From the late nights that turn into all-nighters to the 5am wake-up calls to kick off a hectic day, we can all attest that the sleep struggle is real.
Dark circles and puffiness are skin ailments so annoying (and common) we could write an entire memoir about the time spent worrying about them. Whenever you look in the mirror and notice those bluish-purple bags, you can’t help but scream, “Why me!” to no one in particular and try to cover them up with every product in your arsenal.
When asked our skin super specialist, she gave a detailed rundown of the issues associated with dark circles. First, she broke down what they actually are: “There are two types of dark circles. The first is under-eye circles with a bluish tinge, which are actually pools of blood underneath your eyes. The skin right below your eyes is very thin and delicate, and when blood pools, it shows right through.” She continues, “The second is under-eye circles with a brown tint. This is usually caused by hyperpigmentation, which is partly genetic and can be exacerbated with sun exposure.”
So, Why Do Dark Circles Happen?
The best way of overcoming something is to understand its causes. “Dark circles can be caused by multiple different factors,” explains Dr. Niteen Dhepe. “When there is volume loss, it can be called tear troughs, which is inevitable as a part of the normal ageing process. If it is caused by pigmentation, it is called hyperpigmentation. Dark circles and puffiness are a combination of life and genetics—that means they can become more prominent after pulling long hours at the office, too many margarita-filled nights, sun, and sometimes allergies,” says Dr. Dhepe.
The most depressing fact? Dark circles can also be hereditary. Whether it’s thinner skin under your eye or hyperpigmentation, some of us are just born with it.
So, How Do You Ever Get Rid Of Dark Circles, Naturally?
There are lots of lotions and potions which claim to get rid of those annoying circles, but there are also a number of home remedies to reduce dark circles which are worth a shot.
The natural bleaching property in tomatoes can lighten the skin under the eyes, as well as making it soft and supple. Just drink some tomato juice on a frequent basis and see the difference.
2. Tea Bags
Caffeinated tea contains natural tannins and is a diuretic, so it’s capable of shrinking blood vessels. Soak two tea bags in warm water, and then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes.
3. Vitamin C
Intake of vitamin C packed foods such as broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, cabbage and peppers promotes collagen production and increase in blood circulation.
Add dark leafy greens, seafood, and beans to your daily diet if you want to get more, or try more iron-rich foods. This micro micromineral is critical for producing hemoglobin, which helps red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout your body.
5. Mint Leaves
Applying mint leaves to your eye bags won’t erase dark circles. However, if you use a product that contains mint leaves, you’ll produce a cooling sensation that vasoconstricts the blood vessels beneath. As a result, the circles will look less noticeable.
6. Lemon Juice And Rose Water
Did you know that lemon juice is a natural skin lightener and has an abundance of Vitamin C? Together, these amazing factors mean it may help in reducing the appearance of dark circles. Similarly, rose water may lighten your skin as well.
7. Almond Oil
When applied to the circles beneath your eyes for at least 15 minutes, almond oil is an adequate natural remedy. It achieves this by reducing the appearance of blood vessels beneath. Try applying almond oil for 15 minutes after cleansing each day.
Cucumber is the widely used as a natural remedy to clear off dark circles. The powerhouse of antioxidants- cucurbitacin’s, vitexin, isoscoparin along with vitamin C and K, reduces the inflammation that causes puffiness and dark circles.
Potatoes are natural bleaching agents that helps remove the dark circles under the eyes. The richness of vitamin C, A, and enzymes help in refreshing and nourishing the skin around the eyes.
Dab a small amount of mint juice under the eyes; leave it on for 30mins or overnight. Mint leaves help to lighten and brighten the skin.
11. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera works to lighten skin discoloration and improper pigmentation by providing nourishment and hydration to the skin. Massage it lightly with two fingers and then let it set for 15 minutes.
12. Milk Cream
If you don’t have an eye cream then use a small amount of cold milk. Using your ring finger massage the eye area using milk cream before going to bed to moisturize and condition the skin.
13. Cold Spoons
When you need a quick under-eye fix, just place a chilled spoon; bowl down, on your eye. The cool temperature will reduce inflammation.
14. Egg Whites
Egg whites are a natural source of a skin-tightening protein called albumin as well as collagen, which both target problematic eye bags. Whip together some egg whites, and then apply the resulting froth under your eyes.
If it seems like water is the answer to everything, that’s probably because it is. Staying hydrated is the best way to give back to your skin and prevent the development of bags at the source!
Daily exercise circulates blood throughout the body and the face, reducing puffiness. Concentrate on yoga too, which stimulates your breathing, leaving fresh skin.
Best Treatments For Under Eye Dark Circles?
Are you stressed or overworked? Do you not get the perfect amount of sleep that one should get? Then, you are in trouble for getting dark circles under eyes. But, how do you get rid of these black circles? The answer is Skin City. We take care of dark circles through a combination of various treatments, which includes:
1. Chemical Peeling:
Chemical peeling involves a number of chemical agents to treat various skin conditions like hyper-pigmentation on the face or body, scars due to acne or wounds, and fine wrinkles. It is a non-invasive treatment for dark circles. A chemical peel is generally performed by a dermatologist. Chemical peels help in rejuvenating the skin around the eyes by exfoliating the damaged upper layer of the skin to reveal a new and healthier skin layer.
2. Intense Pulsed Light Treatment:
IPL treatment reduces dark circles by destroying the pigment cells that cause discoloration. It also smoothens the skin under the eye due to its high energy light waves that penetrate the skin under the eye. The light waves constrict blood vessels, which results in less prominent discoloration.
3. Laser Treatment:
Laser treatment is another effective way to remove dark circles. Here, the fat deposited under the eye is targeted. Post the treatment, the skin under the eye becomes smooth and less discolored.
Eye surgery for dark circles is known as blepharoplasty that is performed by plastic surgeons. The under eye fat deposits are removed, resulting in less puffiness, less discoloration, and more lively eyes. The procedure can take anywhere between one to three hours. Recovery from the surgery can take up to several weeks.
Many people tend to neglect dark circle. What they do not know is it can become permanent. To make sure such things do not happen, you should get a permanent fix or best treatment for dark circles. We have some of the most advanced equipments for dark circle treatment and you’ll completely be benefited from our services. Our skin clinic experts are highly experienced and they remove dark circles quite easily. You should at least consult with our doctors about dark circles removal before considering a treatment.