Dark Circles Under Eyes?
Don’t you just hate it when people are like: “Are you feeling sick?” And then you awkwardly reply: “Um, no, why? Do I look sick?” Time to get rid of those dark circles under your eyes that are causing you to look tired and sick. We have done some research on what they are, how to get rid of them, and what you can do to prevent them.
Why do we get dark circles?
Dark circles under our eyes are often just an unfortunate case of the short end of the stick when it comes to your genetics. Dark circles are an inherited trait that can be seen from an early age.
Fatigue plays a massive role in the way our skin regenerates and restores during the night. When you don’t practise healthy sleeping behaviour, your skin can become pale and dull. As a result, the blood vessels beneath the surface of your skin will become a lot more noticeable.
Even though sleep deprivation is the obvious culprit, in this case, it is not the only one. Oversleeping is also a big reason for dark circles under your eyes.
The strain on your Eyes
Stress on our eyes caused by overexposure to blue light on our electronic devices causes your blood vessels around the eyes to enlarge. So when working on your laptop/computer be sure to take frequent breaks, dim the brightness on your screen slightly and be sure to give your eyes at least an hour break from any electronics before you go to sleep.
When you have an allergic reaction, your body releases histamines as a response to harmful bacteria, and as a result, your blood vessels will dilate, making dark circles more apparent.
Specific allergies can sometimes also cause your eyes to be itchy, most people tend to scratch their eyes, and this causes inflammation and broken blood vessels that can cause it to look worse.
This should be an obvious one. Failing to drink eight glasses of water a day, will cause your skin to turn pale and dull and make your eyes look sunken. Your skin will also lose a lot of elasticity due to lack of moisture in the skin cells. Dark circles will inevitably become more visible if you don’t take proper care of your skin.
When you spend an excessive amount of time in the sun, your body will produce an excess of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that provides colour to the skin. Around the eye area, the skin is particularly sensitive to the sun and will cause pigmentation. This will give the appearance of dark circles.
Non-invasive medical treatments
Facial contouring, done by trained therapists, will tighten the skin around the eyes to give it a more elastic look. There are multiple technologies used in contouring, but we will mention the use of Radio Frequency. The energy heats the skin without damaging it, to break down fatty cells and stimulate collagen production, which improves skin tone and elasticity. Facial contouring is safe, effective and will enhance the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
Chemical peels are a fantastic treatment specifically for dark circles caused by pigmentation (skin colouring). They help us to discard all the old skin cells and make room for our body to produce fresh new ones. Glycolic peels are generally used for around the eyes as they do not penetrate the skin as deep and are much safer than other variants for the eyes.
Simple home remedies to help dark circles
Sleep Sleep Sleep
Like we mentioned before, sleep is one thing that affects your skin and can make your dark circles way more apparent. Catching up on sleep can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles. So you will be happy to hear that we are pro-napping. A quick 20-40 minute nap can give your skin just what it needs to restore and rest. If you want real beauty sleep, try to catch that full eight hours in the evenings.
Apply something cool
Applying something cool will help reduce redness and shrink dilated blood vessels. Grab some ice cubes and put it in a clean washcloth and apply it to your eyes. If that’s too cold for you wet washcloth with cold water and apply it to the skin under your eyes for 20 minutes for the same effect. Keep repeating the process when either the ice melts or the damp cloth becomes warm.
Soak with tea bags
Applying cold tea bags to your eyes can reduce the appearance of dark circles. Tea contains caffeine and antioxidants that help stimulate blood circulation, shrink your blood vessels, which cause the appearance of dark circles and can reduce liquid retention beneath your skin (AKA – the puffiness).
Soak two green tea bags in hot water for seven minutes. Let them cool down in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Once they’re cold, apply the tea bags to your closed eyes for 10 to 20 minutes. After removing, rinse your eyes with fresh water. You will see immediate improvement.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce puffiness under your eyes. Not only that, but it is also a very effective method for lightening dark circles under your eyes. Use coconut oil like your eye serum: rub it into your under-eye area, leave it on overnight and then rinse off in the morning. Boom, good as new.
Less salt and more water
Consuming less salt should come as no surprise as we know salt dehydrates and water hydrates. Remember studying osmosis in high school biology? Then you’ll probably recall that water in your body moves from places with the most water to those with the least.
The parts of your body with more sodium contain less water while the parts of your body that are low in sodium (salt) contain more water. When your body doesn’t have enough water but has too much salt, you can feel and often look puffy or bloated.
The skin around your eyes is exceptionally thin and extremely vulnerable to dehydration. Thus, when you eat a meal high in sodium but don’t drink enough water, your body will literally “look” dehydrated – i.e., red, puffy eyes. So if you plan to enjoy a salty meal, counter the effects with plenty of water.
As I’m sure you have noticed in countless movies and probably one of the most popular beauty hacks is placing cucumber over your eyes. Does it work? If so, how so?
Cucumbers contain high levels of Vitamin C and folic acid; the vitamin C stimulates new cell growth while folic acid stimulates antioxidants to help fight off toxins that cause the eyes to swell and become puffy.
Cucumbers also contain a lot of water that aids in the moisturisation of the eyelids.
Dark circles and bags under the eyes are more common than you may think and often show more with ageing and for the sleep-deprived. Give some of the methods above a try and see which works best for you. As no person is the same, we all react differently. However, if discolouration and swelling progressively get worse over time, visit your doctor or dermatologist to be safe.