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What you need to know about dark circles around your eyes

13rd January 2015

One's face is often where the majority of your skincare regime takes place and so any change or imperfection feels magnified. If the eyes are the window to the soul, then having dark circles around your eyes may feel like that window is not only closed by covered by unsightly curtains.

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What causes dark circles?

There are a number of reasons why dark circles might be present around your eyes; it could be hereditary, due to age or simply caused by stress. The discolouration is due to the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) becoming visible through the thin periorbital skin.

The reason it appears dark/blue is because only blue/violet wavelengths of light can pass through your skin.

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity, making these dark circles appear more regularly and more prominently.

Can I get rid of them?

It is possible to get rid of those unsightly circles, regardless of their cause. As with anything, following a healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables along with exercise and plenty of quality sleep will help prevent them.

If you already have them though there are still some things you can do. It may seem like a cliché seen in cheesy films, but cucumber can actually help reduce darkness as well as puffiness.

Tea bags are also a classic method of reducing dark circles. Simply place a cold tea bag on each eye for a while and make sure to pat the area dry once they're removed.

A cold compress (e.g. small bag of ice) can be effective as the cold will cause the blood vessels to constrict and instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles.

These methods may be helpful if you're on a budget, but investing in your skincare will always provide longer lasting, quality results. Talk to a dermatologist about the various rejuvenation treatments available that will keep your complexion even and glowing.

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