We’ve all had a late night of working or studying that in the morning added some unpleasant raccoon-like features to our eyes. Dark circles affect everyone at some point time or another. They can be caused by genetics, aging, prolonged crying, stress, having dry skin, spending too much time in front of a screen or not getting enough sleep. With a variety of reason why dark circles happen, it’s hard to determine what would be the proper way to take care of them. The fastest way to determine the root cause of your dark circles is to very gently stretch the skin under your eyes. If the dark circles get darker, they’re most likely due to genetics or aging. If the color doesn’t change, the root cause could be allergies, sun exposure, bad diet or lack of sleep. How do we address some of these issues?
Genetics. Genetics can make dark eye circles more susceptible to others. If you have fair skin, slower circulation, often from lack of sleep, causes the capillaries under your eyes to stretch and leak. This leads to a pool of blood under your eyes that causes the darkness. The best way to deal with this is to invest in a good concealer and to use an ice pack or cool tea pack under your eyes every morning before applying makeup. Makeup Artist Tamah Krinsky recommends, “a light creamy concealer that won’t crack or seep into the fine lines around the eye area. Also, many makeup artists, such as Gallegos, recommend a conceal with a little more yellow pigment than in your natural skin. “This will cancel out the blue or purple hues and also brighten the area. And don’t cake it on!”.
Aging. Over time, skin thins and collagen is lost. This makes veins appear more prominently through the skin. Tanning specifically speeds up the process of breaking down collagen which is especially detrimental. To prevent this, invest in a good collagen enhancing skin product with not too many external ingredients.
Seasonal Allergies. Allergies trigger the release of histamines which cause the blood vessels to swell from inflammation. To treat dark circles from allergies, use an ice pack or a cooled tea bag and apply over eyes for about 20 minutes in the morning. Dark circles from allergies also might be the cause of nasal congestion. The veins under your eyes typically drain fluids from the eyes to the nose. If the tract to the nose is congested, the flood packs up around the eyes and results in dark circles. You can rinse sinuses with nasal spray or you can breathe under a boiling pot of hot water to clear sinuses.
Rest and Diet. Not getting enough rest is a popular conception of dark circles under the eyes. When you have not gotten enough rest, not only does your skin become paler and hence make the blood vessels under your eyes more prominent, the lack of circulation from not getting enough rest also creates the rings. Caring Medical states that consuming a lot of caffeine or soda can induce the onset of exhaustion due. The artificial tiredness you create can stimulate hormones in a way that will create dark circles.