7 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Jolene Edgar, Real Simple : Health.com

A good night’s sleep alone won’t alleviate those shadows.We’ve all been there: You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and see the eyes of a tired woman staring back at you. But a full night of shut-eye isn’t enough to erase those dark circles, says Charlotte Clark, a dermatologist in New York City. It may help diminish their appearance a bit, but to get rid of circles for good, first consider their source.

Discover 7 effective methods to eliminate dark circles under your eyes. Explore this blog post for practical tips and remedies to achieve a refreshed and vibrant appearance.
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Why They Appear

Genetics are the biggest culprit. If you inherit fair or thin skin under the eyes, it’s more obvious when blood pools there (often because of slower circulation from lack of sleep). This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak.

Age is another factor. Over time, skin loses collagen and thins, so veins show through more prominently. Sunbathing speeds up this process by breaking down collagen and mottling skin color.

Seasonal allergies are to blame for many people. “They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn inflame blood vessels and cause swelling,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston. To determine why your circles happen, gently stretch the skin under your eyes. If that area becomes darker, the circles are probably due to genetics or aging. If the color doesn’t change, UV rays or allergies are probably the cause.

How to Treat Them

If you have vascular-related under-eye circles, try these tips: elevate your head with extra pillows while sleeping to prevent blood pooling, apply a cold compress in the morning for five minutes to reduce blood vessel dilation, and use an eye cream containing caffeine or arnica-based creams to diminish darkness. Additionally, consider incorporating flavonol-rich dark chocolate and omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods like salmon and walnuts into your diet to enhance skin blood flow.

For allergy-induced circles, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before allergies begin to abate shadows.

And, last, if thin skin is the issue, use a collagen-building cream. “One of my top go-to ingredients is retinol,” says Hirsch. “It helps increase collagen production” (one product to try is ROC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Eye Cream, $23 at walmart.com). Vitamin C also encourages production and can help brighten skin tone (find it in a product such as Renée Rouleau Vitamin C Eye Serum, $60, reneerouleau.com). And wear sunscreen daily, says Hirsch, or you’ll cancel out the benefits from any of these treatments.

For quick circle camouflage, apply eye cream and let it dry for a few minutes. Then pat on a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone. Top with a layer of loose powder, which helps prevent makeup from caking in creases.

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