Best ways to get rid of dark circles under your eyes

Dark circles beneath the eyes are a nagging problem that lots of men and women struggle with. It can make us look tired (even when we aren’t) and older than we actually are.

Below, we discuss the causes of pigmentation and a variety of ways to improve the condition.

We do we get dark circles beneath our eyes?

The discoloration beneath the eyes (also called “periorbital” circles) look worse when you stay up late or drink too much, but your genes actually play a larger role.

The skin around our eyes is incredibly thin (about 0.5 mm thick), and the purple coloring beneath our eyes comes from the blood vessels beneath our skin. There is no surefire way to remove dark circles under eyes permanently.

Age-related causes:

  • Under eye volume loss
  • Lower eyelid laxity
  • Volume loss or fat descent in the cheeks
  • Bulging under eye fat
  • Thinning under eye skin

Lifestyle-related causes:

  • Alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Smoking
  • Excessive salt consumption
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Medication that causes blood vessels to dilate
  • Rubbing your eyes excessively
  • Sleeping on your stomach
  • Quick weight loss

Other causes:

  • Thin skin
  • Periorbital hyperpigmentation (in darker skinned people)
  • Allergies
  • Heredity
  • Environmental exposure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Venous congestion in under eye blood vessels

Beauty treatments

Hyaluronic acid facial fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Prevelle Silk are used to treat discoloration created by age-related reasons such as thinning skin and tissue/fat loss in the face.

This procedure is expensive. Please keep in mind that results are not permanent.

2110_jl45-minLower eyelid surgery (“blepharoplasty”)

This treatment is widely considered to be the most effective way to “permanently” treat under eye circles caused by eyelid bags.

Blepharoplasty removes or tightens lose skin around the eyes, giving the patient a smoother, younger appearance. Blepharoplasty can also be used to create a crease where there isn’t one, such as with Asian eyelid surgery.

Fat injection

Fat injection is similar to the hyaluronic filler treatment mentioned above, only the material that is injected is fat removed from another part of the body. The fat is injected into the tear troughs to treat periorbital circles.

Results may be permanent.

Fast home remedies for discoloration under eyes

Some of the best treatments are made from ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

Apply-Raw-Potatoes-in-Your-UnderarmsRaw potato

Potatoes contain bleaching agents. When used raw, potatoes can help lighten periorbital circles and reduce puffiness.

How to do it:

  • Extract juice by grating 2 chilled potatoes
  • Using a cotton ball, apply the juice to the skin around the eyes (make sure to keep your eyes closed)
  • Let the juice sit on your face for 15 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water
  • Repeat 2x per day for 2-3 weeks for best results

Tomato and lemon

Tomato and lemon both possess bleaching properties that can lighten your skin.

How to do it:

  • Mix 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice with 1 teaspoon tomato juice
  • Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture to the skin around the eyes
  • Let the juice sit on your face for 15 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water
  • Repeat 2x a day for 2-3 weeks for best results

Almond oil

Almond oil is a completely natural ingredient that can drastically reduce the appearance of discoloration.

How to do it:

  • Gently massage almond oil into the skin below the eyes
  • Leave it on overnight
  • Rinse with cool water in the morning
  • Continue each night until you see results

Cucumber

Putting cucumbers over your eyes isn’t just a gimmick – it really works. Cucumbers have mild astringent and skin-lightening properties that can give you a refreshed look. Plus, the scent is soothing and refreshing.

How to do it:

  • Cut a cucumber into thick slices
  • Place slices in refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Place chilled slices on eyes for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water
  • Repeat 2x per day for best results

Rose water

Rose water rejuvenates the skin and reduces the appearance of dark periorbital circles. It also works as a skin toner.

How to do it:

  • Soak cotton balls/eye pads in rose water for 5 minutes
  • Place over closed eyes for 15 minutes
  • Repeat 2x per day for 2-3 weeks for best results

Overnight remedies

How-to-treat-dark-circles-around-eyes-and-puffinessRemove dark circles naturally overnight with aloe vera gel: apply a small amount of pure aloe vera gel to the skin beneath your eyes. Leave on overnight and rinse the next day with cool water.

Product recommendation: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($45.40 on Amazon).

This is a great product for men and women who struggle with discoloration that have grown worse with age. This serum strengthens and replenishes the delicate skin beneath the eyes to reduce puffiness/inflammation, discoloration, and fine lines.

The smooth, luxurious formula is comfortable and hydrating. This product does not include fragrance, parabens, silicones, or mineral oil.

Covering with makeup

The right concealer can make a world of difference. Concealer is generally applied beneath foundation. It’s a concentrated pigment used to hide blemishes, redness, and under eye circles.

Here are three of the best concealers to use on periorbital circles:

beauty-products-makeup-2010-laura-mercier-secret-camouflage-enLaura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($35)

This two-shade palette creates incredible results for any area of the face. Pair it with a luminous finish foundation for the perfect balance.

This versatile product (pictured at left) is heavy enough to cover tattoos and yet light enough to act as a sheer foundation.

Apply the neutralizer first and then apply the concealer. Add a bit of moisturizer to help blend the product evenly. Makeup artists recommend applying with a medium fluffy brush.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48)

This versatile concealer is ideal for heavy coverage. Simply pat it on affected areas using your fingertips.

This product comes in a variety of colors, making it easy for nearly anyone to find a match. Makeup artists agree this product blends easily and stays in place all day. Make sure to apply moisturizer before using concealer, and always blend the concealer with your foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand ($45)

This is great for gals who don’t like to spend much time on their makeup. This dual-ended concealer pen is easy to use and never looks cakey.

Simply dab it on the affected area with a firm brush (included) and then tap the area with your fingertips (to warm the area) and blend with foundation.

 

Click here to learn about face dry brushing, at at-home anti-aging skincare technique.

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