Causes of dark circles under eyes and how to treat them

They can make you look tired and washed out, even with eight hours of beauty sleep. From fatigue to ageing, diet to genetics, there are lots of reasons why we get dark circles under our eyes. But the real question is: how can we get rid of them?

Never fear – with the right dark circle treatments, you’ll rock that woke-up-like-this, bright-eyed glow in no time.

Identifying Dark Circles

Dark eye circles are different to bags or puffiness, and they have different causes.

Dark circles under eyes look shadowy compared to your usual skin tone. The delicate undereye area might appear black, brown, blue or purple. These shadowy areas appear when blood builds up underneath the eyes due to poor circulation, giving it that blue-coloured tinge. Bags, on the other hand, are caused by fluid or fat deposits and appear puffed up.

What Causes Dark Circles Under Eyes?

One of the main culprits is simply the natural ageing process. As we age, our skin becomes looser and thinner, which makes the blood vessels more prominent.

Dark eye circles can also be hereditary, running in families. So, if your parents are prone to dark circles, you may be too.

Physical causes of dark circles under eyes include rubbing and scratching, which can damage blood vessels. Skin issues like dermatitis cause blood vessel dilation, while hyperpigmentation from sun exposure can also impact skin tone and colour.

There are also plenty of lifestyle factors that come into play. It’s no coincidence that many of us think dark circles can make you look tired; in fact, they are often a real sign of fatigue and lack of sleep. Stress, alcohol, smoking, and dehydration also take their toll in the form of prominent blood vessels and dark areas of discolouration.

How to Prevent Dark Circles

Wondering how to get rid of dark circles? As with most skincare issues, prevention is the best cure. While there’s no single way to completely eliminate dark circles, here are a few tweaks you can make to keep them at bay.

  • Refresh your sleep schedule: Get at least seven hours of snooze a night to keep skin healthy and happy.
  • Reduce stress: Make time for yourself and find ways to unwind after a stressful day.
  • Watch your alcohol and tobacco intake: Cut back on drinking and quit smoking to improve hydration and circulation.
  • Always use suncream: Find a good SPF and stick to it daily, especially around eyes where your skin is fine and thin.
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Dark Circle Treatment Options

Of course, even with the best intentions, dark circles will pop up from time to time. If you’re prone to them, try out the latest dark circle treatments from L’Oréal Paris. We have a selection of plumping creams, silky serums and cooling gels to target your eye care concerns.

  • Infused with 2.5% pure hyaluronic acid and caffeine, Revitalift Filler Eye Serum cancels out the effects of stress and screen time, visibly brightening dark circles and filling in fine lines. Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid leave eyes looking wider, brighter, and more radiant, while a cooling triple bead applicator massages away any puffiness.
  • Dealing with fine lines along with your dark circles? Try our Revitalift Anti-Ageing Eye Cream to target both concerns at once. This plumping cream includes hyaluronic acid and pro-xylane to refine and sculpt your eye contours.
  • Our Golden Age Rosy Radiant Eye Cream includes light-reflecting particles to correct shadowy areas. At the same time, peony extract helps skin recover its natural glow to keep your undereye area looking fresh and peachy.
  • Treat your skin to a boost of energy with our Cell Renew Illuminating Eye Cream. Made with black truffle and fermented black tea, it stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal process while improving circulation. Perk up tired eyes fast, all while targeting the signs of ageing. For mature skin types, we recommend checking out Age Perfect Collagen Expert Eye Cream, made with Soya-Ceramide, which replenishes the eye contour area, intensely hydrating and nourishing the skin. For added protection, pair your cream with Revitalift Clinical Daily UV Fluid SPF 50+ to shield your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent further signs of ageing.

You can also treat your dark undereye circles with classic household remedies. Apply cold spoons to your eyes to shrink dilated blood vessels for a quick and easy fix. Cucumber slices are a favourite at spas for a reason – they’re filled with water and vitamin C. And chilled tea bags shrink blood vessels in a flash thanks to their natural caffeine and antioxidant content.

Choosing the Right Dark Circle Treatment for Your Needs

With so many treatment options, you can narrow down the field by considering your skin type and concerns. If you have dry skin, look for treatments that contain hydrating ingredients like glycerine and hyaluronic acid. For mature skin, look for our anti-ageing formulas. And if you spend lots of time outdoors, you’ll want an eye treatment that contains SPF to shield your eyes from sun damage.

The Revitalift Filler range is a great choice for most skin types. With the right dark circle treatment, you’ll be able to brighten dark circles, shrink eye bags, and hydrate dry and delicate skin all at once. Check out the latest eye care products from L’Oréal Paris and banish dark circles for good.

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