Ins & Outs of Dark Circles
What can cause dark circles?
Having dark circles is more common than you might think, but just because they're common doesn't mean we love seeing them when we wake up in the morning.
Dark circles can appear underneath the eyes, causing you to appear tired or older than you actually are, and they can come in many different shades. Dark circles can affect people of all ages, but it's most common in older people, people with a family history of having dark circles, or people with darker skin tones.
It can be really frustrating when you're dedicated to your skincare routine, but it just doesn't seem to be helping. Why does that happen? Your skincare routine isn't the only thing that affects dark circles.
Dark circles can be caused by many different things:
If your family has a history of dark circles, you're most likely to see them on yourself too. This is a trait that can be seen even as early as childhood. Over time, the dark circles can either become lighter or darker.
As we get older, our skin becomes thinner. Because our skin is already thin and sensitive underneath our eyes, it can cause blood vessels beneath our skin to become more visible, resulting in dark circles.
Hydration is extremely important for your skin to keep its glowing, youthful look. Not staying hydrated can cause the skin to look dull and cause your eyes to look sunken in.
Lack of Sleep
You've probably seen dark circles when you didn't get a good night's sleep. This is because sleep deprivation can cause your skin to look duller and paler and cause the blood vessels under your skin to become more visible. Lack of sleep can also cause cause fluid to build up underneath your eyes, resulting in puffy eyes as well as dark circles.
Allergic reactions can cause your eyes to become dry, itchy, red, and puffy, as your body works to fight off whatever is causing the reaction. Allergic reactions also often make you want to rub your eyes more, but this can actually make your symptoms worse and cause blood vessels to break.
Straining your Eyes
Looking at a computer screen or T.V. all day can put a lot of strain on your eyes, enlarging your blood vessels and darkening the skin around your eyes.
Anemia or Dermatitis
Anemia is when your red blood cell levels are lower than normal. It can also cause your skin to look paler than usual, enhancing the dark circles underneath your eyes.
Dermatitis causes blood vessels to dilate and show through the skin.
How can I get rid of dark circles?
Though you may not be able to completely get rid of them, especially if having dark circles is related to genetics or allergies, there are still some things you can do that may help reduce their appearance.
Drink More Water
Make sure you're staying hydrated. I can't say this enough. Water helps keep your body and your skin hydrated, healthy, and happy. It also can help soften lines, reduce the appearance of dark circles, and help maintain your skin's elasticity.
Get More Sleep
That's it. Not getting enough sleep results in paler skin, so to help combat dark circles, ensure you're getting around 8 hours of sleep at night. You can also try elevating your head with some pillows when you sleep to help prevent puffy eyes.
Apply a Cold Compress
Cold compresses can help by shrinking dilated blood vessels, reducing puffy eyes and dark circles. Try wrapping some ice cubes in a washcloth and applying it to your eyes, or apply cold spoons underneath your eyes.
Soak with Tea Bags
Caffeine and antioxidants can help stimulate blood circulation, reduce liquid buildup, and shrink blood vessels. Try soaking green or black tea bags in hot water for five minutes. Then, let them chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Once chilled, apply them to your closed eyes for 10-20 minutes. Remove and rinse your eyes.
Use Skincare Products
And of course, it's all about making sure you're using hydrating and moisturizing skincare products, like eye creams, to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Our Caviar Eye Contour Cream can work wonders to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffy eyes, and even crow's feet.
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