Battling Dark Under Eye Circles
Dark circles under the eye are the first sign of aging, stress or sickness. However, many of us walk around in perfect health with dark circles we can’t seem to get rid of.
For temporary dark circles, the fastest cure is a cold compress. Usually a used (and chilled) teabag will fit the bill, or a bag of frozen peas.
However, this eye blemish is caused by an assortment of different reasons and is therefore quite common. To cure persistent dark circles, you have to first know what is causing them.
Your dark circles may be caused by a lifestyle decision you’ve made. The easiest way to cure those circles, then, is to change your lifestyle and give your eyes time to recover.
Make sure you’re getting enough deep sleep. Also try using another pillow to elevate your head and reduce swelling.
Consider quitting if you smoke, drink or use any other drugs. These will cause stress on the body, which will in turn strain the tender tissues under the eye. And if that doesn’t work, make sure you’re not rubbing and irritating the area yourself.
Sometimes the cause of the dark circles is a factor of the environment. Allergies often irritate the nasal cavities and blood vessels under the eyes and can only really be solved by seeking allergy relief.
The sun can also damage the sensitive skin under the eyes; even though tanning may hide the darkness, it can get worse when the tan fades. Consider sunglasses or a facial sunscreen to protect your under-eye area.
Almost any sickness, especially those that cause nasal congestion, can cause dark baggy eyes. A saline wash is a great start, along with tons of vitamins, but patience more often than not will see the dark circles disappear.
If your dark circles are caused by a skin infection, like dermatalis, you’ll need to see a dermatologist who can prescribe a topical or antibiotic treatment.
Sometimes there is little you can do to prevent dark circles. If they are a factor of genetics, only cosmetics can “cure” the discoloration.
Those with more pigmentation in their skin can be more prone to splotches of mis-pigmentation. As well, the patches of color might be an inherited trait.
In the End
Although there are tips, tricks, and products designed to help easing the aging process, we all get older and the sensitive areas under the eye are often affected first. Sometimes the only thing left to do is to use a concealer.
After all: is age really all that bad of a thing if it demonstrates wisdom, vitality, and experience?