Finding out what causes black circles under eyes can be frustrating. They are difficult to conceal and make you feel self-conscious and unattractive. The key to dealing with them is to try to work out what is causing them in the first place. It is then easier to find the most effective way of reducing their appearance.
Many people suffer from under eye circles, both men and women, and even some children. The skin immediately under the eyes is very thin and fragile, which makes it susceptible to damage. The aging process and prolonged sun exposure thins the skin even thinner, which makes the blood vessels more obvious.
In the under eye area, lots of these little blood vessels will give the appearance of dark shadows. Naturally, nothing can be done to prevent the natural aging process! But there are some simple ways to reduce the appearance of these bluish smudges under the eyes. Try placing slices of cucumber, cooled, used tea bags or chilled teaspoons over your closed eyelids. Relax and let the cooling sensation work its magic.
Circles under the eyes may also be caused by allergies or hayfever. Many people are allergic to airborne particles, such as dust and pollen. When their eyes itch, they cannot help but rub them. This constant rubbing and itching can result in these black shadows. Refraining from rubbing the under eye area will help to minimize the darkness. Tackling the allergies themselves will in turn help to get rid of the shadows.
Sometimes, these problems simply run in families and even children can be affected. Those with deep-set eyes or fair skin tend to be more prone to under eye circles.
There are many cosmetic products on the market that are really effective in concealing them. Regular foundation and concealer is unlikely to do the job. Test a few different products at the makeup counter until you find one that seems to work well.
A liquid concealer in a shade lighter than your normal color, that dries to a matte finish, is a good option.
Here are Some Common Causes of Circles Under the Eyes
Although it is something of a misconception that the problem of circles under the eyes is purely down to a lack of sleep, this is definitely a contributory factor.
Too little sleep, or poor quality sleep (such as sleep that is constantly interrupted) tends to make the skin on the face more pale, which increases the visibility of blood vessels beneath the skin.
This results in those dark blue or black circles. The best way to treat these is, obviously, to improve your sleeping habits.
Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Take steps to relax before bedtime; take a warm bath, meditate, or sip a cup of warm milk. Do whatever you can to unwind.
Another possible cause of dark eye circles is dehydration. This deprives the skin of necessary nutrients, resulting in a pale appearance. Make an effort to drink 8-10 glasses of water every day to nourish your skin; water has many additional health benefits too.
No matter what causes black circles under eyes in your case, take heart from the fact that there are a wide range of products available that are formulated to treat them. Look for creams or gels containing vitamin K, which is believed to help with bruising, or vitamin C, which strengthens blood vessel walls. Check out our other articles by using the site index page and you will find helpful advice on home remedies, over the counter solutions and dermatologist treatments.