21 Oct, 2014
Dark Circles Around the Eyes – Why They Appear, What to Do
By Soap Blogger
It’s a scenario most are familiar with – you take a look in the mirror only to be stared back at by a face you barely recognise. As soon as those dark circles around your eyes grab your attention, it’s hard to look at anything else. Where on Earth did they come from? Have they just appeared overnight? Will they be there forever? It’s little wonder the whole thing becomes an obsession for some, but even in this day and age comparatively few fully understand what dark circles around the eyes are and what they can do about them.
Contrary to popular belief, a poor night’s sleep isn’t enough to trigger a severe case of dark circles and nor is a wonderful night’s sleep enough to get rid of them. In order to understand what dark circles are all about, it’s crucial to first acknowledge what causes them.
For example, if you’re genetically predisposed to fair skin around the eyes or generally thinner skin, chances are your dark circles will appear much more pronounced. Lack of sleep can cause blood to collect in the area directly under the eyes which is why poor sleep seems to provoke dark circles, but in most cases it’s actually thinning of the skin that’s to blame.
The aging process also causes the skin to begin thinning as collagen is slowly but surely lost. As such, the older a person gets, the more likely their dark circles are to begin showing through more prominently.
One of the less commonly-known triggers of dark cells is also any given allergy, as when histamines are released into the body they can cause swelling of the blood vessels. According to dermatologists there’s a simple test anyone can do – gently stretch the skin under the eye and see what happens to the colour. If the skin’s colour doesn’t change, it’s most likely an allergy, whereas if it gets darker, it’s more likely a case of aging or genetics.
Preventing Dark Circles
Getting rid of dark circles isn’t as easy as applying a cream or just layering them in makeup day after day…though the latter does of course work temporarily. The good news however is that there are at least some simple steps anyone can follow to reduce the severity of dark circles, or ideally prevent them from appearing in the first place.
- Ensure sleep patterns are not only healthy, but regular
- Keep well-hydrated at all times to ensure skin remains moist, strong and supple
- Use cooling eye masks or natural treatments like cucumber slices
- Avoid direct exposure to the sun by wearing UV filtering sunglasses
- Quit smoking – every cigarette has a harmful impact on your skin
- Sleep with your head in an elevated position to limit fluid-pooling
- Ensure allergies like hayfever and any sinus complaints are treated effectively
- Never rub your eyes – it will only make the dark circle even worse