How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes


A combination of different factors can conspire to form dark circles: aging, sun damage, heredity, allergies, and even poor lighting.

Probably the only fat you don't want to lose lies right under your eye and above the cheekbone, called the infra orbital fat pad. It thins with age, producing a sunken appearance. Light reflects off this recessed area, creating the illusion of shadowy circles. (Contrary to popular believe, most dark circles have nothing to do with actual changes in skin color.)

Because of aging and sun damage (with some genetic tenancy thrown in for good measure) microscopic blood vessels under the eyes can lose their stability and strength. The body compensates by forming lots of tiny new veins. A thinner fat pad means those veins are closer to the skin's surface. The result: darker dark circles.

There are reports that creams containing Vitamin K can help strengthen the walls of the tiny veins that peak through your skin, causing them to be less visible. You can find these creams by doing a Google search for "Vitamin K eye creams". A product was introduced to the market recently called Hylexin which is supposed to effectively treat the problem of dark undereye circles rather than just cover them up. In a study, almost 3/4 of women who had dark circles and used this product saw visible reduction in the color and severity of their dark circles. Preliminary reports look good although this product is quite expensive at almost $100 per bottle.

A couple of quick fixes:

  • Apply moist cool tea bags (caffeinated, like Earl Grey or English breakfast) is a quick fix for puffiness. the tannins in the tea decrease the inflammation, reduce swelling. The caffeine draws water from the skin deflating puffiness.
  • Another fix is cool cucumbers. Enzymes in the cucumber slices reduce the tissue inflammation, shrinking bags and helping erase unbecoming shadows.
  • These are great appearance enhancers for when you need to look your best. They're temporary, but they work!
  • The best bet is to conceal with makeup... Yellow neutralizes blues, purples, and dusky hues on the skin.