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How To Cure Dark Eye Circles [2021 Edition]

Sometimes you can just feel it hanging underneath your eyes, especially when there’s some loud-mouthed uncle blaring vulgarities in the middle of the night. Dark eye circles are perhaps another symptom of our restless lives. While you might think fatigue or exhaustion is the biggest reason behind them, but there are other surprising factors to causing those dark circles underneath your eyes too. Read on to see what Tropika Club discovered about the cures to puffy eyes and dark eye circles.

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The Underlying Causes of Dark Eye Circles 

Dark eye circles happen to the best of us, but the elderly and people with darker skin tones may be more susceptible to dark eye circles. There are even people with a genetic disposition to this skin condition. Besides that, there are also some common causes for the dark circles under your eyes.

Ageing

As we get older, the skin on our bodies actually gets thinner. Over time, the thin skin has less ability to retain the fat and collagen that keeps the skin elastic. So, the skin sags and the darker blood vessels underneath it becomes more visible, causing the dark texture in the under-eye circles.

And, as we age we lose some of our bone mass too, causing a hollow space in the area underneath the eyes. Combined with the lack of collagen holding the skin together, it creates shadows that cause dark circles to form too.

Lack of Sleep

Even just staying up a few hours past the usual time you sleep can cause dark circles underneath your eyes. But if you’re lacking sleep, your skin can become dull and pale, revealing the blood vessels and dark tissues beneath your skin. A lack of sleep could also cause fluids to accumulate underneath your eyes. That’s why you have puffy eyes, and the dark circles underneath your eyes are its shadow.

Oversleeping

The inverse could cause dark circles under your eyes too. If you sleep too much, your face will also accumulate excess fluids too. So, you may want to rethink sleeping throughout the entire weekend again.


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Eye Strain

Here’s another reason for a digital cleanse. As you may have expected, staring too long at a screen causes a huge amount of strain on your eyes, causing the blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. That’s how the skin around your eyes darken if you’re in front of your computer or television for the whole day.

Dehydration

There’s a reason why our parents always implore us to drink more water. If your body doesn’t have enough water, you won’t have proper blood flow through the blood vessels. This causes the skin beneath your eyes to look dull, and your eyes will look sunken since its pretty close the bone underneath.

Genetics

If your other family members have dark eye circles too, genetics could be behind yours. For some, it fades with time, while for others it gets darker. If you’re predisposed to certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, you could be more susceptible to dark circles under your eyes too.

Allergies

This might surprise you, but when your body undergoes an allergic reaction, the immune system releases histamines to combat the foreign particles in your body. Your blood vessels dilate as a result of the histamines, cause it to be more visible underneath your skin.

Excessive Exposure to the Sun

If you’re under the sun for too long, your body could be producing excess melanin – the pigment that gives your skin colour – because of the large amounts of ultraviolet light. That’s how the pigmentation in the surrounding skin of your eyes darken. 

During the allergic reaction, you may have the urge to rub your eyes and scratch the itch around your eyes. If you do scratch it, it could cause inflammation and swelling. You might be damaging the blood vessels as well, which causes the dark shadows in your under-eye circles.


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How to Cure Dark Eye Circles

Just as the causes of dark eye circles are wide-ranging, the treatments to it should be comprehensive too. Some experts say an effective way to treat dark eye circles is through a combination of high-quality skincare products, healthy changes to your lifestyle, and cosmetics treatments performed by a dermatologist.

Home Remedies

But if you want a quick fix for your dark circles, you can experiment with the following home remedies.

Get Adequate Sleep

A lack of sleep can cause your skin to look pale, making the dark eye circles even more visible. Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep every daily. And, sleep and wake-up at around the same time (yes, even during the weekends). Catching up with your sleep debt over the weekend might not work as well as you think.

Sleep with the Right Posture

If you’re getting dark eye circles even with enough sleep, try sleeping with an extra pillow on your head. That way you can use gravity to help prevent fluids from accumulating under your eyes and making them look swollen.

Cold Compress

If you’ve been up all night but have a Zoom meeting the moment your workday starts, a cold compress is a fast and easy solution. Try using a cold compress when you wake up. It reduces swelling by shrinking dilated blood vessels. To make a cold compress, wrap a few ice cubes in a clean washcloth and apply it to the under-eye area for 20 minutes. If ice is too cold for you, cold water will do. Replenish the ice if it melts, and re-rinse the washcloth in cold water if it gets warm.


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Tea Bags

This is probably one of the oldest tricks in the book. Tea, as we know, contain antioxidants and caffeine that can stimulate blood circulation, shrink blood vessels, and reduce liquid retention underneath your skin.

Soak two bags of either black tea or green tea in water for five minutes, then let them sit in the fridge for around 15 to 20 minutes. Then, apply the tea bags to your closed eyes for 10 to 20 minutes, and rinse your eyes with water afterwards.

Skincare Products

There are plenty of skincare products that can help with dark eye circles. The skin around the eyes is delicate, so take extra care. It’s best to understand the environmental factors behind the dark circles under your eyes before buying.

Also, practice patience and consistency when you try a new skincare routine to make sure the results you see are accurate. Follow the routine for around 4 to 6 weeks. If it’s not working, try something new.

The ingredients you should be looking out for in your skincare products when treating your dark eye circles are:

  • Vitamin K – to strengthen the delicate skin under your eyes
  • Vitamin C – to promote the synthesis of collagen that can create healthier, youthful skin
  • Hyaluronic acid – to hydrate the skin and iron out fine lines
  • Retinols – to promote cell turnover and reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acid – to help improve the texture and colour of the skin

Medical Treatments for Dark Eye Circles in Singapore

There are plenty of skincare products that can help with dark eye circles. The skin around the eyes is delicate, so take extra care. It’s best to understand the environmental factors behind the dark circles under your eyes before buying.

There are cosmetic procedures and beauty treatments that can help too. And while you may think medical treatments can remove dark eye circles permanently, that’s not really the case. And some medical treatments may have side effects and may need longer downtime. So, do get a proper assessment by a professional before making a decision. 

Here are some common treatments for dark eye circles:

Professional Laser Treatments

You may know that laser treatments can treat acne scars and remove tattoos, but laser treatments can also tackle ageing and hyperpigmentation. Pigment lasers, like the pico laser, can help treat your dark eye circles by targeting and breaking the pigments in your skin into smaller molecules, so the body’s immune system can clear them up. In addition, it also promotes collagen production and tightens the skin.

When it comes to dark eye circles, laser treatments are preferred since its a treatment approach that’s non-invasive and requires less downtime. There are different types of lasers with different wavelengths, so do consult a dermatologist to see which laser is suitable for you.

Dermal Fillers

Commonly used in facial contouring, dermal fillers are injected into the skin to fill in folds and areas with tissue loss. This treatment is invasive only on a minimal level, and it’s quick with no downtime required.

Ultherapy

One of the more popular non-invasive methods, Ultherapy uses ultrasound to target the layer between the skin and the muscles that control muscle contraction. This treatment tightens the skin by increasing muscles’ holding power. Ultherapy also thickens the skin and improves collagen production too.


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The Key is Still Healthy Lifestyle Changes

There’s only so much skincare routines and dark eye circle removal treatments can do. To regain your youthful glow from the clutches of dark eye circles, you still have to take care of your health, and yourself.


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