How to treat dark undereye circles even if you don’t know what causes them
Ever hear a rave review about a dark circle product, only to try it for yourself and be disappointed? There are many causes of dark undereye circles, so not every product can work for everyone. Dark under eye circles can be due to allergies, heredity, lack of sleep, and leaking blood capillaries. Different solutions help different problems and do nothing for other types of problems.
Here is a review of a few common causes of dark undereye circles and what to do about them
Is your dark circle actually a shadow from eye puffiness? Ice can help. So can identifying your allergy or dietary triggers. Using a topical product with caffeine can reduce eye bag puffiness and make the shadow appear less prominent.
The under eye skin area, being so thin, is subject to the effects of sun damage. Two ingredients that can reverse sun damage are retinol and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C helps dark circles by breaking up excess pigmentation and dispersing it to make the skin tone appear even.
Dark circles appear worse as we age because sagging skin makes shadows. Collagen is the scaffolding of the skin, if there’s not enough collagen to support skin tissues, skin sags under the weight. Skin loses collagen with age, especially around the eye area. Retinol promotes collagen production and in tandem with topical Vitamin C, can reduce the sagging and discoloration.
Always use sunscreen even if you wear sunglasses.
Tips for Treating All Types of Dark Circles
No matter why you have dark undereye circles, there are ways to improve their appearance.
HYDRATE: Dark circles look better when the skin is wrinkle free and as hydrated as possible. Hyaluronic Acid plumps the skin on contact. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines disappear or appear less deep. Hyaluronic Acid draws in moisture so skin appears fuller and plumper. This plumping action also reduces sagging, which in turn, makes the dark circle seem firmer and smaller.
NOURISH: Aloe Vera which feeds the skin, providing a dewy look over time that’s smooth and reflects light, giving a lighter appearance. Aloe Vera also helps buffer treating ingredients to make them tolerable on the delicate eye area.
SMOOTH: Retinol improves the surface appearance of the skin. Apply retinol products all along the orbital bone up and out to the crow’s feet and up to the brow for a smoother, lighter look.