We are often made to believe that dark circles come from lack of sleep, from fatigue, or stress. But really, those are not the only reasons. Under-eye bags don’t swell up just because of a long night of drinking. There are a lot of forces at work that contribute to your dark circles and under-eye bags. And today we are here to tell you all about it.
What causes bags under the eyes? What causes dark circles? How to eliminate them? If these are the questions troubling you then read on.
Causes of Dark Circles
Those dark, purplish-brown patches under your eyes are caused by the contraction of blood vessels in the thin and delicate skin there. This is a type of hyperpigmentation that may be temporary, or it may last longer. The causes pointed below are all various contributors to dark circles.
- Poor sleeping habits, or disrupted sleep cycle.
- Genetics: Some research connects dark circles to genetics. So it is possible that if your parent has stubborn dark circles then you may have inherited them.
- Sun exposure may cause hyperpigmentation and darkening of the skin, aggravating your dark circles if you already have them.
- Allergies like hay fever, iron deficiencies like anemia, and even thyroid disorder can contribute to dark circles.
- Aging may cause your under-eye skin to start thinning, making the area prone to puffy eyes and dark circles. The fatty tissue around the eyes also goes down over time.
- Dark circles may also be a side-effect of some medications, like glaucoma eyedrops (bimatoprost).
- Ethnicity: Some research shows that dark circles are more common in ethnicities that are non-white. Darker skin tones have more melanin in their skin so they are more prone to pigmentation change.
How do I get rid of dark circles permanently?
Most of the time, dark circles that appear because of lack of sleep or allergies can be cured permanently. But if your dark circles are due to your genes or more pronounced due to aging, then you may only be able to reduce them to a certain extent. Here are some ways to get rid of dark circles:
- Get Proper Sleep
If you have been noting dark circles after sleepless nights, then it is probably best to start regularising your sleep cycle. Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, and make some relaxing rituals before bedtime so you can get a good, deep sleep.
- Use Cucumber & Potato
If you want some instant lightening of the dark circles then freeze a few slices of cucumber and apply them on your closed eyelids for a few minutes. It may reduce any swelling, nourish the skin, and give you brighter under eyes. Chilled potato slices are also helpful in brightening the under eyes temporarily.
- Try Cold Compresses
The cold temperature will help constrict blood vessels in the under-eye area, which reduces the appearance of dark circles. You may use cold compresses regularly to keep your dark circles under control.
- Use Teabags
Teabags may help reduce puffy eyes and lighten dark circles as they have caffeine. Caffeine can stimulate blood circulation, as well as has some antioxidant properties. Steep two tea bags in water, cool them in a refrigerator and apply on your closed eyes for a few minutes. The best option is green tea, but you can also use herbal or black.
- Under Eye Cream/Serum
One of the best ways to manage, and even reduce the appearance of dark circles is by using an under-eye cream or serum. Serums may work faster as they have smaller molecules that are more potent. Ingredients like kojic acid, hydroquinone, Azelaic acid, Vitamin C, soy, etc are usually added to these products as they help in treating hyperpigmentation and brightening the skin.
Under Eye Bags
Those swollen puffy bags under your eyes are quite common after a night of boozing, or crying, or even after you’ve binged crazily on salty foods. But there are other causes also behind under-eye bags:
- Aging skin is prone to wrinkles and sagging, making it more prone to under eye bags.
- Water retention due to alcohol consumption, salty meals, etc.
- Sleep deprivation
- Medical conditions: thyroid, dermatitis, eye problems, etc
- Use regular cool compresses to de-puff and soothe your under-eye skin.
- Try and reduce your fluid intake just before bedtime.
- Sleep with two or more pillows to keep your head elevated. This prevents the fluid from accumulating under your eyes.
- Try and manage your allergies, either by avoiding the triggers or quickly taking the required medication. This avoids the puffing up of under eyes.
- Wrinkle treatments are also recommended to reduce swelling and tighten the sagging skin.
- Restorative and rejuvenating serums for under eye may also work.
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