Dark circles under the eyes can be a frustrating problem for many people. They can make you look tired, older and affect your overall appearance. There are many factors that contribute to the formation of dark circles, including genetics, aging, sun exposure, lack of sleep, stress, and more.
Dark circles are widely known to be a symptom of fatigue, stress, poor diet or general exhaustion. If they are very pronounced and poorly attended, it gives us a sad look. When makeup, changing eating habits or natural treatments are not enough to cure dark circles under the eyes, aesthetic medicine offers various treatments for their effective removal.
What are dark circles?
Known by the medical name of “idiopathic hyperchromia of the orbital ring”, they are the purple, grayish or green colorations that appear on the lower eyelid of the eye due to excess production of melanin. They are one of the most common diseases among men and women alike , although they are more noticeable in people with white complexions and in those who have hereditary factors that influence their early appearance. They are located in an area of the face where the skin is thin and the veins are transparent and collagen is usually scarce. This anomaly is more complex than it seems and sometimes it is accompanied by so-called ‘bags’, small bulges in the lower eyelid caused, among other things.
The first factor that favors the appearance of dark circles is genetics, but they are also common in people who abuse substances such as tobacco, coffee or alcohol; people with sleep problems or with few hours of rest per day. Getting a good night’s sleep for at least 7 hours a night is essential for good physical and emotional health. When this does not happen, our body experiences notable changes such as lack of concentration, mood and temperament changes and their appearance is encouraged.
If even changing our sleep, eating and exercise habits, dark circles are still a constant on our face, there are different treatments and outpatient interventions that can achieve the majority elimination or reduction such as IPL treatment (intense pulsed light), carboxytherapy (which uses Co2 to combat them), hyaluronic acid treatments or laser technology treatments. As indicated by Dr. Eva Hernández Calderón from the Sumak Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery Clinic , what these procedures seek is to restructure the eyelid area to eliminate the flaccidity that causes the appearance of ‘bags’ and dark circles.
Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep is one of the main causes of dark circles. When you don’t get enough sleep, the skin under your eyes can become thin and translucent, revealing the blood vessels underneath. This can make the skin look dark and shadowy.
To prevent dark circles, it is essential to get enough sleep every night. Aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night to help keep your skin healthy and refreshed.
Stress can also contribute to the formation of dark circles. When you are under stress, your body releases hormones that can cause inflammation and dilate blood vessels. This can make the skin under your eyes look darker and more shadowy.
To reduce stress and eliminate dark circles, try to find ways to manage stress in your daily life. This can include exercising, meditating, or simply taking some time for yourself to relax and recharge.
Use Cold Compresses
Applying cold compresses to the skin under your eyes can help reduce swelling and tighten blood vessels. This can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and make your eyes look brighter and more refreshed.
To use a cold compress, simply wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and place it under your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Repeat this process several times a day to help reduce dark circles.
Apply Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. It can also help stimulate collagen production, which can make the skin under your eyes look firmer and more youthful.
To apply vitamin C serum, simply apply a small amount of the serum under your eyes each morning and evening after cleansing your skin. This can help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Use Natural Remedies
There are also many natural remedies that can help reduce dark circles under your eyes. Some of the most effective remedies include cucumber slices, tea bags, and coconut oil.
To use cucumber slices, simply place a few slices over your eyes and let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes. This can help reduce swelling and brighten the skin under your eyes.
To use tea bags, steep two tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes, then let them cool. Place the tea bags over your eyes and let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes. This can help reduce puffiness and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
To use coconut oil, simply apply a small amount of the oil under your eyes each night before bed. This can help hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Dark circles under your eyes can be a frustrating problem, but there are many natural remedies that can help you get rid of them effectively. By following these tips, you can help reduce dark circles and achieve a brighter, more refreshed look.