Our beauty and wellness Q&A’s bring together some of the most frequently raised concerns on skin and hair care. In this edition, we bring you an FAQ on under eye dark circles.
Dark circles that appear under the eyes plague men and women equally. They give your eyes a dull and tired look, and are often the first thing that people notice on your face. While dark circles do not pose health concerns as such, they often meddle with your appearance and confidence. Here is what you need to know about under eye circles, and how to keep them under control.
Q: Is aging the only reason behind dark circles?
A: Under eye circles sure appear with age, but that isn’t the only reason you get those dark patches. Hyper pigmentation resulting from sun exposure, genetics, hormonal changes, stress, fatigue, lack of proper or sound sleep, allergies, smoking, and excessive consumption of alcohol are also known to cause under eye circles.
Q: Does regular use of makeup cause dark circles?
A: Makeup as such may not be a culprit, but using wrong products or those that are not meant for use around the eye area can cause dark circles. For instance, many skin care products and cosmetics come with a warning that they are not be used around the eyes. This is because the skin around your eyes is far more delicate and sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face. If you ignore the warning and use the product, you could possibly end up with irritated skin that turns red, dark, or inflamed. Also, leaving on eye makeup during the night, or removing it through improper means can result in dark circles. Rubbing your eyes is a bad idea. A better way to get rid of kajal, eyeliner, mascara, and other traces is by using a gentle makeup remover made especially for the under eye area.
Q: How can I get rid of under eye circles?
A: Eye creams and under eye serums are one of the most used products for treating dark circles. Dermatologists suggest using creams formulated with retinoid as this is known to fade pigments, increase collagen production, and make dark circles less noticeable. Those with skin brightening properties and ingredients are also recommended. However, check for eye creams, gels, and serums that are dermatologically or ophthalmologically tested to ensure safe and sensitivity-free results.
Q: Are there any quick fixes?
A: As with other skin condition, under eye circles too heal over time. Some quick home remedies like chilled cucumber slices or rose water can brighten up your eyes and keep them fresh for a few hours. These tricks help if you need to step out for a meeting or a party, and need to rejuvenate dull and tired eyes. If you have light skin or are plagued by extreme dark circles, a concealer is a must-have makeup product in your vanity bag. Opt for a colour correcting concealer, or a product that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Also ensure that the concealer is safe for use around the eye area.
Q: Do lifestyle changes help?
A: Leading a healthy lifestyle definitely paves for a healthy and brighter looking skin. Reduce your consumption of alcohol and tobacco, or quit it altogether if possible. Keep your eyes protected when stepping out in the sun – good quality sunglasses are must have in this regard. Quality and uninterrupted sleep too is necessary if you want to keep those under eye circles at bay.
Dark circles caused by genetic factors, allergies, or hormonal changes are best treated with medical help. It is advisable to consult a doctor if you are plagued by stubborn dark circles. You can also write to us with your queries, at email@example.com