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7 Causes of Under Eye Circles & How to Treat Them

Dark, gloomy circles under your eyes? Don’t panic, you’re not the only one! Dark under-eye circles are common amongst adults, although they can happen to younger individuals as well. 

The worst thing about dark eye circles is that they can make a person look older than their actual age. Whether they are caused by external factors or hereditary properties, they can definitely take a hit on your self-esteem.

Fortunately, thanks to Harmony Med Spa’s cutting-edge cosmetic solutions, you don’t have to put up with dark under-eye circles anymore. Our selection of dark circle treatments has been performed on countless occasions with incredible results each and every time. 

So, before we tackle the remedies, let’s explore what causes dark circles under the eyes.

Common Causes of Dark Under-Eye Circles

Several factors contribute to the formation of dark circles under the lower eyelids. Here are some of them:

1. Lack of Sleep and Extreme Tiredness

Aside from making you feel exhausted and disoriented, a lack of sleep can also age you both mentally and physically. Staying up late for extended hours in the night or waking up sooner than you are used to can trigger a number of health issues over time. You might not see it now, but those all-nighters you’re sowing right now will be the wrinkles, fine lines, pale complexion, and dark under-eye circles you will reap in the future.

2. Unhealthy Lifestyle

Is your lifestyle fuelled by erratic sleep, caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and stress? If so, you might also be more susceptible to dark circles under your eyes. 

3.  Genetic Reasons

Sometimes, you live a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, proper exercise, and adequate sleep, but still suffer from dark under-eye circles. Why? 

Well, if you can relate to this, your dark under-eye circles are most likely attributed to genetics. Individuals who take after their parents tend to develop this condition in their younger years. As time goes by, the condition may progress or vanish gradually. 

4. Too Much Sun and Blue Light Exposure

You need the sun for that enviable tan and vitamin D, but excessive exposure to sunlight can be what causes dark circles under the eyes, among many other negative side effects.

The reason why the skin becomes darker when you’re out in the sun is that the body produces a pigment called melanin. The longer you stay in the sun, the more melanin pigmentation is produced. This also causes the skin around your eyes to darken.

Prolonged exposure to blue light, which is produced by phones, computers, and television screens, can also contribute to this condition. 

a woman applying sunscreen under her eyes

5. Allergies

Allergies can quite easily trigger dark circles to appear. Your body has a self-defence mechanism when you experience an allergic reaction, and it has to activate certain functions to counter the attack. During this process, the body releases a considerable amount of histamines, which can cause inflammation of the blood vessels, hyperpigmentation, redness, dry skin, itchiness, and causes dark circles to appear.

6. Aging

The body’s natural ability to produce collagen slows down over time, which prompts the facial muscles to lose volume and sag. This can also make the area around the eyes have a hollow appearance along with wrinkles.

7. Dehydration

Dehydration is also what causes dark circles under the eyes most of the time. It makes the skin beneath the eyes look dull and sunken—so make sure to drink plenty of water!

Women need about 2.7 litres of water a day, while men should drink about 3.7 litres. 

At-Home Remedies for Dark Under-Eye Circles

Our team of experts highly recommends that you get enough sleep and commit to an overall healthy lifestyle. No matter what methods you apply, you can’t expect good results as long as your body does not get enough rest. 

These are some DIY remedies that are effective in getting rid of dark circles:

1. Coconut Oil

This wonderful oil has several health benefits that you will absolutely love. Coconut oil is antioxidant-rich and is also a good source of vitamin E. 

To treat dark under-eye circles, massage your skin around the eyes gently before going to bed and wash your face in the morning with lukewarm water.

a woman applies coconut oil to her face

2. Green Tea Bags

Green tea is packed with antioxidants and caffeine. It is also rich in compounds called tannins, which are very effective in terms of reducing eye puffiness, as well as shrinking the dilated blood vessels under the eyes. 

All you have to do is chill some used green tea bags in the refrigerator, place them over your closed eyelids, and relax for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with water when done.

Cosmetic Treatments for Under-Eye Circles

While home remedies for dark under-eye circles are effective to a certain extent, there are also non-invasive cosmetic methods to eliminate this condition permanently. 

Visit our med spa to experience the different types of medical procedures aimed at reducing dark under-eye circles. They include the following: 

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are great for adding volume to areas of the face that need plumping. By creating firmness, dark circles will also fade. 

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels exfoliate the skin in a controlled manner by means of—you guessed it—a chemical solution. Aside from brightening the skin under your eyes, chemical peels also smoothen and beautify your overall complexion.  

a chemical peel solution being applied onto a patient’s face

Vampire Facial

A vampire facial utilizes your own growth factors to promote the body’s natural healing abilities. These growth factors are prepared by extracting blood from the patient, processing it in a centrifuge, and injecting it back into the skin. 

PicoSure

PicoSure uses highly targeted energy to break down pigment particles that are responsible for freckles, sunspots, and other types of discolouration.

Go From Dark Under-Eye Circles to Bright and Beautiful Eyes

Now that we all know what causes dark circles under the eyes, we can tackle them head-on! 

At Harmony Med Spa, you can rely on our team of highly qualified professionals to recommend the best cosmetic solution for your skin condition. Clear skin and bright eyes are now within reach. Book your consultation today!