Dark circles under eyes are a common complaint and one people usually associate with lack of sleep. The sleep can be the main factor. Dark circles can also be associated with age, allergies, or skin pigmentation. According to a 2016 article published in the Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery scientific journal, the severity can vary from person to person as the appearance of dark circles is determined by the underlying ligament and bone structure, soft tissue contributions, and the quality of the infraorbital skin. There are surgical treatments and invasive procedures available. Also, there are many quick and easy steps you can take to prevent and reduce their appearance.
In this article, we look at the common causes. Moreover, how to get rid of dark circles under eyes once and for all.
3 COMMON CAUSES OF DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM
* Lack of sleep
Fatigue, lack of sleep and oversleeping are the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes. Even after just one bad night, the blood vessels around the eyes can dilate and as the skin is so thin. This results in the appearance of a darker pigmentation. Similarly, a lack of sleep can also cause fluids to sit beneath the eye and create puffiness or bags. The shadows from these onto the skin can also result in dark, sullen looking eyes.
Getting a good night’s sleep may be all you need to prevent or reduce the appearance of dark circles. Though for some of us it may not be that simple. If you’re having trouble sleeping, be aware of your circadian rhythm. And try to create an evening routine which supports it. In a 2015 clinical trial published by the National Institutes of Health. Some participants were given light-emitting e-readers to use an hour before bed. Whereas a control group was given a book. The participants using e-readers were shown to produce less melatonin, took longer to fall asleep and were less alert in the mornings than those reading a book. About an hour before bed, avoid screens which emit unnatural light. Instead opting for a book or meditation to help your mind and body wind down, ready for rest.
A candle can also be used in aid of your evening routine. Producing relaxing scents which trigger the olfactory system and travel to stress receptors in the brain, inducing a sense of calm. Malée’s Polyanthes Soy Candle has a subtle floral scent, perfect for creating a tranquil environment in which you can relax. Not only does the fragrance contribute to this but the low. Natural lighting will also keep your circadian rhythm in check, allowing the brain to understand that it is night-time. Our Polyanthes soy candle is plant-based. Moreover, it made with 100% natural ingredients. Including warm vanilla and lotus flower, for an enchanting addition which is kind to the environment.
Aging is another common cause of dark circles under the eyes. As we age, the skin becomes thinner, collagen is lost. Furthermore, the tissue around the eyes weaken, allowing fat to move below the eye. The eyes can then appear puffy and swollen, casting shadows onto the skin to create a darker appearance. The loss of collagen can also allow veins and wrinkles to become more prominent, adding to the darkened circles.
There are many natural remedies to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Applying a cold compress to the area twice a day can help by restricting blood flow and reducing swelling. Alternatively, slices of cucumber have astringent properties, contracting the skin cells whilst simultaneously mildly lightening the skin. If you are considering purchasing skincare products to help, a 2004 study published by the National Library of Medicine found that applying a topical treatment which contained vitamins E and C ‘was fairly or moderately effective in reducing dark under-eye circles’. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help to regenerate the skin. Improving pigmentation whilst fighting the effects of free radicals. There are many natural ingredients which contain vitamin E. So keep an eye out for coconut, almond and avocado oil to ensure your skin is nourished without the use of harsh chemicals.
Dark circles under the eyes can be a tell-tale sign of dehydration. Without enough moisture, skin can lose its plumpness. And this is more apparent under the eyelids where the skin is so close to the bone. As with a lack of sleep, dehydration can also cause blood vessels to become more prominent, resulting in darker pigmentation.
It is imperative that your skin is kept hydrated to stay healthy and well-protected. As the skin is the body’s largest organ. Increasing the amount of water you drink on a daily basis. This can help to get rid of and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Moisturisers and eye creams can also be applied directly to the area. This will help restoring and locking in moisture for skin which is plumped and more elasticated.
Malée’s Conditioning Body Cream can be used daily to improve the overall hydration and health of the skin. And for the rest of the body too. Rich in essential oils. Including wheat germ oil which is another source of vitamin E. Alongside nourishing fatty acids and beeswax, our body cream works to penetrate the outer layers of the skin, restoring moisture and creating a non-greasy seal, preventing further water loss. Keeping the skin in optimal condition helps to protect against external pollutants and ensure regular cell regeneration, for a youthful, healthy glow.
Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by a range of factors including fatigue, aging, and dehydration. To work out how to get rid of dark circles under eyes, you should determine the cause and try natural remedies or topical creams which can help to improve the elasticity and pigmentation below the eyes, leaving you with skin which is fresh and healthy.
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