Have you been noticing dark circles appearing under your eyes? Although they don’t pose any sort of health risk, dark circles can make a person look tired and older, making it no surprise that you want them gone ASAP.
Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to do just that. Read on as Vine Vera explains why your dark circles have developed in the first place, along with different effective ways in which you can reduce their appearance.
What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
People often blame dark circles on a lack of sleep, and while this may be one of the causes, it’s not the main one.
For many people, particularly those of Asian or African descent, dark circles are often hereditary. Lower eyelid skin is thinner, meaning that the veins that lie beneath the skin are more visible, resulting in dark circles.
Allergies are also a big contributing factor. This dilates the veins underneath the eyes, making the area look much darker.
Aging is to blame as well, as is eye strain. Of course, in many cases, dark circles appear due to a combination of different factors, making them seem even harder to eradicate.
How to Banish the Appearance of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
So, what can you do to diminish the appearance of your dark circles?
Here are some steps that you can take:
Use an Eye Serum That Lightens the Look of Dark Circles
One of the best ways to lighten the look of dark circles is to use an eye serum that has been designed to do just that. Eye creams work well too, but eye serums are designed to delve deeper into the skin. This usually means that they’re able to produce results much faster.
One product that does this extremely well is the Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet High-Potency Eye Serum. It contains a few different ingredients that can help with the appearance of dark circles, one of them being licorice root extract. If your dark circles are caused by hyperpigmentation, then you’ll love how licorice root extract has been proven to fade the look of discoloration to even out the complexion.
This formula also contains vitamin C. This antioxidant is revered for how it can lighten the visibility of dark patches on the skin while brightening the overall complexion. It works even more impressively when combined with other antioxidants, which this serum provides in the form of golden seal root extract, purple coneflower extract, and sage leaf extract.
For best results, you’ll need to use your new eye serum daily. This way, the ingredients will be able to accumulate in your skin over time and really make a difference.
Lay Chilled Tea Bags Over Your Eyes
If your dark circles are accompanied by puffiness and swelling, then constricting the appearance of the blood vessels beneath should help to make all of your eye area issues less noticeable. A cold compress does this well, but you can double up on your results by using tea bags as your cold compress.
Why tea bags? Because they contain caffeine and plenty of antioxidants. These will help to de-puff and brighten your complexion. Black tea works well, but green tea can often be the better option due to how it’s also able to keep the skin feeling protected against environmental damage. It contains a selection of powerful antioxidants and phenolic compounds that other types of tea lack.
Simply soak two tea bags in hot water for five minutes, before placing them in the fridge for 20 minutes. Once they’re fully chilled, lay them over your eye area for 10-20 minutes. Once you’re done, give your eye area a rinse and follow up with your favorite Vine Vera eye serum.
If all of that sounds like too much hassle, then skip the tea bags and look for an eye serum that contains green tea extract instead, such as Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Age Defying Eye Serum. Store your serum in the fridge so that it feels cool on your skin when you apply it. It may not be a traditional cold compress, but it will work just as well at giving your skin a blast of a cool temperature.
Keep Your Eye Area Hydrated
Dark circles are extremely common in dehydrated skin. The lack of hydration leads to a dull complexion, with the eye area looking sunken and dark.
Drinking more water is a must, as is increasing your intake of water-rich foods. However, it will take a while for this to filter through to your skin. So, you should also be using the right topical products to ensure that your skin remains adequately hydrated.
A hydrating eye cream would be a good move. However, if you don’t want to invest in yet another eye care product, you could also just use a hydrating face cream that’s safe for the eye area, like the Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet High Potency Moisture Day Cream. Infused with shea butter, glycerin, and vitamin E, this moisturizer will quench thirsty skin cells all over your face.
It’s also worth noting that this cream contains niacinamide. Research shows that niacinamide can significantly decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation, making it a great ingredient to use on dark circles.
Use Products That Will Thicken the Feel of Your Skin
As we mentioned earlier, dark circles can often be caused by the aging process. As the skin ages, collagen and elastin production decline. This leads to the skin thinning out, which means that the blood vessels underneath become much more visible.
While skin aging may be inevitable to an extent, there are plenty of products out there that can reduce the visibility of aging while thickening the look of the skin.
Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Cabernet 60-Second Eye Solution is a great example. This formula has been crafted specifically to diminish the look of aging around the eyes, and so it contains a powerful blend of ingredients that enable it to do just that. Between acetyl hexapeptide-8, sodium hyaluronate, and resveratrol, your skin will immediately look thicker and brighter as soon as you’ve applied this specialized product.
Vitamin C is another ingredient revered for how it can thicken the feel of the skin. It also helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a great ingredient for dealing with both dark circles as well as skin aging.
Treat yourself to Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Vitamin C Serum and you’ll be able to benefit from two different forms of the antioxidant. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin E, and resveratrol, all of which can also help to fade the look of discolored skin and counter the visible signs of skin aging.
Be Gentle With Your Eye Area
Do you scrub at your face when exfoliating it or tug at your skin when removing makeup? If so, these habits could be making your dark circles even worse.
How? Because being rough with your skin weakens your capillaries, therefore accelerating the skin aging process. This then means that your skin will thin out at a much faster rate, making dark circles look more obvious.
Of course, in addition to being gentle with your skin in a physical sense, you should also be mindful of the topical ingredients that you’re applying to your eye area. Some skincare products, particularly cleansers, are notorious for how they slowly strip away the skin’s protective barrier, once again accelerating skin aging.
So, as much as possible, use gentle products around your eyes. If your cleanser contains harsh sulfates, swap it for a formula that uses milder surfactants, such as Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Cabernet Mousse Cleanser. This cleanser also boasts amino acids, niacinamide, and resveratrol to strengthen and thicken the feel of the skin.
A gentle exfoliant is essential too. Avoid harsh face scrubs as these will just tear and tug at your skin. Instead, consider the Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Peeling. We’ve already raved about the benefits of vitamin C, and this exfoliant contains plenty of it. It also makes use of mandelic acid to gently exfoliate the skin without causing any damage.
Protect Your Eye Area From UV Damage
The sun can contribute to dark circles in a couple of different ways.
Firstly, whenever your skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays, it ramps up melanin production. Too much sun exposure causes it to produce too much melanin, resulting in hyperpigmentation and dark circles.
UV rays also drastically speed up the aging process, which thins the skin and causes dark circles. In fact, UV rays are the main culprit behind skin aging. Protect your skin from the sun and you’ll be able to keep it looking youthful for so much longer.
One way to do this is with the Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet Replenishing Moisture Cream SPF 30. It’s a two-in-one product, acting as both a moisturizer and a sunscreen. As a result, in addition to protecting your skin from sun damage, it also contains vitamins and antioxidants to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and skin aging. This means that not only will it prevent the appearance of your dark circles from turning even darker, but it will also lighten the look of the dark circles that you’re currently dealing with.
While SPF is so important when it comes to preventing sun damage, don’t rely on this alone. Pair a good sunscreen with other UV-blocking measures, such as wearing sun-protecting accessories. A pair of large sunglasses coupled with a wide-brimmed hat can really help to shield the eye area from UV rays. They form a physical barrier that UV rays will struggle to penetrate through. And, even if they do manage, your sunscreen will be lying underneath to ensure that your skin remains fully protected!
For some people, the appearance of dark circles is a temporary issue that can be banished with the right lifestyle choices and skincare products. However, for others, it can be genetic, meaning that lightening the look of dark circles can take a while. Either way, consistently follow the tips above and you’ll be on the right track to banishing the visibility of your dark circles for good!