Sometimes it seems like no matter what you do, you constantly have dark circles under your eyes. Instead of blindly trying various things to fix your under-eye dark circles, keep reading to learn what causes them and how to fix them.
What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?
Information is power and here is what you need to know when it comes to dark circles under your eyes.
Causes You CAN Control
You may not be able to control everything that causes dark circles, but there is a lot that you can control! Not getting enough sleep, sleeping on your side or stomach, being dehydrated, consuming a diet high in alcohol and salty foods, harshly rubbing your eyes, and living with a lot of stress are all causes that contribute to darkened circles under your eyes.
Once you know what causes the problem, you can work on applying the solution. For these causes, simple fixes such as getting more sleep, sleeping on your back with your head elevated, limiting your consumption of alcohol and salty foods, gently rubbing your eyes, and lowering stress are all ways to combat these causes of under-eye dark circles.
Causes You Can’t Control
However, there are some causes of dark under-eye circles that no matter what, you cannot control. Getting older and your body developing less collagen, a genetic predisposition prone to dark circles, and the fact that some skin tones make dark circles more noticeable are all causes you cannot control. Even though you may not have control over these factors, you can use the treatments listed below to minimize how noticeable the dark circles under your eyes are.
Top 10 Dark Circles Home Remedies
We don’t always have time to go get a facial for specific, targeted treatments. But, that doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. Here are 10 ways to treat the dark circles under your eyes, all from your home!
There are a variety of items that can be used as a cold compress to reduce the appearance of under-eye dark circles. From frozen spoons to frozen vegetables, the key is the prolonged application of a cold source to the under-eye area which will shrink the dilated blood vessels. Cold compresses also help reduce the swelling under the eyes, which then enhances the appearance of your face.
Gua Sha or Jade Rolling
Using a gua sha or jade roller works much like a cold compress because the stones used are often cold to the touch, which helps reduce swelling. The movement of the stone helps improve circulation in the face which diminishes the appearance of the dilated blood vessels and helps improve the appearance of your complexion.
Derma Rolling (At-Home Micro Needling)
Effective micro needling can reduce the appearance of under-eye dark circles by stimulating collagen production and increasing circulation. When derma rolling, it is important to always follow proper usage techniques and to not over microneedle an area.
Occasionally treating your skin with an at-home facial provides your skin with skincare ingredients it does not receive on a regular basis. The ElumeStemCell Hydra Serum gives your skin spa-like results without leaving your house. The unique Hydra Serum Applicator allows you to apply professional grade skin care yourself. The matrix proteins and natural hyaluronic acid help to restore the damaged skin under your eyes, for refreshed skin with diminished under-eye circles.
Chilled tea bags applied to the eye area have the benefits of a cold compress with the added benefits of antioxidants. Using green or black tea bags reduces inflammation, shrinks blood vessels, and improves circulation around the eyes. Simply seep two teabags in hot water for 10 minutes. Then put them in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill. Once cold, put one tea bag on each eye and let sit for 10 minutes and rinse your face once done.
Greek Yogurt Eye Mask
A similar method is to apply cold Greek yogurt to the under-eye area and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. The lactic acid in Greek yogurt helps even the skin coloring. Greek yogurt also contains Vitamin A which helps brighten skin. The cold aspect of the Greek yogurt eye mask helps reduce the dilated blood vessels, lightening the appearance of the dark circles.
ElumeStemCell Skincare Routine
Using high quality skincare daily is the best way to combat dark under-eye circles consistently. While special treatments like masks or facials are great for your skin, daily care of your skin with quality products is the best preventative measure. Not all skincare is created equally. The ElumeStemCell skincare routine makes it easy to give your skin what it needs with a simple daily process. The growth factors and collagen in the Daily Illuminating Face Serum fights dark circles and wrinkles.
Consistently applying rosewater to the eye area can help reduce puffy eyes. Since puffy eyes can cause shadows that enhance the dark circles under your eyes, it is important to reduce the swelling. Rose water can be used as a toner and applied to the eye area daily before the rest of the skin care routine or can be used as a concentrated treatment. To do so, apply cotton balls soaked in rosewater on the eye area for at least 15 minutes.
Eat Foods High in Antioxidants
Eating foods that are high in antioxidants help combat oxidative stress which can cause skin to age faster. Foods like broccoli, oranges, berries, papaya, tomatoes, dark chocolate, mango, pineapple, and beans are all high in antioxidants or vitamins that help improve the appearance of skin. This will lead to brighter, firmer skin throughout your face, including under the eyes.
Just as nutritious foods help the skin's complexion, so does water. Keeping hydrated not only improves brain function but your skin's glow as well. Having fluids pool around the eyes makes dark circles appear worse, but having hydrated skin reduces the dark circles under your eyes as the skin is more supple.
Say “Goodbye!” to Your Dark Circles at Home
Whether you decide to give your skin daily love with a solid skincare routine or try an at-home facial, the thin skin under your eyes will benefit from the nutrients which will diminish the dark circles. Combine those topical solutions with being aware of what you put in your body and the way you sleep and you will be amazed at the changes that can happen.