Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common in men and women. Often accompanied by bags, dark circles can make you appear older than you are. To make matters worse, they can be difficult to get rid of.
While fatigue may seem like the most logical explanation for this condition, there are a number of factors that can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. Some common causes include:
Oversleeping, extreme fatigue, or just staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause dark circles to form under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show.
Natural aging is another common cause of those dark circles beneath your eyes. As you get older, your skin becomes thinner. You also lose the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. As this occurs, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the area below your eyes to darken.
Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can darken.
Allergic reactions and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. When you have an allergic reaction, your body release histamines as a response to harmful bacteria. Other than causing uncomfortable symptoms — including itchiness, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines also cause your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible beneath your skin.
Dehydration is a common cause of dark circles under your eyes. When your body is not receiving the proper amount of water, the skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and your eyes look sunken. This is due to their close proximity to the underlying bone.
Overexposure to the sun can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin, the pigment that provides your skin with color. Too much sun — particularly for your eyes — can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken.
Family history also plays a part in developing dark circles under your eyes. It can be an inherited trait seen early in childhood, and may worsen as you age or slowly disappear. Predispositions to other medical conditions — such as thyroid disease — can also result in dark circles beneath your eyes.
Here is how to treat them!
1. Hyaluronic Acid
This is an absolutely amazing humectant that grabs moisture out of the air and holds it against your skin to deliver deeply absorbed moisture and hydration. It is perfect for dry or dehydrated skin. When your skin is moisturized, it actually plumps up and fills out fine lines. And it isn't magic! You all know a lot about our Hyaluronic Acid serum by now. But did you know we have a specially formulated eye cream with hyaluronic acid? Check it out.
This is an anti-aging wonder-ingredient because it kind of does it all. It gently resurfaces skin to remove dulling dead skin cells and encourages cellular turnover. Retinol kicks skin’s collagen and elastin production into gear to help rebuild tissue giving you smoother wrinkles, softer skin, and lightened up dark spots! Check out our Retinol Serum if you haven't yet.
When our skin is damaged by UV exposure, free radicals wreak havoc by breaking down collagen, altering our skin’s texture, and causing hyperpigmentation. Antioxidants, fight free radical bad guys by repairing damage and encouraging cells to rebuild healthy skin. Antioxidant vitamin C not only encourages cellular repair, it also inhibits melanin production to improve the look of dark spots and help prevent future damage. We have the perfect Vitamin C Serum for you if you haven't tried it yet.
Peptides are made up of amino acids. When they get in formation, they create proteins. Proteins are like the building blocks of your skin. Peptide-rich formulas can help rebuild skin to fill it out, thickening it over time, to help improve the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. You can find this incredible ingredient in our Anti Aging Moisturizer!