What’s the best treatment for dark circles?
I HATE answering this question. Because, there’s no size fits all treatment. It all depends on what’s giving your those pesky dark circles in the first place.
Lack of sleep? Too much sun exposure? Or maybe it’s genetics? You’d better know. Because the symptoms may be the same – dark, black pools under your eyes that make you look always tired and old – but the cure sure isn’t.
If the sun’s the culprit, for example, a good night’s sleep won’t help. Likewise, if it’s lack of sleep, piling on the sunscreen won’t rid you of dark circles (but it’ll keep wrinkles and cancer at bay so DO use it!).
So how do you figure out what’s to blame here? Here’s the best treatment for dark circles – based on what’s causing them:
Some people have inherited very thin, almost transparent skin that lets the blood vessels under your eyes show through. These blood vessels cast a shadow onto your undereye area, making you look older and tired. A deep set bone structure (another inherited trait) does the same.
What’s the best treatment for dark circles caused by heredity?
You can’t change your genes. But you can cover dark circles with concealer.
- Bare Minerals SPF20 Correcting Concealer ($21.00): available at Sephora and Ulta
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit ($38.00): available at Nordstrom, Selfridges and Sephora
- Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Concealer (£28.00): available at Harrods
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You know what else thins skin? Aging. The older you get, the more transparent skin becomes. Now your blood vessels start to show through and you look like you’re permanently tired and sleep-deprived.
What’s the best treatment for dark circles caused by aging?
Once your skin gets that thin, the only cure is concealer. BUT, this is one type of dark circles you can prevent (or at least postpone) with a good skincare routine. Use an antioxidants rich serum and sunscreen every single day to slow down the aging process.
- Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF30 ($36): available at Sephora.
- Elta MD UV Pure Broad Spectrum SPF 47 ($25.00): available at Dermstore and Walmart.
- Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol ($34.00): available at Look Fantastic, Paula’s Choice and Skinstore
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($166.00): available at Dermstore and Skinstore
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3. Saggy skin
Saggy skin can cast shadows underneath your eyes, making dark circles look worse. Ugh.
What’s the best treatment for dark circles caused by saggy skin?
I wish skincare products could fight sagginess! One day, maybe. For now your best bet is concealer. Yep, again.
4. Lack of sleep
Did you know that lack of sleep causes skin to be paler? And, yep you guessed it, that makes those blood vessels under your eyes more visible, too.
What’s the best treatment for dark circles caused by lack of sleep?
Get your beauty sleep. At least 8 hours a night. I’m not joking. You can buy all the eye creams in the world but if you don’t get some proper rest, your dark circles are never going to disappear.
5. Sun Exposure
Too much sun gives you dark spots. I bet you know this but did you know it applies to dark circles as well? Yep, those dark pools under your eyes may just be hyperpigmentation.
What’s the best treatment for dark circles caused by sun exposure?
Use skin-lightening products with hydroquinone, niacinamide, vitamin C, and other stuff that can inhibit the production of melanin. And wear sunscreen every single day, or those dark circles will just keep coming back!
- Alpha Skincare Dual Action Skin Lightener ($13.75): available at Dermstore and Ulta
- Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42.00): available at Dermstore, Look Fantastic, Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice
- Paula’s Choice Resist Brightening Essence ($42.00): available at Dermstore, Look Fantastic and Paula’s Choice
Some medications make blood vessels dilate. This makes dark circles look worse.
What’s the best treatment for dark circles caused by medication?
I guess you could ask your physician if you could switch to a different medication. But, this isn’t always possible. Often, the only remedy is a good concealer.
An unbalanced diet that lacks the nutrients your body badly needs can cause all sort of problems, including dark circles.
What’s the best treatment for dark circles caused by diet?
Eat a healthy diet: lots of fruits and vegetables, a moderate amount of protein and healthy fats (think omega-3 in salmon and avocado) and little sugar and bad fats. Easier said than done, I know. But, you’ll look and feel so much better, I promise!
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