Whether you call them 'eye bags', 'dark under-eye circles', or 'raccoon eyes', the effect is the same. Puffiness and discolouration under your eyes make you look tired, older, and maybe even unhappy.
Remarkably resistant to even the thickest concealers, bags under your eyes demand a multipronged approach. Our Ultimate Guide to Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes helps you fight the war on multiple fronts. We'll teach you how to prevent dark circles and puffiness, and how to fight them when they rear their ugly head.
Most people struggle with dark circles and puffiness at some point during their life. Though the effect is the same, a range of factors can contribute to the development of eye bags. These factors include:
- Age: As you grow older, the thin skin under your eyes becomes thinner and less elastic, making blood vessels more visible.
- Complexion: People with olive skin tend to be more vulnerable to dark circles under the eyes. Very fair complexions may also develop circles, since pale skin is often thinner, and dark circles are more visible against the light skin colour.
- Health: Allergies and some inflammatory conditions can irritate your skin and the blood vessels that lie underneath, triggering dark circles or puffiness.
- Lifestyle factors: Inadequate sleep can cause circles and puffiness, or exacerbate those that are already present. Smoking, a poor diet, and generally poor health may also trigger dark circles.
- Pregnancy and other hormonal changes: Hormonal changes can alter your skin as well as what lies beneath. Some pregnant women develop a condition called 'melasma' that triggers dark patches on the face. These spots are usually brown, not the blue-black hue of traditional under-eye circles. Some pregnant women also retain water, causing swelling and under-eye puffiness. Circulatory changes during pregnancy may cause more blood to pool under the eyes, creating or worsening under-eye circles.
Because dark under-eye circles are the result of blood vessels under the skin, and not really changes to the skin itself, most creams are ineffective at fighting the circles. Our Ultimate Guide covers the handful of products that really do work.
Puffiness and dark circles are more than just an aesthetic concern, though. These unwelcome intruders can signal a number of issues with your lifestyle and environment. We cover a range of options for preventing dark circles and puffiness, including simple lifestyle remedies that can improve your overall health.
Here's what you'll learn in our Ultimate Guide series:
- How retinoid creams can help you fight under-eye circles and puffiness
- Why pregnancy has suddenly left your skin spotty, and what you can do about it
- Whether caffeinated eye creams really work
- How long you can expect to wait to see an improvement with over-the-counter remedies
- What causes under-eye circles and puffiness
- Which eye creams are the most effective at fighting under-eye circles and puffiness
We know that your time is valuable, and that your eyes are the windows to your soul. We help you get your beautiful peepers back in as little time as possible, and without wasting your hard-earned money on fruitless gimmicks. So dive into our Ultimate Guide for a personalised solution for your tired, puffy eyes.
What causes dark circles under your eyes?
Dark circles under the eyes is a relentless and irritating skin condition that most people encounter at some point during their life. Helping to understand what causes your own dark circles is important for figuring out if there is a possible way to treat or conceal the skin in your situation. One of the major causes of dark under-eye circles is the aging process, due to the thinning of the skin under your eyes. In the same way those with pale skin may experience dark circles due to the thinner nature of their skin. Allergies and other underlying health conditions can also aggravate and cause the darkness under your eyes in some cases. If you are not sleeping enough or drinking enough water you may be causing yourself to develop these dark circles and should become aware of your lifestyle choices that directly affecting your skin. Unfortunately dark circles under the eyes are often genetic and are therefore very difficult to rid of completely. Don’t lose hope yet though, there are definitely some ways to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age, for example, is a specifically targeted serum for reducing the appearance of mature skin irregularities and can help to visually reduce the signs of darkness under the eye.
How do you get rid of dark circles under your eyes?
As dark circles are largely caused by genetic inheritance or the thinning of skin as we age, they are very difficult to rid of completely. There are ways however, to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles or effectively conceal the darkness for a brightened complexion. The Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum provides deep hydration by penetrating the skin's surface to target irregularities, sagginess and dark circles. The skin will appear immediately more plumped and the formula is filled with innovative ingredients such as Cooper Lysinate/Prolinate to target the signs of aging and improve overall skin health. Using a retinoid cream can be effective in thickening the skin under the eyes to reduce the visibility of the blood vessels which causes the appearance of dark circles. Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex is a good choice as it contains Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract to target bags and darkness under the eyes by strengthening the blood capillaries and increasing circulation.