Approximately 9 out 10 people suffer from dark circles under their eyes at some in their life. This can be for a number of reasons, some of which are listed below.
5 common causes of dark circles under the eyes:
1. Exposure to the sun: The skin under your eyes is very thin and delicate, exposure to sunlight (especially during summer months) can cause hyper-pigmentation which consequently can give you dark circles.
2. Heredity: A combination of deep-set eyes and a family trait of transparent skin can produce the dark eye circles.
3. Lack of Sleep/Fatigue: These common factors lead to paleness of the skin – particularly the sensitive area under your eyes – which illuminates the blood flowing beneath your skin giving the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
4. Aging: As you get older the folds of skin under your eyes can become more pronounced leading to the dark circle affect.
5. Skin Allergies: Any skin condition that causes your skin to itch making you scratch or rub your skin causing a darkening of the area around your eyes.
3 Natural Remedies:
1. Cold tea bags and cucumbers: For a truly natural remedy use cold tea bags and cucumbers! There is definitely something soothing with having cucumbers and tea bags on top of your eyes. Tea bags and cucumbers reduce vascular inflammation and decrease swelling. This combination is especially good for dark swollen circles because there is tannin inside of the tea that helps with eliminating the puffiness. Simply place over closed eyes for twenty minutes.
2. Concealer: For a more conventional solution try using a concealer. Using yellow will neutralize the blues, purples, and husky hues on the skin. This does not rid the problem, but can build your confidence for the day to alleviate the ‘tired look’.
3. Anti-oxidants: Antioxidant treatments help to reduce fluid buildup under the eyes, which decreases the look of the dark circles. Go for treatments that involve a lot of vitamin C. Also, vitamin K is great for restoring stability and strength to the blood vessels under the eyes, which reduces their proliferation.