Ways to Avoid and Treat Dark Circles

young woman treating dark circles under eyes

It’s common to have dark circles under your eyes after a night of little or poor sleep, but having this condition on a regular basis usually indicates an underlying issue or cosmetic problem. For example, you might have dark circles from pigmentation problems, allergies, dermatitis or fatigue. Fortunately, there are ways to both prevent dark circles from forming and reduce their appearance if you already have them.

Elevate Your Head While Sleeping

You can lower your risk of having dark circles and puffiness by keeping your head elevated while you sleep. Doing this helps stop fluids from accumulating under your eyes. Keep in mind that making sure you get enough sleep also helps bags from forming under your eyes.

Eat the Right Foods for Healthy Skin

Including foods that keep your skin in good condition can help lower your risk of developing dark circles under your eyes. These foods and beverages, such as green tea, salmon and eggs, all have nutrients that help protect your skin cells and boost skin elasticity. Some of these nutrients include antioxidants that reduce inflammation and biotin that promotes healthy skin. Consuming these foods and beverages as part of your regular diet helps ensure that the skin under your eyes stay as healthy as possible.

Apply Sunscreen

Instead of using harsh eye creams that can irritate the skin under your eyes, use sunscreen instead. Sunscreen helps reduce the risk of having the pigmentation under your eyes become darker. You don’t need to apply a lot, but you should make a habit of putting it on.

Wear an Eye Mask

Having an eye mask on for about 15 minutes can provide you with short-term relief from dark circles under your eyes. Place the mask in the fridge to cool it; the coolness constricts your blood vessels, which minimizes the appearance of dark circles and swelling under your eyes.

Use Cucumber Slices

Placing slices of cucumber over your eyes is a quick and cost-effective way to reduce dark circles. When you have cucumber slices on your eyes, their coldness makes the blood vessels under your eyes constrict or shrink, which eases puffiness and darker coloring. Cucumber slices offer a fast way to treat dark circles but keep in mind that the effects don’t last long.

Aesthetic Treatments

If other measures aren’t effective at reducing dark circles under your eyes, you may benefit from undergoing an aesthetic treatment. Some of your options include Botox, Dysport and chemical peels. These types of treatments help make your skin tone even, which reduces dark circles under your eyes. Botox and Dysport affect muscle activity and help minimize fine lines and other signs of aging that can contribute to the appearance of dark circles. Chemical peels help give the skin under your eyes a more youthful appearance and a healthier look overall.

If you have questions or are interested in treatment for dark circles under your eyes, please contact New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation for an appointment today. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 718.301.5955 to learn more.

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