What really causes the dark circles under your eyes? Do not lose sleep over it. Pun intended.
Dark circles can be caused by various reasons, many of which are not really your fault and that you cannot help.
For some, dark circles are hereditary. The combination of fair and thin skin doesn’t help either.
Seasonal allergies are another reason for them. “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.
At times, you can cause dark circles with sleep deprivation or simply leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Excessive smoking and drinking will invite dark circles under your eyes as well.
Jeannette Graf, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City gives some rather interesting advice.
If you suffer from vascular issues, she recommends that you lay yourself to sleep on a couple of stacked pillows in order to prevent blood building under your eyes.
“In the morning, apply a cold compress for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels”
Using an eye cream with caffeine or Arnica-based creams will also do the trick. Arnica-based creams have anti-inflammatory properties which will reduce the appearance of darkness.
You might want to try eye creams with green tea or grapeseed oil too, which will strengthen the capillary walls.
If those are allergy-induced circles under your eyes, try an antihistamine, however, you want to consult your general practitioner too.
Lastly, if thin skin happens to be the issue, do yourself a favor and invest in a collagen-building cream. “One of my top go-to ingredients is retinol,” says Hirsch. “It helps increase collagen production”
Vitamin C can help brighten the skin tone. However, everything falls through if you don’t use sunscreen on a daily basis.
Of course, for the much needed quick fix, you can always apply some concealer. Make sure the spot is moisturized well, to prevent the loose powder from caking in the creases.