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Updated on Apr 26, 2021 Useful Info

Turning the spotlight on dark circles under the eyes

There are actual hundreds of eye creams that all claim to make dark circles and other problems disappear. And yet, we have yet to hear from anyone that dark circles simply disappeared because of a particular product. Even cosmetics manufacturers don't really believe in their own promises, otherwise they would hardly launch new products year after year. After all, if certain products actually helped, there would be no need to "reinvent" them over and over again. You can see more here, or continue to read.

What are the causes of dark circles under the eyes?

There are many causes of dark circles under the eyes and each cause needs to be treated differently. Unfortunately, there are no skin care products that effectively address the causes of dark circles. This is also the reason why you may not have found a suitable skincare product for you in the past. Here are some tips from us.

After a lot of extensive research and testing, and numerous conversations with medical experts, the Paula's Choice research team has come to the conclusion that there are definitely things that can help with dark circles under the eyes. Unfortunately, the solution to this problem is not found in a cream pot with some miracle cure for dark circles.

There are numerous causes of dark circles under the eyes. We have summarized the most important ones for you here:

  • Circles under the eyes due to sun damage to the skin
  • Blood vessels shimmering through the thin skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergies
  • Genetic predisposition to dark circles under the eyes
  • Deep-set eyes or overhanging skin can cause natural shadow formation
  • Dried out and damaged skin cells in the eye area make it appear darker

How can I lighten dark circles under my eyes?

Even though our tips can certainly be helpful, you should still expect that you may never get rid of your dark circles under your eyes. However, you can always cover your dark circles as best you can with a good concealer and/or highlighter. This way, the skin around your eyes can still look good and healthy with the addition of good skincare.

In the eye area, use a light day cream with an SPF of at least 30 every day. If you don't use a sunscreen for the skin, you won't be adequately protected against harmful UV rays and the skin will wrinkle more easily and produce too much melanin, which will only make dark circles look worse. This is an important step that you should never forget in your daily skin care routine.

Around the eyes, use a sunscreen with only the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Other active ingredients cause increased skin irritation around the eyes for some, which in turn can cause dark circles and this should be avoided if possible.

Always wear sunglasses. Exposure to the sun produces melanin (pigment that darkens the cells of the skin) and this is what makes darker circles even darker. The most sensible solution to avoid dark circles, wrinkles and drooping eyelids is to wear high quality sunglasses with UV 400 lenses and sunscreen for the face. Also, people with dark eyes and darker skin, who usually struggle with dark circles less often, should definitely protect their skin well from the sun on sunny days.

Taking antihistamines can help. If you suffer from allergies, which can also be a cause of dark circles and puffy eyelids, be sure to consult your family doctor and ask about over-the-counter and prescription medications or creams that may be able to help.

Only use an extra softening cream in the evening. If your day cream has too much emollient properties, then it may be the cause of foundation or concealer settling into the small lines around the eyes, which can make the skin around the eyes look older and wrinkled.

Use a product that brightens the skin 2 times a day. A well-formulated brightening skin care product, can lighten dark circles and make the skin under the eyes look more radiant. Be sure to choose a product that has vitamin C and niacinamide in it.

Use an eye cream based on your skin type. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or a combination of both, when choosing an eye cream, choose one that matches your skin type. Dry and dehydrated skin around the eyes can make under-eye circles more нoticeable.Choose a moisturizing and nourishing eye cream to minimize water retention and soften the appearance of dark circles.

Eye creams that contain anti-aging and brightening ingredients can help fight fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, while brightening antioxidants give the eye area a radiant look.

Use a good concealer. In our experience, a concealer with a matte finish (rather than a cream concealer, which may be too greasy) gives the best results for dark circles under the eyes, as it adheres well and evenly to the skin and doesn't smudge. The color must be chosen so that the dark circles are lightened significantly, but it should not be lighter than the rest of the skin, otherwise you will create too bright spots around the eyes and look like you are wearing a mask. Of course, you can also apply a thin layer of highlighter over the concealer to accentuate and brighten some parts of your face.

Don't expect miracles. Conventional products that are supposed to lighten the skin have absolutely no positive effect on dark circles under the eyes. Unless they are caused by previous sun damage to the surface of the skin. A well-formulated skincare product with vitamin C or a prescription supplement may be able to help and lighten the skin a bit.

Medical options.

You can talk through the various options with your dermatologist, including injections, laser or light treatments, radio wave therapy or a chemical peel to reduce the dark circles or wrinkles around the eyes. A dermatologist who has experience with various laser treatments can best advise you on the right treatment methods for your skin type and color. A so-called q-switched Nd:YAG and ruby laser, also called Ruby laser, is most commonly used for such a treatment.