“You look tired.” It’s the comment you dread in the morning after waking up with sullen skin and less-than-glowing peepers. Ugh, why did I have that third drink at the bar last night?!
Dark circles can appear for lots of reasons—and not all of them are due to the wrath of late-night drinking or burning the midnight oil. The dark under-eye appearance may be due to:
Increased pigmentation (melanin)
Dilated blood vessels
Some people may have a genetic predisposition to dark circles, and dark under-eyes can also appear due to aging and in those with darker skin tones.
Other times, certain habits may cause them to appear or be more noticeable, such as:
Rubbing the eyes
Fatigue or lack of sleep
Treating dark circles depends on the cause (since you can’t do anything about aging or your genes), but there are some things you can do to make them less noticeable.
Wear sunglasses when outdoors
Elevate your head with extra pillows while you sleep to reduce eyelid swelling
Apply a cold compress, like a chilled spoon, to minimize the appearance of blood vessels
Along with your cold compress, lightly massage eye area to reduce swelling
Apply light-reflecting concealers (often yellow or gold) in the shadowed area
With these tips, your eyes' future never looked so bright.
Here are more ways to have younger, glowing skin:
Dark circles under the eyes. Hamilton, NZ: DermNet NZ. (Accessed on February 18, 2022 at https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/dark-circles-under-the-eyes)
Periorbital hyperpigmentation − An overview of the enigmatous condition. Chandigarh, India: Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research. (Accessed on February 18, 2022 at http://www.pigmentinternational.com/article.asp?issn=2349-5847;year=2018;volume=5;issue=1;spage=1;epage=3;aulast=Daroach)
Periorbital Hyperpigmentation: A Comprehensive Review. New Delhi, India: Drs. Sarkar, Ranjan, Garg V, and Bansal are from the Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College and LokNayak Hospital. (Accessed on February 18, 2022 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4756872)
Infraorbital Dark Circles: A Review of the Pathogenesis, Evaluation and Treatment. Houston, Texas: Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (Accessed on February 18, 2022 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27398005)