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What Causes Dark Circles and How to Reduce their Appearance?

Many people; women and men, often have to deal with the dreaded dark cycles that appear under the eye area. The darkness that appears under the lower eyelids is often accompanied by other various skin issues including overall skin dullness, loss of collagen and puffiness. So what really causes the dark circles and how can you reduce

their appearance?

Dark circles are

often caused by a disturbed lifestyle, hormonal changes, allergies, eye strain,and

lack of sleep,hyper-pigmentation, genetics and many more. If you leave your dark circles untreated for a longtime, your overall appearance will be compromised and of course,it may lead to the occurrence of serious health issues. Therefore, it is important that you reduce the appearance of dark cycles on time. Consequently, here are the topical solutions and high tech treatments to help you brighten your under-eye darkness.

1.Sleep better

One of the solutions that are recommended to allow you to sleep better at night is to activate your

tablet or phone night mode setting. The blue light will be able to be minimized since it has been proven that it disrupts your natural sleep cycle. Moreover, since the dark cycles are usually because of poor lymphatic circulation, you are advised to avoid sleeping facing down. That is because sleeping in that position can further block nasal sinuses and thus resulting in the fluid buildup that leads to dark circles formation. Sleep for about 8 hours.

2.Soak your eyes with tea bags

Tea contains antioxidants and caffeine that can serve the purpose of helping in regards to stimulating the circulation of blood. Also, antioxidants and caffeine are important in shrinking your eye blood vessels and reducing the retention of liquid beneath your skin. To use tea bags, simply soak two green or black tea bags for around 5 minutes in hot water. Then refrigerate them for about 15 minutes and once cold, apply them to your eyes closed for about 10 minutes. When done, remove the tea bags and use cool water to rinse your eyes.

3.Conceal with makeup

Makeup and cosmetics when applied on your eye and face only help with reducing the

appearance of dark circles. They do not cure the problem. The use of concealers is advised as they are able to camouflage dark marks by blending with your particular skin color. Even with the importance of concealers, you should observe proper care since some products may trigger an allergic reaction or worsen your problem.

4.Hydration and sunscreen

While it may become impossible to totally prevent the occurrence of dark under-eye circles,

it is possible to reduce their appearance. First, note that you should avoid the consumption of too much alcohol and salt since they increase dehydration. This makes your eyes appear puffy and as a result, your dark circles are worsened. Choose hydrating and gentle cleansers as they do not irritate the sensitive eye skin like drying cleansers. Moreover, when you are out, always wear sunscreen to safeguard you against potential damage that can be caused by ultraviolet rays.


This fruit is rich in vitamin C and powerful antioxidants important for safeguarding the

delicate blood vessels positioned under your eyes by increasing blood circulation. Vitamin C is also important for rejuvenating the skin and protecting it from the harmful free radicals. Tomatoes also contain beta-carotene, lycopene, quercetin, and lutein that are vital for maintaining healthy skin.

Other foods loaded with essential vitamin C include broccoli, oranges, and papaya.

6.Medical treatments

There are numerous medical treatment options for you to choose from. Some of the common

methods include;

  • Chemical peels meant for reducing pigmentation

  • Laser surgery

  • Tissue Fillers

  • Fat removal

  • Surgical implants

Always ensure that you discuss with your doctor the appropriate medical treatment option for

you. Also, note that invasive medical treatments are usually painful, expensive and the recovery time is longer and therefore natural solutions should be considered first.


Disclaimer: This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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