Dark circles and under-eye bags are one of the most common skincare issues in both men and women. A majority of the time it is caused by the lack of sleep and/or neglecting the skin. There are other factors that causes this issue such as:
Age - Getting older is something that we can't avoid. As you get older, the amount of fat and collagen decreases which affects the skin’s elasticity. This causes your skin to become thin and exposes the blood vessels underneath the eye. Taking the right steps toward caring for your skin can slow down the aging process.
Allergies – As the season’s changes, it can cause seasonal allergies, especially, in the Spring and Fall. Allergies contributes to dark circles and under-eyebags as it responds to harmful bacteria, causing symptoms such as puffy eyes, itchiness, and redness.
Dehydration – Our body is made up of mostly water, so, it only makes sense that dehydration can contribute to this issue. When your body doesn’t have the right amount of water in it, it shows through your skin causing it to look dull.
Fatigue – Staying up late, not getting the proper amount of rest, or oversleeping causes fatigue. Abnormal sleeping habits can cause the skin to become dull and lifeless, which results dark tissues and blood vessels to show.
Genetics – Unfortunately, your DNA could play a part in why you are developing dark circles. Some may notice this trait as a child, and it may worsen as he or she gets older. This can be caused by predispositions to other medical conditions.
Sun Overexposure – Too much of anything is never good and this goes being outside in the sun for too long without the right protection. When the skin is exposed to the sun, the body produces melanin, excess melanin can be produced when the skin is being overexposure. This can cause hyperpigmentation around and under the eyes.
How to Treat and Prevent Dark Circles:
Apply cold compress to help reduce puffiness.
Stay hydrated, drinking the proper amount of water will help prevent dark circles from appearing.
Use sunscreen. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is; it is important have sunscreen in your skincare routine daily.
Practice good sleeping habits. Sometimes it is hard to get to bed on time or sometimes you just can’t fall asleep. Establish a bedtime routine that allows you to get the proper rest you need.
Put your phone on DND
Limit your screen time
Read before bed
Turn off the TV
Reflect and journal