Suffering from dark circles under the eyes? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common concerns for all age groups and genders. The causes are diverse and/or complexed by multiple reasons.
Let’s take a look at the causes and treatments for dark circles under the eyes, so you can achieve a healthy-looking eye area!
Which dark circle is yours?
1. Brown: When you stretch the skin under the eyes, the darkness moves with the skin.
2. Black: When you stretch the skin under the eyes, the colour lightens.
3. Blue: When you stretch the skin under the eyes, the darkness doesn't move.
4. Hereditary: This type of dark circle can be brown, black or blue, but the difference is that you might’ve noticed those dark circles even when you were a child. Most likely one or both of your parents also have it. These are more challenging to treat than non-hereditary dark circles. However, it can definitely be improved.
Let's look at each one in more detail:
1. Brown Dark Circle
- Allergies (eg. hay fever)
- Hyperpigmentation (the body produces extra melanin)
- Overexposure to sunlight (Sunspots)
- Frequent rubbing of the eyes
- Hormonal causes or medication
- Inherited genes (predisposition to dark circles)
How to Treat It:
- If the reason is the rubbing of the eye area due to allergies, hay fever, dermatitis etc, you’ll need to tackle those health concerns before anything else.
- Try not to rub the eye area (I know, it's easier said than done). Maybe apply a cooling towel to calm itchiness instead.
- Remove eye makeup using very gentle pressure.
- Protect the eye area from sun exposure.
Firm, protects and hydrates
Firming and Brightening
Protects from UV rays
2. Black Dark Circle
- Lack of collagen and elasticity
- Accumulated fatty tissue under the eye area
- Genetically deep tear troughs
How to treat it:
- Anti-ageing is the key! Wear sunscreen every day, use anti-ageing products, eat healthy foods and exercise.
Protects from UV
Repairs and hydrates
3. Blue Dark Circle
- Bad circulation
- Lack of sleep
- Thinning of the skin under the eyes
- Iron deficiency
- Dehydration, excessive consumption of salty or spicy foods, alcohol consumption
- Illness (eg. Anemia, kidney or liver problems etc)
- Prolonged use of a computer, smartphone or TV
How to treat it:
- Sleep well
- Eat healthily
- Drink plenty of water
- Give your eye area a massage
- Take a bath
- Apply heat pack on the eye area
De-puffs, firms and lifts
Brightens and Firms
About the Author
My name is Sao, and I have been in the Skincare Industry for over 13 years.
My background is Japanese, and in my time as a Skin Therapist, I have had the opportunity to work in luxury hotel spas both in Japan and Australia. I have been fortunate to connect with clients from many different backgrounds and lifestyles. During this time, I learnt to understand the inseparable relationship between the skin's health and lifestyle, environment, mental space and genetics. That has given me an incredible level of passion and also motivation to be detailed in my consultations and to create personalised skin regimes.
I love results-driven treatments, but I also believe in relaxation and a sense of 'being cared for'. My approach aims to benefit skin, mind and body.