Are you tired of covering up under-eye dark circles daily and constantly wondering why they even exist in the first place? Determining the underlying cause is a crucial step to help minimize them.
People often think dark circles are due to a lack of sleep and long-term tiredness. Although this may be a common case, those pesky dark circles may actually be caused by both lifestyle and hereditary factors.
But, one lurking culprit is as simple as natural aging and thus, thinning of the under-eye area. If your under-eye circles are bluish, it's likely due to blood vessels peeking through that thinning skin. Aging may also cause volume depletion, resulting in hollowed-out shadows.
Other factors may also include:
- Lack of sleep
- Sun exposure
- Seasonal allergies
The good news, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help that area lighten up and the best part, they can be done in the comfort of your home.
- Apply a cold compress, tea bags or cool cucumbers to the area: The high water and vitamin C content of cucumber may help to nourish and moisturize the skin. Cool cucumbers and tea bags have additional powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that help reduce irritations. Applying a cold compress to the eyes can constrict blood vessels and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Keep an under-eye mask in the fridge for quick and easy application on hand when needed.
- Elevation: It’s not only lack of sleep that may cause this issue, sleeping incorrectly can contribute. Sleeping on your back with one or two pillows to prop your head up will improve circulation under your eyes.
- Prioritize Brightening Skin Care Ingredients: Consider adding a serum to your skin care regimen that contains skin-brightening ingredients like Lifelines Brightening Cleanser and Eye Firming Complex. These ingredients may include niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C which are excellent brighteners for that sensitive area.
If you are experiencing extreme dark circles for a long period of time, always contact your dermatologist to determine the underlying cause.