergens can really play havoc with your eyes and the nearby delicate skin.
- The Ageing Process – diminishing collagen and thinning skin expose blood vessels, and they can appear brown.
- Watching Too Much TV – sitting in front of the box for hours on end or staring at a computer screen can cause eye strain. Putting your eyes through so much tension can enlarge blood vessels which, in turn, cause dark circles.
- Not Drinking Enough Water – dehydration has a big impact on the skin and dark circles is just one of them. When the body is deprived of hydration, your skin will lose its glow and eyes can appear ‘sunken’.
- Ultraviolet Rays – too much sunlight is a common cause of dark circles under the eyes in the summer months.
Dark Circles and Treatments
There are lots of serums and creams, developed to specifically target dark circles around the eyes. You will find some great suggestions, which come highly recommended, at the end of this article. However, there are also some quick and easy treatments you can try at home.
If you suffer from allergies and over-the-counter remedies are not helping, talk to your GP.
For instant relief, use a cold compress or fresh slices of cucumber. For the cold compress, you can use cotton pads, a flannel or even used, cooled tea bags. A jade face roller, which has been left in the fridge overnight, may also help.
Make sure you increase your fluid intake. If you are not a fan of plain tap water, try squash or flavoured water.
Boost your bedtime routine to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Avoid alcohol and caffeine after 6pm and have a warm bath to relax your muscles. Add an extra pillow to keep your head elevated through the night.
For longer-term solutions consider these products.
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