Dark under eye circles are a problem that plague men and women of all ages. While a lot of people think its main cause is a lack of sleep, the truth is, allergies, genes and diet also play an important factor. The skin under the eye is the thinnest, meaning it’s most vulnerable to wear and tear. If you don’t take good care of them, they are often the first signs of ageing. By that time, no amount of product can help get rid of dark under eye circles.
Simple fixes for dark under eye circles
A lot of treatments exist for dark under eye circles, but before we look at the products that can help eliminate them, here are some fixes to try:
- Treat your hay fever - Hay fever affects almost 45 per cent of the adult population, and while you may not have severe symptoms, it’s worth checking with your doctor since this could be the underlying cause of your dark circles.
- Nasal congestion – Blocked nasal passages can cause dark circles because the the veins connecting your eyes to your nose become darker and dilated. Using a neti-pot or taking anti-congestion medication can help clear your sinuses.
- Sleeping position – If you sleep with your face down, it could contribute to under eye circles because gravity encourages fluids to collect under your eyes. If you sleep on your side, the same will happen, except you’ll notice heavier bags near the side of your eyes. It’s difficult to change your sleeping position, but adding an extra pillow can help elevate your head and prevent fluids from reaching your eyes.
- Diet – No amount of products can help you get rid of dark circles if you have a diet that’s high in salt. Whilst salt (sodium chloride) is essential to the human body, it contributes to fluid retention, which as a result causes under eye circles and puffiness. Of course, our fast-paced lifestyles and addiction to takeaway doesn’t help.
These quick fixes can be helpful if the cause of your dark circles is not hereditary. It takes time and discipline to change things like your diet and sleeping pattern. If these fixes don’t work, then you can try the following products to fight your dark under eye circles.
Most of the products mentioned below feature ingredients that combat pigmentation, strengthen the thin skin under the eyes or encourage blood flow to fight blood-pooling – in some cases, all three.
Five Products to Treat Dark Under Eye Circles
Anthony Logistics For Men Eye Cream
- Uses caffeine to fight dark circles by stimulating blood flood
- Also has antioxidants – green tea and vitamin E – to form a protective barrier for the fragile skin under the eyes
- Doubles as a moisturizer with its inclusion of shea butter and glycerin
- Apply the eye cream under the eye on the orbital bone – not on the eyelid
Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue
- The most expensive anti-dark circle product here ($100 for 0.5oz)
- In this case, the cost does pay off. The Power K Eye Rescue has vitamin K, a proven ingredient that reduces broken capillaries and bruising
- The creamy texture is good to use at night and helps moisturise fragile skin under the eyes.
- It also contains light diffuser to reflect light and reduce the appearance of dark circles – it’s a cosmetic effect, but a welcomed touch before the effects of vitamin K kick in.
Clinique All About Eyes Rich Cream
- Contains whey protein as a key ingredients to stimulate collagen production
- It helps strengthen and de-puff skin under the eyes
- Best for dry to very dry skin as this is a very rich, thick cream – best to use at night
- Unfortunately, this cream comes in a jar packaging which some may find unhygienic
NIA 24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum
- NIA 24 is famous for its patented Pro-Niacin, a form of Vitamin B3 which has been clinically proven to help skin protect itself from wear and tear
- This serum contains Vitamin C and hexylresorcinol – ingredients that reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles by reducing melanin, the main substance that causes pigmentation.
- It has a lightweight consistency that sinks in the skin
- Suitable for use after the gym or mornings when you’re in a rush
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream
- Using Vitamin A in the form of Retinoid, this product a drugstore staple for those with dark circles woes.
- Mixture of AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) and Retinoid helps strengthen skin by encouraging cell turnover.
- As with all products designed for the eye area, be careful when applying it. A tiny dollop is sufficient for both eyes.
Final note on getting rid of dark under eye circles
All these treatments target existing dark under eye circles. Of course, prevention is always better than cure, and the proven way to prevent skin pigmentation anywhere – not just the eye – is through daily use of sunscreen.
The sun is the ultimate cause of ageing and sagging skin, so if you don’t want to wake up looking like a panda, think about which sunscreen you should use.
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