While cute on panda bears and raccoons, dark circles around your eyes are unfortunately not desirable on humans. Along with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark under-eye areas are one of the most visible signs of aging and can make people appear to be older than they really are. But age, however, is not the only factor that causes them to appear.
Although anyone can get them, including both women and men, some people are more predisposed to developing the condition, including those who:
· Are genetically predisposed, including people with a condition called periorbital hyperpigmentation
· Experience a large amount of stress on a daily basis
· Are elderly
· Do not get enough sleep and/or hydration
The skin around the eyes (especially underneath) is thin and very delicate. The skin on the rest of the body is actually four times thicker than the skin under the eyes. Because of this, it is easier to see the blood vessels below the surface – plus some people simply have skin that is naturally thinner than others. When those vessels are damaged, blood can leak out, which can result in that dark hue associated with eye circles. Combine that factor with fluid buildup and the problem becomes even more visible.
Although dark under-eye circles can be difficult to get rid of, the good news is that there are ways they can be diminished and possibly even eliminated altogether. For millennia, people have been working to unveil the best methods to conceal and get rid of theirs, including putting the best eye cream for dark circles to use. If you battle dark circles and puffiness and have been on a similar hunt, this article is for you.
What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
Many people attribute their dark eye circles to fatigue, but the truth is there are numerous factors that can contribute to dark eye circles. In the majority of cases, they are of no cause for concern and do not warrant medical attention.
Smoking robs the skin of important nutrients, leading to damage that can make the appearance of bags and circles even greater.
Salt contributes to fluid retention within the body, which can cause more fluid to collect under the eyes.
Sleeping on your stomach can cause fluid to drain, thus collecting in the front of your face. This contributes to eye puffiness.
Lack of Sleep
Although poor sleep does not thin your skin, it can still contribute to the appearance of dark circles. When a person is sleep-deprived, cortisol (a stress hormone) production is increased. When these levels rise, the blood volume in your body also rises, causing blood vessels to expand to accommodate the increased amount of blood. This can cause dark circles to be more visible.
Skin loses elasticity as we age and the process of regeneration slows down. This causes the skin to become even thinner, causing those unwanted under-eye circles to be enhanced.
Staring at a screen can cause eye strain, which can cause blood vessels around the eye to enlarge. This can also cause the skin to darken around the eyes. Those who have a job that is desk-oriented may find they have darker undereye circles.
Eye dryness and allergic reactions can cause those unsightly dark circles to show up too, often the result of histamine response. Plus, when people deal with eye redness, itchiness, and puffiness, they are more inclined to scratch and rub their eyes, which can contribute to swelling, inflammation and broken blood vessels.
How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
Some lifestyle changes may help to diminish dark under-eye circles, including:
· Protecting your eyes from the sun: Skin protection with sunscreen products and sunglasses helps to prevent ultraviolet damage that causes further skin aging and pigmentation problems.
· Reducing sinus congestion: Sinus congestion can cause those under-eye veins to fill with more blood, causing that darkish hue under the eyes. Use a daily sinus irrigation tool, like a neti pot, to clear your sinuses and improve your under-eye appearance.
· Avoid rubbing your eyes: Rubbing your eyes can cause a dark skin problem called hyperpigmentation. Also, be gentle when using makeup removing products or washing your face.
· Getting plenty of rest: Getting adequate amounts of sleep is important for self-care. Your Eyes are sensitive to fatigue and often show when you haven’t had enough rest. Aim for eight hours of sleep each night.
· Stay hydrated. When we are dehydrated, the body retains water, especially around the eyes. So, aim to get eight eight-ounce glasses of water or clear fluids every day.
Should I Use an Eye Cream for Dark Circles?
The short answer is a resounding yes. Eye creams are helpful eye treatments that are usually more nourishing and thicker than typical lotions and moisturizers. They are formulated to treat the dry skin around our eyes, which needs special care. The ingredients in eye creams are formulated with a greater amount of active ingredients than regular skin care products to target the specific problems the skin around the eyes is subject to.
Best Eye Cream for Dark Circles Ingredients
Many eye creams for dark circles include ingredients such as Caffeine, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin C, collagen, retinoids, and more. Each of these ingredients helps to boost the production of collagen, making the skin around the eyes stronger, better moisturized and healthier, as well as more elastic and flexible. Here are some ingredients you should look for when trying to find the best anti-aging eye cream:
Caffeine helps to tighten the blood vessels around the eyes for a while, boosting the skin’s energy. IT is a vasoconstrictor that also helps to neutralize free radicals from DNA damage. Caffeine also has anti-inflammatory properties that also prevent skin damage while improving skin texture.
Hyaluronic Acid, Humectants, and Ceramides
That extra thin skin around the eyes looks better if it is properly hydrated. Products that contain these, such as the Rhonda Allison Hyaluronic Serum, helps to create a strong skin barrier to protect this delicate area while supporting your skin’s integrity.
Creams that include retinoids can be used cautiously to help conceal darkly pigmented skin tone while promoting cell regeneration.
Vitamin C is helpful in producing collagen as well as brightening the skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that enhances the neutralization of free radicals.
Our most popular eye cream products that put these ingredients to use include:
· Rhonda Allison Peptide 3 in 1 Eye Cream, best for reducing puffiness and signs of aging.
· Eminence Bearberry Eye Repair Cream, best for hydration.
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