To treat under eye circles you first need to examine the color of the dark circle. This will tell you what the cause is and give you a better plan of action for treatment.
Look straight into a mirror in natural light, then lower your chin slightly to expose the shadows under your eyes. You can now see more clearly whether your circles are more blue or more brown.
Blue Under Eye Circles
These are the result of oxygenated blood pooling beneath the under eye skin. The skin under your eyes is very thin and almost transparent, so blood shows through. As we age, we loose some of the subcutaneous fat that masks the blueness below the surface of the skin, so our tendency for blue under eye circles increases.
After a night of being horizontal, fluids accumulate and the veins below our eyes expand to hold more blood. Combine this with thinning skin, and we get blue under eye circles.
Placing something cold on your under eye area can help constrict blood vessels and reduce the pooled blood. A cold cloth, or cold slices of cucumber work.
Tip: Keep your eye cream in the fridge.
Topical creams with stimulating ingredients such as caffeine can constrict blood vessels and temporarily boost circulation. Hyaluronic acid, a potent skin hydrator, can plump the area, pushing the skin up and away from the pooled blood.
Vitamin C can help thicken the skin under the eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
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Brown Under Eye Circles
These are the result of hyperpigmentation, triggered by genetics, sun exposure or chronic eye-rubbing.
Daily use of a serum or cream containing a skin lightener is your best bet. Avoid hydroquinone, as it is too strong for the eye area. Instead look for natural ingredients such as; kojic acid, vitamin C, licorice extract, or Niacinamide.
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Wearing sunscreen will help prevent the recurrence and development of brown circles due to sun exposure, it will also help prevent the skin from thinning and becoming more transparent.
How do you treat dark circles? Do you have any products to recommend?
Yours In Beauty,