There’s not much that can make you look more tired than having dark circles around our eyes, but are they really caused by tiredness and, apart from sleep, is there anything we can do to combat them? Read on for the lowdown on dark circles:
What causes them?
According to Eye Health Web, there are a number of causes for dark circles – “Dark circles have a variety of different causes. Besides alcohol and lack of sleep, illnesses also cause these circles to appear. The combination of a fair complexion and thin skin if often the culprit. Dark circles under the eyes can appear in childhood, and are often an inherited trait. Some children will outgrow them, but others will not. Nasal congestion can dilate the blood vessels that drain from the area around your eyes, causing them to darken. Sleep deprivation is the most common cause, and the easiest to prevent, but oversleeping can also cause dark eye circles.” Stress is another cause, as well as ageing because our skin gets thinner as we get older.
What can we do to prevent them?
There are a number of great products which are hugely effective in the battle against dark circles. Here are five of the best:
This dark circle corrector is a complete eyecare product, which contain caffeine to stimulate drainage, vitamins B3 and CG help to protect and brighten the eye area and orange pigments deliver an instant illuminating effect.
Masks are a great treatment for the delicate eye area and this one increases cell renewal and revitalises a fatigued eye area. It can be used twice a week and will reduce puffiness and dark circles.
This eye complex from Dermalogica does a multitude of things, including reducing wrinkles and crow’s feet plus puffiness, dark circles due to hyperpigmentation and skin sensitivity due to dehydration.
Never ones to leave the guys out, Elemis have created this eye product just for men. It’s a lightweight anti-ageing eye cream, clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles by up to 37%.
This unique gel-cream contains illuminating yellow pigments to counteract dark circles alongside yeast extract while ruscus extract limits the appearance of dark circles. The innovative design of the silicone wand allows for ease of application.