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Diminish Pesky Under-Eye Circles

Do you have pesky, under-eye circles? Do they make you look like you need to stay home and take a nap? Don't let those dark circles ruin your look. With a little persistence, you may be able to improve or reduce dark under-eye circles.

For a temporary fix, you can cover dark circles with makeup, but lightening or getting rid of them will take a bit more effort. Before trying to hide them by slathering on under-eye concealer, you should consider what's causing your dark circles. The most obvious culprit is a lack of sleep, but that's not always the problem. Other triggers could be:

  • Aging: the skin thins and fatty deposits become depleted, causing dark veins and capillaries to show more prominently
  • Allergies to environmental irritants, cosmetic products, or foods
  • Build-up of fluid under the eyes from nasal congestion as a result of allergies or colds
  • Inherited pigmentation irregularities, or skin darkened by too much sun exposure
  • Too much caffeine
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition

Figuring out the cause of dark circles is a process of elimination. Start by getting plenty of rest and good nutrition. Then, look for potential allergens and eliminate them from your environment. Try an old-fashioned remedy like applying cool cucumbers or wet teabags to your eyes. Even if it doesn't work it will feel refreshing.

Try one of the over-the-counter creams or gels that claim to lighten dark circles by reducing pigmentation and stimulating circulation. If your under-eye circles persist for longer than a week, you should consult your doctor to make sure there are no underlying health conditions you should be aware of.