A question we get a lot is how to treat dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common. They can also be accompanied by puffiness or bags under the eye area.
As we get older, there is a decrease in collagen production, our skin becomes thinner the dark blood vessels beneath our skin become more visible, causing the area below our eyes to look darker.
There is also typically a weakening of the muscles surrounding the eyes and an accumulation of fat and fluids under the eyes making dark circles and puffiness more noticeable.
So yes dark circles are very normal as we get older.
However there are other factors that can cause and/ or worsen your puffiness & dark circles, like lack of sleep, dehydration, allergies, and genetics.
The beauty industry has conditioned us to simply cover up what we don’t like about our skin without considering why it looks the way it does, but it is best to try and identify the root causes & do what we can to improve under eye dark circles.
It's worth noting that dark circles can also be hereditary, which is difficult treat as you can’t modify genetics. Have a look at your relatives, such as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or siblings, and if its hereditary we recommend embracing your darker eye tone.
if dark circles or puffiness appear only when you’re run down or tired, it’s a good indication that other factors are at play and it's a good idea to look at your self-care routine.
Treatment for dark eye circles depends on the underlying cause. However, here are some tips and home remedies that may help-
Tips To Treat Dark Circles
Get enough sleep.
Cause - Lack of sleep can cause your eyes to appear puffy and make dark circles more pronounced.
Remedy- Get enough rest each night, ideally between 7-9 hours.
Cause -Dehydration can make dark circles more prominent and make your eyes look tired and puffy.
Remedy Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin and eyes hydrated.
Cause- Allergies can trigger dark circles. Allergies can result in you rubbing the itchy or irritated skin around your eyes., causing inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes.
Remedy- If you have allergies, take steps to manage them, such as taking allergy medication, avoiding triggers, and using a humidifier to help reduce inflammation around the eyes.
Try facial massage to help move fluid away from the area.
Use an eye cream: Look for eye creams that contain caffeine, retinol, snowflower or vitamin C, which can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and improve the overall look of your skin.
Like our award-winning Illuminating Eye Cream with snowflower extract. WINNER OF 2022 BEST EYE ZONE CORRECTOR & 2022 BEST EYE CREAM SHE.COM Awards.
Use cold compresses: Applying a cold compress to your eyes can help reduce swelling and puffiness. You could try one of the following compresses -
- Cucumber slices: Place chilled cucumber slices on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. The cooling effect of cucumbers can help reduce puffiness and refresh your eyes.
- Tea bags: Soak two tea bags in warm water, then chill them in the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Place the tea bags over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. The caffeine in tea can help constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness.Cloth
- Cold compress: Place a cold, damp washcloth over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. The cold temperature can help reduce swelling and puffiness.
If you have persistent or severe dark circles or puffiness, it's advisable to check in with your doctor to rule out any underlying health issues.
I hope these tips for reducing dark circles & puffiness around the eyes were helpful and that you found a tip or 2 that you can try today!