Dark circles can be induced by three major things: lifestyle choices, poor blood circulation, and genetics. In the case of hereditary dark circles, it’s a result of a gene inherited from your mother or father, that brings itself as dark pigmentation under the eyes. Genetically, there are people who normally have thinner skin, which makes blood pooling in this area more obvious. Most of the time it’s triggered by poor circulation.
This type of dark circle is very different from the other dark circles because you might have had them since your childhood and is not caused by any environmental factors. People might have come up to you and ask you questions like “Did you get enough sleep?”, “Are you sick”, “Are you having the flu again?” even though you’re just perfectly healthy. And no matter what you do, you’d always wake up with dark circles being consistently present on your face, and not going anywhere.
Before we go into the solutions to your problems, let’s try to see first the possible causes of your annoying dark circles. Those dark shadows under your eyes can be inherited due to these many reasons:
- Your dark circles is a reflection of the vessels underneath the skin since the skin is thinner than the rest of your face.
- Your hereditary allergies cause inflammation and tend to dilate the vessels under your eyes, thus the dark appearance.
- Your under eyes have more pigment than the rest of your body. And this can further be irritated by factors such as excess sun exposure.
- If your body has poor circulation, it may cause the Red Blood Cells in your blood to accumulate in the thin vessels under your eyes. Since our vessels are very fragile in nature, this can lead to their rupture and will result in bruise-like patches under your eyes.
Now that you’ve understood its causes, you can try these remedies and ways that can surely work for everyone.
Drink Plenty of Water
This is pretty simple. If your body gets dehydrated, it will try to compensate by retaining as much water as possible that leads in puffiness and under-eye bags. It’s important that you make sure that you are drinking the recommended amount of water. Doing this will not only keep your skin looking good, but it’ll keep dark under eyes away from your face. You can keep a litre of a bottle of water on your desk since you are supposed to drink 2 litres of water a day.
Potato and Cucumber Paste
Potato is rich in Vitamin C and cucumber provides a cooling effect and soothes away any puffiness while the starch nurtures them under your eyes. This is just easy since all you have to do is to put in half a cucumber and potato in your food processor until you get a good paste. Also, you can even add some drops of lemon juice to improve its longevity so you can store it for up to a week.
Since green tea is packed with caffeine, it can help to shrink the blood vessels in your under eyes, lessening inflammation in the veins and skin. The caffeine in the tea will also limit the blood capillaries, reducing the appearance of dark circles and swelling in puffy eyes. You may brew and then chill the green tea bags, once it’s chilled, you can simply place them under your eyes. You can find the method of mixing brewed green tea leaves with a little Vaseline or honey to be really successful and easy.
To get rid of swelling and to effectively drain the blood from your under eyes, apply something cool. If you are cooling this area, the blood vessels will constrict. You can use anything you have in your fridge such as cucumber slices to ice cubes to cold spoon. Jade rollers also work in wonders for depuffing, and you can store yours in the fridge for a fast de-puff in the mornings
You can gradually encourage your under-eye circles to produce less pigment with lightening agents such as hydroquinone acid and kojic acid. There are non-prescription-strength lighteners like Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening, which contains 2% hydroquinone acid and kojic acid. If you are not aware, Kojic acid can help make hereditary dark under-eye circles less noticeable by blocking the production of melanin, a substance that gives the skin its colour.
Professional Chemical Peel
With the help of professional chemical peel, it can remove layers of damaged skin. These types of peels usually use an acid solution such as trichloroacetic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids to shed off dead skin. This procedure can get rid of pigmentation and enhance the overall appearance of the skin. Chemical peels are commonly used as an addition to other dark under-eye circle treatments such as laser therapy.
If you have the budget and you really want to remove your dark circles, you can undergo laser resurfacing to get rid layers of skin damage. Lasers work by producing an exceptional beam of bright light. If the laser beam directs at dark, under-eye circles, its light energy is soaked up by water or pigments, including melanin. The absorption aids to make pigmentation less noticeable.
With all of the tips above, having enough sleep can help your skin to improve faster while using your current skincare products or by following these tips. So which one would you want to try first?
Author Bio: Ivandrea is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, one of Australia’s leading makeup and skincare brand with 85 concept store, over 100 department store counters. Ivandrea loves anything skincare-related and also believes that makeup is another form of art. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.