Dark Under Eye Circles - Everything You Need To Know
Bright eyes can be difficult to maintain: especially if you have a busy and full lifestyle! Tiredness, of course, is always associated with dark circles around the eye area– and while it’s true that a good night’s sleep can heal your peepers – our skin experts comment that most eye concerns are caused by something much more than simple to fix than that.
Read on to discover 5 every day causes for dark under eye circles and how to treat your eyes better! Your tired eyes will thank you for it!
What are dark under eye circles?
They're a sign you need a good night's sleep? Not necessarily. Our skin experts explain that most eye concerns are actually caused by clients using the wrong skin products... or none at all!
Don’t wait to invest in a good, professional eye cream and treat your dark under-eye circles properly.
Five causes of dark circles under your eyes
Skin Therapist, Nicola, explains that dark circles under the eye area are actually caused by the fact that the anatomy of the eye is very different. Skin surrounding your eyes is actually “8-10 times thinner,” Nicola explains.
Because skin is thinner around your eye area, blood vessels are closer to the surface. When you are tired blood capillaries dilate, and you can visibly see a purple or blue colour.
Guinot’s Skin Therapist, Nicola, continues to make it simple for you to understand the reasons behind those puffy, dark eye circles. Nicola tells you that puffiness around the eyes is an “accumulation of excess fluid that isn’t adequately drained by the body’s systems.” Simply put, fluid gets trapped beneath the eye area making eyes appear puffy. This can be triggered by things such as incorrect use of products e.g. using a product that isn’t formulated for the eye area, as well as factors such as lack of sleep, lack of hydration, allergies and diet.
Crows Feet or Fine Lines
As skin’s tissue around the eye area is thinner and more delicate it makes it more vulnerable to environmental concerns such as weather changes and the sun. This, teamed with this fact that your eye areas contains fewer collagen and elastin fibres, makes it more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. Teamed with dark circles, this is a common skin concern for many.
Skin Therapist, Nicola, explains that some people will simply have dark circles around their eyes “thanks to their genes.” While not much can be done to change your genes, there are things that can prevent under eye circles no matter what the cause.
Decleor Skin Therapist, Eileen, explains that milia are little white dots found around the eye area, usually in conjunction with dark under eye circles. Eileen explains that milia are formed when “keratin” (a substance produced by the skin) becomes entrapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny, white cyst. An individual milium (the singular of milia) is formed at the base of a hair follicle or sweat gland.
Treatment for dark circles
There’s a wealth of treatments out there, to help recover your dark, under eye circles. But first, forget what you’ve heard! Skin Therapist, Jane, sets the record straight when it comes to eye care application.
How to apply eye cream
Jane clarifies: “all Dermalogica eye products are designed for the whole eye area” – including your eyelids. In fact, Age Reversal Eye Complex is the only Dermalogica eye cream that cannot be directly applied to your lids. This is because it contains retinol, which is an extremely potent ingredient and works to soften the appearance of wrinkles.
Simply pat a rice-sized amount of Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Complex around the brow bone area. Next, gently work this product into the skin around your eye socket to deliver a cocktail of health that will brighten your eyes and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
Use eye cream twice a day
Dermalogica Skin Therapist, Naomi, further notes that it is important to use your professional eye cream of choice, twice a day. She says, “You moisturise twice a day, so why not moisturise the eye area as well!”
Follow these 2 significant eye care instructions and your dark circles will immediately look brighter.
As well as Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Complex, your goto eye cream for dark circles will be “Dermalogica’s Total Eye Care SPF15,” according to Skin Therapist, Jane. Total Eye Care SPF15 is the only Dermalogica eye cream that contains SPF, “so if you don’t get SPF from your makeup – this product is a must,” explains Dermalogica’s Skin Therapist, Jane
She further explains “ I have had clients that have used Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Firm because they have wanted properties that work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but then they have also used Dermalogica’s Total Eye Care SPF15 over the top” to build an SPF around the eye area. It is true that Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power firm can be applied to the eyelids to defend this area of skin from free radicals that can trigger a dull and dark appearance around the eye area.
Tips for dark under the eye circles
- If under-eye circles appear reddened or sore, opt for a product that soothes sensitivity such as Dermalogica’s Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum. It is common for rosacea sufferers to have blood shot eyes and redness in this area.
- Tired eyes and dark under eye circles can be the result of not cleansing this area thoroughly. You must use a makeup remover or oil-based cleanser to gently break down any eye makeup or debris from the eye area.
- Make sure you use an exfoliator around the eye area so that small, white spots (aka milia) don’t collect around this area of skin. Try a gentle exfoliator as your skin is much thinner round the eyes.