Raise your hands if you’ve ever had dark circles under your eyes?
Well, if that sounds familiar, then you’ll know what we’re talking about. You’ve heard advice saying that you need 8 hours of sleep in order to feel well-rested. If you’re one who has followed that advice of getting enough sleep but yet, still wake up looking that you’re not rested and worse, sporting dark circles, you’ll understand this dilemma.
What Causes Dark Circles?
You may have your genes to thank for your under-eye dark circles because it’s often hereditary. It can happen to anyone, but those with darker skin tones seem to get it more often due to hyperpigmentation. This is because the areas of skin become darker due to an overabundance of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.
Dark circles also often become more visible as you get older. This is because the skin under your eyes gets thinner over time. The skin under our eyes is the most delicate part of our skin. Besides the hyperpigmentation that also happens to our skin as we get older, there are also large dark circles, also referred to as hollowness, which are the result of losing volume under the eyes.
Another culprit to dark circles can be your eating habits. Poor nutrition or crash dieting can contribute to dark circles since “rapid fluctuations of weight cause you to also lose volume in your face.
Can They Be Prevented?
According to some dermatologists, the best way to preventing dark circles is to focus on living a healthy lifestyle. You should definitely avoid things that accelerate aging, like unprotected sun exposure and smoking. Unfortunately, if the cause is genetics, there’s no way to prevent them but trying one of the treatment options below may help reduce their appearance over time.
How Can Dark Circles Be Treated?
It is important to keep the skin under the eye area moisturized. Start off by trying a moisturizer that’s specifically formulated for the eye area. Get a cream specifically that targets these problems, such as these creams we’ve tried and tested. If you’ve younger skin, then La Mer’s Illuminating Eye Gel is ideal for your eye care regime.
If you feel that you have more serious problems that cannot be treated with eye creams like sallowness and severe hyperpigmentation, then visit your dermatologist for advice. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment for you.