Okay, you know that a girl can be plagued with dark circles after a hardcore night out, if she's got the flu or if she's been pulling too many late nights at the office. And you also know that a little extra concealer on the day of dark circles is usually all you need to take care of the problem. But there are underlying causes of chronic dark circles you may not be aware of. If you find yourself fighting dark circles on a regular basis, chances are that knowing the reason is going to lead you to the solution. Fortunately, we've got reasons and solutions in this article that will let you know if you're looking at another quick fix or require something more to combat an ongoing problem.
Start with this beauty trick to help determine the cause of your dark circles once and for all: Stretch the skin under your eyes. If the color changes, you're typically looking at a genetic or maturation factor. If the skin doesn't change color, then you've probably got an allergy or too much sun exposure problem.
This cause is common enough, and there's an easy, natural remedy that allows you to step out with the right face forward. Try a cooled (in the fridge is best), steeped, leftover green tea bag over your eyelids for approximately 15 minutes. The caffeine in the green tea will restrict blood vessels and the tannic acid will provide an astringent, tightening quality too. Of course, there's always the old extra dab of concealer followed by a touch of powder. How do yo know if this is what you need to do? If your dark circles only crop up when you're sick with a cold or flu, or if you've stayed up or out too late, you can stop reading. If you're seeing dark circles every morning or more often than you have in the past, read on.
Some people have a problem with dark circles simply by way of their genes. It's possible to inherent especially thin or fair skin under your eyes that more easily shows the pooling of blood that causes dark circles. What can you do? Make sure to keep your head elevated when you sleep, even if that means buying another pillow. That helps prevent blood buildup. Each morning you can apply a cold compress to restrict blood vessels and the flow of blood. You can also use an anti-aging eye cream at night and in the morning that includes vessel-constricting caffeine. An ounce of dark chocolate every day could help too. This actually helps blood flow that prevents pooling in the first place. Salmon and walnuts might help too.
As you get older, your skin is going to get thinner and more fragile due to the breakdown of collagen. Stay hydrated, drink lots of water, and pick up a moisturizer that helps you rebuild your collagen — it will say so on the label. Apply it as instructed. Vitamin C also helps with this little problem and there are plenty of vitamin C eye serums on the market to help you combat your dark circles. You didn't hear it from us (or maybe you did) but cosmetic fillers injected under your eyes by a board certified dermatologist are another option. But, of course, never do anything as costly or dramatic without serious professional medical consultation, second opinions, etc.
An allergic reaction can be your problem. Unlike a cold or flu, allergies can be ongoing if they're due to something unavoidable. Start with an over-the-counter antihistamine. Histamines contribute directly to dark eye circles for those who are afflicted. If you're not sure whether you've got an allergy, a trip to the doctor is your best bet. Let them know you've been experiencing dark circles on the regular and think an allergy might be the culprit. They'll give you a test and hook you up with a remedy if that's the case.
No matter what the cause, the sun will make dark circles worse. If you're spending a lot of time under UV rays, cut back. Wear SPF, moisturize your skin daily and stay hydrated.