No matter how confident you are as a woman, there are still a few things here and there that can get under your skin… literally. One of those that have caught my attention lately are dark circles under the eyes. You know what I’m talking about. This pesky beauty issue is one that a lot of us deal with and want to cover, but we have no idea how it started in the first place. That’s why I decided to do a little beauty research.
First things first, dark circles under the eyes are very common in both men and women. According to the Mayo Clinic, the causes can range from allergies to Eczema. But it can also be hereditary, caused by rubbing or scratching your eyes, or due to your lifestyle—physical or emotional stress, too much sun exposure, smoking, or chronic alcohol use. Nasal congestion can even play a part by darkening the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose. Last but not least, you can’t forget the thinning of the skin and loss of fat and collagen, which is common as we age. This can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes very obvious.
Remember, I’m not a medical professional, so any questions or concerns you have should be directed at your physician. The Mayo Clinic recommends seeing your doctor if the discoloration and swelling appear under just one eye and seem to get worse over time.
Now that we know what may cause dark circles under the eyes, here are a few self-care solutions.
1. Take Good Care of Yourself
If the dark circles under the eyes are due to your lifestyle, then maybe it’s time to take better care of yourself. Find ways to relieve stress in a healthy way like getting some exercise and more rest. Watch your diet and stay hydrated. And in my opinion, it’s always a good time to quit smoking. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses to help prevent further sun damage to the area under your eyes too.
2. Check Out Eye Creams
According to WebMD.com, a few ingredients in eye creams can help. They claim that caffeine helps tighten blood vessels and can stop puffiness, while retinol and vitamins C and E can lighten the dark circles under the eye. But Dr. Rebecca Kazin, the medical director of the Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center, warns that these aren’t a total cure. She tells WebMD, “I don’t think there is one treatment out there that erases them, unfortunately.”
3. Cover it Up
Concealers can do wonders when it comes to covering up dark circles under the eyes. I personally love using Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector. It does a great job with camouflaging and even offers a Broad-spectrum SPF of 25. However, not all concealers are perfect. The Mayo Clinic advises against using products containing Salicylic or Glycolic acid. They claim it can irritate delicate eye tissue, making redness and swelling worse.
4. Put Your Allergies in Check
Get a handle on your allergies. I’ve recently been diagnosed with sinus issues, so I know all about how rubbing your eyes can cause dark circles. Talk to your doctor about the proper medication for your allergies or check out some natural remedies if you’d prefer.
5. Cool Down
Discover Fit & Health recommends natural remedies like placing a brewed, cooled teabag over the eyes for 15 minutes. They report that the caffeine acts as a diuretic that pulls fluid from the eye sockets and can reduce puffiness. They also suggest covering your eyes with a cucumber slice or a cotton ball dipped in ice water. They note that this can help reduce blood vessel expansion and puffiness.