Find out why we will all have dark eye circles at some point in our lives.
Nov 02, 2018
Dark eye circles. People have been trying to get rid of them for ages, and their existence fuels a portion of the beauty industry. Here’s why you should lighten up and not worry as much about this common feature.
Dark eye circles affect most of us, and we will all most likely have them at some point in our lives. The good news is they won’t affect your vision – they are only a cosmetic nuisance. And if you’re not having luck lightening them up, chances are you have your genes to blame.
The Truth Behind the Darkness
Permanent dark eye circles are the result of thinner skin around your eyes that allows the blood vessels beneath to show. As we grow older, our skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner. You may see more elderly people with dark eye circles because of this.1
Dark eye circles aren’t always permanent, and can sometimes be the result of other factors besides genes or aging. The main cause of temporary dark circles is fatigue. Other causes can include:2
Dark eye circles can also become more pronounced when your eyes are swollen and puffy. For example, eye infections, like pink eye, can cause inflammation and create puffiness around the eyes that may give the appearance of a dark eye circle. If you experience any swelling or discomfort with your eyes, you should always consult your physician.
The truth is, genetics mean you most likely can’t get rid of them. Chemical peels and surgery can make some difference, but the quickest relief comes from remedies to help reduce swelling and the appearance of dark eye circles. These can include:3
Reducing salt in your diet
Splashing cold water on your face
Sleep and rest
Just remember, dark eye circles are incredibly common and almost everyone will have them at some point in their lives. Grab some ice or take a nap – you look great anyway!