Dark undereye circles can make you look tired or under the weather - even when you are feeling energized and well! While genetics can play a role in the development of under-eye circles, there are other reasons why you may notice dark bags under your eyes. More importantly, there are some strategies you can use to help diminish the look of them. First, let's discuss what causes dark under-eye circles are.
Causes of Dark Undereye Circles
Dark circles under your eyes could be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, your diet and lifestyle, allergies, or genetics.
Certain vitamins and minerals are needed for the integrity of our skin and affect the way our under eyes look. For example, iron is needed to create red blood cells and affects the look of our blood vessels. A deficiency known as iron-deficiency anemia is a common culprit of dark circles which occur when the blood vessels under the eye are visible. Other common vitamin deficiencies that can cause dark circles include:
- Vitamin D
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Lack of Sleep
Another reason a person may have darkness under their eyes is lack of sleep. When you miss out on your precious ZZZ's dark circles are often a telltale sign. In addition, interference with your circadian rhythm can affect your hormones and blood flow, which can create dark hollows.
Weight Loss and Aging
Weight loss and age can also lead to dark circles. When a person loses weight or ages, their facial volume can decrease, resulting in less tissue under the eye. Since the skin under the eye is extremely thin, the underlying blood vessels are more visible, which creates the appearance of dark circles.
Seasonal allergies, food allergies, or other environmental allergies can lead to dark circles. These dark circles are known as "allergic shiners" and can look like black eyes! The release of histamines and other immune reactions can lead to blood vessel dilation and also affect your skin and lymphatic drainage. The result of these allergies is dark hollows under the eyes.
For some, genetics are to blame for the dark circles under their eyes. If you notice that your parents and siblings also have dark circles, it could be a trait that was passed down from your family.
Now that we have explored the causes of dark undereye circles let's discuss how you can get rid of them.
How to Get Rid of Dark Circles
The best treatment for dark undereye circles will depend on their cause. Since there are various reasons for dark circles, an effective treatment needs to address the root cause.
Vitamin Deficiency Dark Circles
It is important to check-in with your doctor to order labs to look for and correct vitamin deficiencies.
Lack of Sleep Dark Circles
For dark circles caused by lack of sleep, ensuring you get 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night is essential. For some people, falling and staying asleep can be interrupted by stress, irregular work schedules, or various other reasons. Luckily, herbs and natural supplements can help you achieve restful sleep and eliminate dark circles. Check out THRIVE PM which includes:
Weight Loss & Lack of Sleep Dark Circles
Weight loss and aging can both result in volume loss leading to under-eye hollows. While under-eye fillers, surgery, laser treatments, and other more invasive treatments can be a good option, non-invasive topical skincare products can also assist in getting rid of dark circles. Some ingredients to look for include:
- Caffeine: Caffeine helps to constrict blood vessels, making under the eye firmer and brighter
- Glycyrrhiza (licorice): Licrocie is an effective skin lightening agent which decreases excessive pigment that can lead to dark circles
- Hyaluronic acid: This hydrating ingredient helps to plump the skin making under eyes look smoother and firmer
Allergy-Related Dark Circles
For allergy-related dark circles, eliminating food allergies, using antihistamine medications or supplements can help. Plus, natural supplements can help to decrease histamines and immune reactions. Some ingredients to look for include:
- Vitamin C
Dark eye circles are a common concern people notice when looking in the mirror. Fortunately, there are many ways to help reduce the look of dark circles and address the root cause.
Dr. Stephanie Nichols,
Co-Chief Medical Officer of Luxe Beauty Labs