The skin around our eyes are the most delicate, and it is also the area where imperfections creep in first. It doesn’t take a dermatologist to tell a person’s age simply by looking at her eyes. Besides wrinkles and fine lines, dark eye circles are another common issue that women face after 20 years old.
What cause dark eye circles?
Because of how thin the skin under our eyes is, blood that accumulates beneath this area looks more obvious because it shows through the skin. As we get older, the subcutaneous fat around the area gets thinner, and veins expand as fluids pool, making these dark circles more noticeable than before.
Higher stress level and inadequate sleep can make the appearance of dark eye circles worse, because these can lead to poor blood circulation, aggravating the pooling of fluids under the eyes.
In other cases, dark eye circles could be due to hyper-pigmentation, which can be worsened with extended UV exposure.
How can we prevent the appearance of dark eye circles?
If you’re not afflicted with this problem – good for you! But because Asians are generally more prone to dark eye circles – because of our skin structure and skin tone – you should start taking preventive measures to stop them from appearing.
- Get at least seven hours of sleep every night. This may be obvious, but it’s not commonly practised. Block out all light at bed-time to help you fall asleep faster, and also sustain uninterrupted rest.
- Load up on vitamin B and K. These help to brighten skin and improve micro-circulation, and you can get these vitamins from a range of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Drink up. Having at least eight glasses of water per day ensures better micro-circulation and flushing out of toxins. Soft drinks don’t count!
- Quit smoking and avoid passive-smoking. Cigarette smoke have a detrimental effect on your skin, including contributing to the dark rings around the eyes.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Apply adequate sunscreen to save yourself from hyper-pigmentation.
How to fix dark eye circles if you already have them?
Unfortunately, if you already suffer from dark eye circles, you’ll probably be quite frustrated over them – most people are! It’s not a lost cause, though. Here are a few ways you can try to improve how they look:
- Conceal. Choose a salmon-tone concealer to help counteract the bluish shade of the dark circles. Remember that less is more – you should start with just a small amount of it and add on according to the condition.
- Quick fix with cucumber slices. Apply cucumber slices to your eyes for 10 minutes. This can help to reduce puffiness and perk up your eye area. Your dark eye circles will look less obvious immediately, but take note that even if you do this every day, it is but a temporary solution and cannot fundamentally improve the condition.
- Use technology. Skincare experts that are equipped with advanced machines can help. Bella Skin Care, for instance, offers the Bella Eye Therapy, which uses micro-current technology to improve blood circulation through lymphatic drainage massages. These massages don’t just feel relaxing and help you to de-stress, they also improve the appearance of the eye contours, making them look firmer, brighter and more youthful.