Under-Eye Dark Circles facts and Solutions
June 14, 2010
Tired of looking tired with those dark under eye circles? Did you know that this is one of the most common cosmetic complaints? According to cosmologists, nine out of ten people have dark circles under their eyes at one time or another. There are some things you can definitely do to minimize the darkness and bring out the brightness in your eyes.
Why the darkness?
In some cases, darkness around the eyes is hereditary, as well many people with allergies seem to have dark circles. There are other culprits – something you can do something about. Smoking, drinking a lot of coffee, soda or caffeine beverages will usually make dark circles worse. So does generally not eating right. Also pulling all-nighters – whether for school, work or fun – contribute to the dark-eyes problem. One thing all people with dark circles have in common is a lack of oxygen and poor circulation in the under-eye tissue.
The various causes are:
- People who were born with sharp nose (high nose bridge) and deep-set eyes will naturally have their eye circles appearing dark.
- People who suffer from long period of insomnia – lack of adequate rest and sleep.
- People who watch an excessive amount of television or work on a computer for long periods of time – over stressing their eye muscles.
- Pigmentation after childbirth or due to side effects of some drugs – these hyper-pigmentation around the eye area will appear like dark circles.
- (a), It is possible to hire the services of a plastic surgery to flatten the nose bridge, and push up the eye sockets to make the dark circles disappear. In addition having injectable lactic acid injected near the inner eye socket close to the bridge of the nose to fill the hollow area.
- For (b), you need some relatively lighter shade of makeup foundation to conceal the dark circles.
- For (c), medical/psychiatric treatment has to be sought to treat the insomnia. Once this person gets to sleep normally, his/her dark circles will start to diminish, but perhaps not completely.
- For (d) the person can only help himself/herself to avoid staying up to late.
- For (e), it is a problem with hormonal imbalance, and requires medical treatment. At times the body’s hormonal system can get back to normal on its own over time, and the dark circles gradually fade. Eye massage will also help to improve conditions (b), (c), (d), and (e) to some extent, by way of stimulating and enhancing blood circulation.
Wrinkles are caused by:
- Constitution – naturally by birth due to the muscular structure.
- Aging – sagging of muscles as one ages.
- Dehydrated skin – skin creases due to moisture loss.
- Gesture habits – frequent frowning, and smiling or laughing in such a way that the eye muscles were often creased.
- Lack of muscles – especially with excessively thin people.
- Sleep positions – faces buried in a pillow in the same position year after year can cause deep wrinkles and folds in the facial skin. Particularly in the eye area.
- Use of soap and other harsh cleansers – Harsh cleansers excessively dry out facial and body skin tissue. This can prevent the body from regenerating natural skin oils that help prevent skin damage and wrinkles
What a good eye cream really does is to:
- prevent further moisture loss.
- assists the skin in absorbing moisture from the air.
- compensates the skin with the vitamins and minerals it may lack.
- stimulates blood circulation (usually mild action only).
- Oxygenates the skin tissue
What eye creams to use?
First of all try one of the many under eye creams that help lessen the appearance of dark circles over a period of time. Note these do not work instantly but over a few weeks. Try Easy-Eye Instant Eye-Tuck & Dark Circle Treatment, including the Illuminating Eye Care. They have added Collagen. They oxygenate the under-eye tissue and increase blood circulation.
Make up cure!
In the mean time stop piling it on, ‘whatever product’ you use to cover them. Too much can actually make matters worse. Instead apply the correct concealer after foundation rather than before. This way you can place it exactly where you need it. Try using a fine brush to apply the concealer, you’ll find you use less and it looks much more natural, not heavy. Try an effective Organic/Vegan product such as the ones offered by Christopher Drummond.
These are exceptional and contain truly powerful antioxidants. All harmful toxic materials have been left out of these products. They are a great alternative to mineral makeup and actually improve the condition of your skin.
Use a moisturizing, light reflecting under eye concealer. Or a demi-matte concealer in a shade close to your skin tone, too light a colour will look ashy and obvious. For the optimum results, tip your head forward and look up into a mirror, this will really highlight the dark circles, now apply the concealer and blend. When you put your head up the dark will have disappeared.
TOP TIP – Can’t find the right concealer? Don’t worry simply do as many make-up artists do, use the slightly dryer bit of foundation that collects around the neck of the bottle and inside the cap. It is denser than your foundation, just the perfect consistency and colour for you to use as a concealer.
You must NEVER use a blemish concealer under the eyes. It could dry out and irritate the delicate eye area.
Natural Eye refreshers!!
- The best thing is to use slices of cucumber cooled in the fridge and applied on the eyes like an eye-mask or sliced raw potato used in the same way. Iced frozen used tea bags are also really useful in controlling exhausted eyes, dark circles and puffiness.
- A very effective treatment is using a mixture of 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt and 1-teaspoon honey, mix and use it like an eye-mask under the eyes. Wash off after 15 minutes. Also, take grated cucumber or potato and immerse cotton pads in the mixture then refrigerate until cold and apply over eye area. This makes an excellent eye treatment.
The plain facts: No one product or treatment will take care of dark circles completely. It is important to take a holistic approach to your general health, beauty and of course your dark circles. What works best is find products for your dark circles that make a difference. In addition learn how to cleanse your face in a gentle effective way. Find a moisturizer that is designed for your under-eye area. Not one that is used for the entire body. Drink plenty of water, get the rest you need and take supplements that strengthen your immune system (I will get into this more in my next blog post). Use a none medicated 9% Saline Nasal spray to keep your nasal passage clear and clean. This reduces the stress in the under-eye area. Also, use a non medicated Natural Tear Eye Drop everyday. This clears your eyes and tear duct from pollutants and also reduces the possibility of eye strain.