Keep An Eye On Dark Circles

As true as quoted, “Your eyes are the mirror of your soul”, but the dark circles under your eyes also reveal a lot about your health and lifestyle. They can affect your self-esteem and make you feel inconfident in front of your friends and family members. Dark circles have a tendency to age your appearance faster than grey hairs or wrinkles. They are not a serious problem but can make you look older, unhealthy, exhausted and tired. There isn’t any fixed age group as both men and women of different age group can have dark circles.

Dark discolouration of the skin under the eye is primarily known as dark circles or dark rings or shadows. Some of the main causes behind the formation of dark circles are unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, mental stress, long work hours in front of a computer, dry skin, ageing, or it could also be due to heredity. If not treated in time, they will just dull your overall appearance. If you have dark circles and are concerned about the fact that you are going to be wedged with them always, then don’t be. Here’s a short guide on the causes and treatment of Dark Circles. Read on to know all the facts related to dark circles and how they can be treated.


Lifestyle changes

Lack of sleep, excessive time spent in front of computers, lack of hydration, etc. can all give rise to under eye bags, making your eyes look puffy.


Drink plenty of water, get 6 to 8 hours of sleep, and if you can’t cut down the time in front of a PC , use specs with antiglare coating and get a similar coating on your computer screen too. This way you stand less fatigue in your eyes and thus less of dark circles and under eye bags.


Rubbing your Eyes

Rubbing will lead to breakage of blood vessels, causing puffiness and dark circles.


Excessive strain on the eyes makes one rub them frequently and friction cause skin pigmentation to darken. Take frequent breaks or splash cold water a few times, to relax your eyes while working long hours in front of a computer.


Melanin (pigment that gives the skin its colour) deposition in the skin leading to dark circles:

The skin around the eyes is thinner and the uneven dispersal of the melanin makes the skin look darker, giving rise to dark circles.


Use skin lightening creams containing skin bleaching agents like hydroquinone and vitamin C. Be regular with sunscreens and glares coated with UV protective covering. A few sessions of Chemical peels (glycolic acid, salicylic acid etc.), performed by experienced doctors, would also be helpful in reducing pigmentation.

You can also opt for laser treatment to be performed by dermatologists. In this treatment, a laser beam is passed over the surface of the skin that specifically targets the melanin, resulting in the reduction of dark circles.


Excessive volume loss

Excessive volume loss below the eye can give rise to a shadowing effect, making the area around your eyes appear darker than they are.


Get a session of Hyaluronic acid filler to restore the lost volume. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body,  which makes the skin elastic and firm. In this process, hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin in mild, controlled doses to gain back the lost skin volume.

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