We often blame lack of sleep and eye trauma as the reason for the dark circles under your eyes. But there are other reasons that can cause the dark tint underneath our eyes. Here are the top causes:
- Genetics. Dark under eye-circles are pigmentation problems that are often seen in blacks and Asians.
- Allergies. Allergies such as hay fever or food allergies can make the blood vessels beneath the eyes swell and cause dark pigmentation.
- Nasal Congestion. Blocked nasal passages can make the veins from your eyes dilate and darken.
- Vitamin Deficiency. Poor nutrition may cause dark under eye circles. Stress, over consumption of caffeine, alcohol and sugar and impaired vitamin absorption can lead to dark circles. Excess salt can also cause the blood vessels under the skin to look blue.
- Dehydration. Blood vessels will dilate and swell if there is no moisture in the body. Smoking and alcohol dehydrates the body and it reduces oxygen flow in the skin.
- Smoking. Smoking results in poor blood circulation which can cause the blood vessels under the eyes to more bluish and darker.
- Lack of sleep. Although it’s not a major cause but lack of sleep leads to pale and tired-looking skin which can make dark circles appear more prominently.
Now that you know the possible causes, it’s best to find a treatment that addresses the root of the problem. If it’s allergies, consult with the right medical professional. Eat foods that are good for the skin and avoid salty food. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. Stop smoking and get enough rest.
Once you have decided to fight the cause of your dark under eye circles, you can also use eye creams to diminish the dark under eye circles. Many of these cosmetic products use ingredients that lightens and exfoliates the skin under the eyes.Here are recommended eye creams: