WHAT CAUSES DARK CIRCLES UNDER YOUR EYES?

Are your dark under eye circles making you look like a sad panda?

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Dark under eye circles are the #1 skin condition people ask me about. Here are some facts and some fixes!

Facts-

  1. Some dark circles are inherited. People with naturally darker skin tones can be affected by pigmentation issues.
  2. Age also contributes to dark circles. With age, the skin around the eye thins, exposing the tiny blood vessels that lie just below.
  3. Volume loss around the eye can expose the orbital bone, creating a hallow area that show up as a dark circle due to the shadowing.
  4. Allergies are the double whammy of dark circles! For one, due to all that extra pressure and swelling in the sinuses, the eye socket deepens, making the area look darker. Also! According to the Mayo Clinic, when your nose is congested, veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose become dilated and darker.
  5. Lack of sleep is a big cause- but you didn’t need me to tell you that one!
  6. Dehydration also causes your sockets to look deeper and your veins and can dilate thus looking larger and darker.
  7. Puffiness casts a shadow, making your dark circles even darker!

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Fixes-

Use an eye cream! Daily & Nightly! And start when you’re young (if possible). Eye creams are so good now and have great ingredients to help minimize dark circles and puffiness. Look for ingredients like;

Vitamin C, Caffeine, Haloxyl, Tetrapeptide-5, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Co Enzyme Q10, Idebenone

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  1. Don’t smoke! Smoking constricts vessels making them work harder and seem more noticeable. In addition it weakens collagen and elastin.
  2. Use a sunscreen! UV rays can darken existing pigmentation around your eyes and cause darker and increased pigment. UV rays also weaken collagen and elastin.
  3. Drink more water. Dark circles can be a sign of dehydration. Also if you don’t drink enough water it can cause puffiness due to water retention.
  4. Cool compress can help reduce puffiness and swelling and also constrict the vessels.
  5. Use a nasal decongestant and/or take allergy medication, if you have allergies.
  6. Try a light gentle eye massage to get the circulation flowing.
  7. Juvederm is a filler that your Doctor can inject into the hollows of the eyes to fill them in, and thereby reduce shadowing (you need to go to someone experienced in under-eye filler, because if it’s injected too close to the surface it can CAUSE blueness! The opposite of what we’re going for here!)
  8. Use concealer! It does help brighten the area. Just pick a color that isn’t much lighter than your foundation or skin color. Also because dark circles are typically a bluish tone, pick a concealer with yellow/orang-y undertones as blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel, they cancel each other out!

PS- I love this concealer by Benefit!

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In Health and Happiness
Juline Hamilton

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