Out of the Dark: How to Treat Dark Circles
With multiple types caused by numerous factors, this is one of the most difficult skin concerns to address.
Dark circles are one of the most common skin concerns and their complexity also makes them one of the most difficult to treat. Based on lifestyle and genetics, there are two different types you may be seeing and unique causes behind each. But don’t stress (we’ll get to that) – there are steps you can take, from targeted skincare solutions to behavior changes, that will help reveal a more youthful-looking set of peepers.
First, it’s key to understand why the skin around the eyes ages like it does. Because it’s thinner and delicate with fewer oil glands than the skin on the face, this area is more prone to develop fine lines and wrinkles, become dehydrated, or lose elasticity and firmness prematurely. This thinness also offers more exposure to what’s underneath, like blood vessels or fat pads.
Show Your True Colors
We consulted dermatologist Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, who broke down the two types of dark circles – brown and blue. “Brown circles which may be due to rubbing, allergies, eczema, or sun exposure.” These often appear in medium to dark skin tones and can be identified by brown and reddish tones under the entire eye area. “There’s [also] blue circles which could be due to stress, lack of sleep, decrease in circulation or dehydration.” These often appear in fair to light skin tones. Signs to look for here are visible blood vessels and purple, blue, or grey tones in the right corners of eyes. “Dark circles can also be hereditary and genetic.” Sometimes you’ll see a mix of both, occurring due to a combination of pigmentation and vascular or structural types.
Our Dark Circle Solution
Dr. Zubritsky suggests a product that helps by brightening the skin. Enter: Super-C Dark Circle Brightening Eye Serum. “It’s clinically shown to improve the appearance of dark circles and works on both blue and brown circles. It contains a Vitamin C that is stable and effective but gentle enough for undereye skin.” A Botanical Brightening Blend also helps strengthen thin skin and depollute impurities under eyes to help clarify darkness. Plus, it firms and enhances radiance around eyes for a more awakened appearance. Basically, it’s the whole package.
Self-Care is Key
Beyond skincare, there are also lifestyle changes you can make that will affect the severity of your dark circles. Starting with getting more sleep. We all know snoozing for a full eight hours helps in almost every aspect of life, from brain functionality to physical health, so make it a priority. This will also help with one of the other main dark circle causes – stress. While it isn’t always easy to control the stressors in life, it’s important to control the way you handle them. Also, stop rubbing your eyes. While it may feel good, it’s doing more damage than you think. Be gentle when washing your face and removing eye makeup and be sure to keep this skin moisturized to avoid dryness and irritation so you won’t feel the need to touch as much.
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