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Dark Under Eye Circles

Dark Under Eye Circles

Posted by Casey on September 17, 2007 In Articles > Getting Gorgeous Skin 2 comments

Under eye circles can show you the state of your body's health. They can become more pronounced from stress, lack of sleep, not eating enough healthy nutrients, or consuming too much sugar. But say you take gorgeous care of yourself everyday, so why do you still have those circles?

What causes them?

The skin under the eyes is thin and translucent, so blood vessels in this area are more visible than on the rest of the body, especially if the vessels become dilated. Lighter complexions and thinner skin are inherited traits that can make under eye circles look darker.

Other possible causes of circles

  • A lack of quality sleep can make your skin paler, making the circles look darker in comparison.
  • A cold, sinus infection or allergies can cause the veins around your eyes to become dilated. Eye infections make your skin itch, and rubbing your eyes can darken your skin, worsening under eye circles.
  • Smoking and eating salty foods can also cause the veins around your eyes to dilate.

How to hide under eye circles

You don't have to avoid wearing eye makeup below your eyes. If you have the right concealer and know how to apply it, your circles won't even be visible.

Getting the right concealer

  • You usually want to go for the more expensive concealers because they have more pigments in them, meaning better coverage.
  • Get a concealer only one or two shades lighter than your foundation. If it's too light, it will emphasize the circles.
  • If you have blue/gray circles, get a concealer with yellow undertones. If your circles are brown, get a concealer with bluish purple undertones.

Tips for applying concealer

  • Always wear foundation with concealer to give your skin an even tone and make your circles blend in better.
  • Apply concealer gently by tapping. Rubbing can cause swelling, redness or bruising.

How to cure under eye circles

There aren't any perfect cures for getting rid of circles, but there are a lot of ways you can alleviate them.


  • Vitamin K-based eye products help to strengthen capillary walls, making blood vessels less visible.
  • Find a cream that will help protect the skin. One with antioxidants such as green-tea and grape seed extracts, and vitamins C, E and K.
  • Never use over the counter facial bleaches under your eyes. If you use cream bleach, be sure it has been prescribed for you.
  • Always wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher under the eyes to prevent skin weakening caused by sun damage.

Home remedies

  • Try dipping black tea bags briefly in boiling water, then cool and apply to your eyes.
  • Potatoes contain catecholase, an enzyme that's used as a skin lightener. Applying slices of raw potatoes or cucumber over the eyelids for about 15 minutes might help to lessen under eye circles.

Laser treatment

  • Laser resurfacing removes layers of damaged skin and helps to make pigmentation less visible.
  • Laser treatment can also shrink engorged blood vessels.
  • See a dermatologist before you do anything drastic, and to discuss the best cures for your skin type.

Written by Casey (September 17, 2007)



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