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If you’re anything like me and constantly have dark circles under the eyes no matter how much sleep you get, you may be wondering what causes dark circles under the eyes, anyway? Well, unfortunately, there’s a lot of things that can cause dark circles!
If you’ve tried countless products, or even procedures and nothing seems to help the dark circles under your eyes, then just keep on reading to find out what’s actually causing your dark circles underneath the eyes.
What Causes Dark Circles Under The Eyes?
Underneath your eyes, you have lots of little blood vessels that appear purple or blue. There are many different factors that cause these to be more prominent, leading to darkness under the eyes.
This is one of the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin is one of the first things to show it. This also means that dark circles will appear, too. When you’re tired, your skin becomes dull and actually appear paler. When this happens, those blood vessels are more prominent, which leads to dark circles.
As we age, our skin gets thinner. Therefore, this is another big cause of dark circles under the eyes. When we age, we also lose collagen and fat that keeps our skin usually plump. These make the blood vessels under the eyes more visible, leading to the look of dark circles.
Allergies that cause itchy eyes can be a cause of dark circles as well. When our eyes itch, we tend to rub and scratch them, which cause cause inflammation and broken blood vessels, leading to darkness underneath the eyes.
Additionally, allergy medications (histamines) cause blood vessels to dilate, making them more visible and causing darkness.
Dehydration is another big cause of dark circles under the eyes. When we are dehydrated, our skin shows it. Dehydration leads to dull skin, which makes the darkness more visible. In addition, when we are dehydrated, our eyes tend to appear “sunken in” making the dark circles under the eyes worse.
Dark circles can be inherited as well! If your family members also have dark circles, chances are yours are genetic.
6. Thin Skin
Most people don’t really think of thin skin as a cause of dark circles under the eyes. But, this is also a very common cause of it. The skin around your eyes is already much more thin and delicate than elsewhere on your face and body. However, some people just have thinner skin than others. When skin is thin, the purple/blue blood vessels underneath your eyes are more visible, leading to dark circles.
Sometimes dark circles are caused by skin pigmentation, which means your skin is just naturally darker underneath the eyes. This is especially true of people with darker skin tones because they naturally have more melanin in their skin.
How To Treat Dark Circles Under The Eyes
Now that we know what causes dark circles under eyes, we can now figure out how we should treat our dark circles!
1. Get More Sleep
Since fatigue is a big cause of dark circles under the eyes, you need to make sure you are getting as much rest as possible. Sometimes it can be hard when life gets busy, but if you make it a point to go to bed earlier, you should start seeing improvements in your dark circles.
If you have dark circles due to thin skin under your eyes, try out an eye cream with retinol. With regular use, retinol will induce collagen production which thickens the skin and will improve dark circles.
3. Lightening Products
Sometimes your skin pigment is just darker underneath your eyes and a lightening product will help lighten the skin color. Look for ingredients like vitamin c, kojic acid or hydroquinone.
4. Remove Makeup
If you don’t remove your makeup well, it could be lingering under your eyes and causes extra darkness. It seems simple, but many people don’t actually remove all of their makeup. Try a cleansing oil to ensure every trace is removed.
Making sure you drink plenty of water will help keep your skin looking bright and plump. This will help with dark circles under the eyes because it will make the blood vessels less visible. Stay hydrated throughout the day and try to drink at least 64oz of water each day.
6. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol is a surprising cause of dark circles under the eyes. I love a good cocktail as much as the next girl, but alcohol seriously dehydrates you! Just as we talked about above, dehydration is bad news for dark circles.
Another great option to treat dark circles under the eyes is cosmetic filler. Much like they use for lip injections, fillers can be used underneath the eyes to fill in sunken in eyes and cover up any blood vessels that may be causing darkness under the eyes.
I had filler underneath my eyes a couple years ago and highly recommend it for getting rid of darkness. Depending on the filler used, it can last anywhere from 8 months- 2 years. It’s a quick and painless procedure.
8. Vitamin K
There have been studies that show that vitamin k is effective in getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. Try out an eye cream with vitamin K to help with dark circles.
Certain lasers can be used underneath the eyes to reduce dark pigmentation. Additionally, lasers can also induce collagen production which can also help dark circles.
I hope this post helps you pinpoint what is causing your dark circles so that you will be able to treat them! Dark circles under the eyes can be such a pain to deal with, but as you can see there are various ways you can treat them. Plus, when you know what causes dark circles under the eyes, it will be easier to treat them effectively!
Do any of these things cause dark circles for you? How do you treat dark circles underneath the eyes?
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