The eyes are important to everyone! People always say that “the eyes are the window to the soul”? It is already proved that the skin around your eyes can say a lot about how you’re doing and feeling. A rough night working late or taking care of a kid can show up on your face the next morning in the form of those dreaded dark eye circles. And other stressors like the COVID-19, finance, job…etc, could be other reasons that your eyes look tired and puffy.
“What gives the skin under your eyes its color is a combination of blood vessels, pigment in the skin, and the thickness of the skin, along with fluid that can accumulate in this delicate, sensitive area,” explains Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist at Day Dermatology & Aesthetics and clinical associate professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Centres. “Dark eye circles are often a combination of pigment making the skin darker and redness from dilated blood vessels,” she says.
- What causes dark eye circles?
- How to shop for the best skincare products for dark eye circles
- Some other small tips may help
What causes dark eye circles?
What makes the dark eye circles? Dr. Day says lack of sleep, dehydration, drinking too much alcohol and not eating a well-balanced diet are all lifestyle factors that can contribute to the appearance of dark circles, but genetics and aging come into play, too.
Dr. Evan Rieder, a board-certified dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone and member of the American Academy of Dermatology, says that someone’s physiology plays a larger role in developing dark circles than we realize. “Some people just naturally have darker areas under the eyes. They may look more severe in fairer skin tones, but people of South Asian or African ancestry might also notice that they have a sharp cut-off around their eyes,” he says.
Aging is also one of the leading causes of dark eye circles. As you get older, the tissue around the eyes weakens, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This breakdown in collagen can cause fat to shift to the lower eyelids, creating dark shadows and puffiness.
Unfortunately, aging in the eye area happens in layers, which is why you see a gradual sag in your skin from the eyelids to the brows to the forehead. Deep under the eye area is a framework for bones, muscles, ligaments, fat pads, lymphatics, nerves and blood vessels that hold everything in place, Day explains. “These elements don’t age in a synchronous way, which over time, can lead to hollows, under-eye bags skin,” she says.
Sometimes, fine lines in the forehead are linked to heaviness in the eyelids and drooping eyebrows. “Many, if not most, forehead lines, are not due to primary wrinkling of the forehead itself but rather as a secondary effect of heavy eyelids. The normal response to heavy eyelids is to raise the brows and this creates forehead wrinkles,” Day says.
Another little-known reason you might develop dark circles is from rubbing your eyes. “Allergies can increase redness and rubbing the eyes will lead to darkening through increased pigment from the irritation,” Day says. “It’s one of the worst things you can do to the delicate skin in this sensitive area. Just don’t do it.”
How to shop for the best skincare products for dark eye circles
A lot of experts all agree that the best way to treat dark eye circles is through a combination of cosmetic treatments performed by a dermatologist, healthy lifestyle changes and high-quality skincare products.
Using eye creams and skincare products can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. “The same ingredients that help prevent and treat skin aging are helpful for under the eyes,” Waldorf says. To help you choose the best eye creams or skincare products for treating dark circles, here’s a quick checklist of important ingredients to look for:
Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps up skin, giving you a youthful and radiant glow. By brightening the skin, it can help mask darkness under the eyes. “Hyaluronic acid and glycerin help pull moisture into the epidermis from the environment above and dermis below,” Waldorf says.
- Caffeine works to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes, reducing redness, Rieder says.
- Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and the over-the-counter version of prescription retinoids. Retinols help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming by promoting cell turnover in the skin. “Topical retinol and alpha hydroxy acid products that are specially designed for the delicate eyelid skin and can help improve the texture and color of the skin,” Waldorf says. “But they must be used with care because they can be irritating.”
- Vitamin C and polyphenols help reduce oxidative stress from environmental pollutants, Waldorf says. Note that eye products with vitamin C have lower concentrations of the active ingredient than those for the rest of the face.
- Peptides are the building blocks of collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and smooth. As you age, the rate of collagen your skin produces slows down, so using eye creams with peptides helps stimulate their growth.
Some other tips may help:
- If you have dark circles because of increased pigment, use brightening products and sunscreen.
- Sleep on your back and use an extra pillow.
- Be gentle with your makeup remover
- Sleep more, or at least get more restful sleep.
- Try tea bags
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