Dark circles can be a pesky under eye problem for people of all ages. Generally speaking, dark circles are the result of blood vessels under the eye becoming more visible due to thin skin under the eye. As we age, the under eye skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner. Poor circulation can cause the blood to accumulate under the eye and be more visible under the thin under eye skin. However, dark circles can also be caused by several other factors like hyperpigmentation. Dark circles which have a blue tint are likely the result of blood accumulation or blood vessel visibility. Brownish circles are more likely the result of hyperpigmentation. Before you invest in an under eye treatment, be sure that you’ve identified the root cause of your dark circles.
Genetics: Dark circles can be caused by hereditary and structural issues. Too much melanin production, called periorbital hyperpigmentation, can result in literally darker colored skin under the eyes. Additionally, the structure of your eyes themselves can play a role. Sunken or deeply set eyes can cast a natural shadow which cause the skin below the eyes to appear darker. While certain brightening treatments can lighten hyperpigmentation, very little can be done to correct your orbital bone structure (except really good lighting).
Poor Diet: Your diet also plays a major role in the formation of dark circles (and your skin’s health in general). Excessive caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and salt intake can cause dehydration. Because the skin under our eye is thin and prone to moisture loss, dehydration can make the veins under the skin more visible; thus, causing the discolored appearance. Smoking has also been known to cause dark circles.
Lack of Sleep: They don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing. Poor sleep causes the blood vessels under the eyes to dilate, expand, and become more prominent. This creates a dark tone under the thin under eye skin.
Allergies: Itchy eyes, inflamed sinuses, and nasal congestion can all cause the blood vessels around our eyes to swell and become more visible under the skin.
Aging: There is no way around it: as we age, our under eye skin becomes thinner, making the blood vessels which sit under the skin more apparent. The skin’s ability to retain moisture is also hindered as we age.
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