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How to improve dark circles under your Eyes

Updated: Dec 6, 2022


Close up of two ladies eyes


How to improve dark circles under your Eyes

Dark circle around the eyes is very common, they are often accompanied by bags. We always believe that dark circles are caused by a lack of sleep, but this is not always the case as there are many causes for dark circles. Although fatigue usually seems like the most common source there are many other causes for dark circles.


Dark circles can affect anyone, but they are more common in:

- Older adults.

- People with darker skin tones, who are more prone to hyperpigmentation around the eye area.


There are several causes to having dark circles, here is a list below:

- Age

- Fatigue

- Eyestrain

- Allergies

- Dehydration

- Sun exposure

- Genetics

- Anemia


Close up of a ladies wrinkles around her eyes

How to treat your dark circles depends on the cause of them however the are some home remedies that can help.


Here is a list below:


- Apply a cold compress. A cold compress may reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels to lessen the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean washcloth and apply it to your eyes. You can also dampen a washcloth with cold water and apply it to the skin under your eyes for 20 minutes for the same effect.


- Get extra sleep. Catching up on sleep may also help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Sleep deprivation may cause your skin to appear pale, making the dark circles more obvious.


- Elevate your head. While sleep deprivation might play a part in producing those dark bags under your eyes, sometimes it’s from how you sleep. Try elevating your head with a few pillows. This may prevent fluid from pooling under your eyes, which makes them look puffy and swollen.


- Stay hydrated. Do your best to drink more water. Other fluids can also help keep you hydrated, including milk, tea, and juices. Eating fruits and vegetables also adds to your overall fluid intake.


- Soak with tea bags. Tea contains caffeine and antioxidants that can help stimulate blood circulation, shrink blood vessels, and reduce liquid build-up under your skin. Soak two black or green tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes, then chill them in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes. Once they’re cold, apply the tea bags to your closed eyes for 10 to 20 minutes, then remove them and rinse your eyes with cool water.


- Try eye creams.

There some many eye creams on the market to choose from. They may reduce the look of dark circles by hydrating and smoothing the skin around your eyes.


- Conceal with makeup. You can hide you dark circles with the use of a concealer, concealers cover them, so they blend in with your typical skin colour.


- Almond oil and vitamin E has natural healing advocates suggest mixing equal amounts of almond oil and vitamin E and then, just prior to bedtime, gently massaging the mixture into the dark circles. In the morning, wash the area with cold water. Repeat the process nightly until the dark circles disappear.


- Moisturizers there are a several of over-the-counter moisturizers that might help you with the dark circles under your eyes. Many of them contain caffeine, vitamin E, aloe, hyaluronic acid, and/or retinol.


- Vitamin K a 2015 showed that placing a pad (which contained a mixture that included caffeine and vitamin K) under the eye resulted in a reduction in wrinkle depth and dark circles.


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