Under the eyes is the very delicate skin on our body and especially the skin around it because it is the thinnest. There are many factors that lead to dark circles under the eyes – Lack of sleep, dehydration, drinking too much alcohol and not eating enough are all causes of the appearance of dark circles. Not only this, but genetics and aging also play a role.

There are a lot of products on the market that claim to fix or treat dark circles and puffiness but they don’t really work!!

Here are some tips for taking care of the skin under the eyes and dark circles courtesy of Shilpi Behl, Medi – Aesthetician and Facial Cosmetologist,

Co-Owner, Avana Healthcare

  • Drink lots of water, this will help reduce eye bags. Cold compress also has the effect of reducing eye circles quickly.
  • Apply tea bags (especially green tea) under your eyes to help fade dark circles and bags. The caffeine in tea is considered a very powerful antioxidant. Not only does it increase blood flow, but it also protects from harmful UV rays. This slows down the aging process.
  • Iron deficiency can also be the cause of dark circles and puffiness. Eating iron-rich foods and taking iron supplements can reduce dark circles.
  • Use Skin Brightening under eye creams or gels that contain ingredients like hydroquinone, Vit C, Kojic Acid, and Hyaluronic acid.
  • With the scorching heat of the sun every day, applying Sunscreen every day is inevitable! It provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Choose a sunscreen formula that has an SPF of 30 or higher and is water resistant.
  • If you often experience puffy eyes, elevate your head and add pillows. Elevation prevents the accumulation of body fluids under the eyes.
  • Most importantly – Get 8 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep can make your eyes feel tired and thus contribute to poor eye skin changes that lead to dark circles.
  • Loss of collagen can also be one of the reasons why you get dark circles under your eyes. Eating foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids promotes collagen production by increasing hyaluronic acid levels, which also results in healthier skin.
  • Some allergies can cause puffiness under the eyes and dark circles. If your puffiness is an allergic condition, as in some cases eye circles can be related to allergies, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor for an allergy medication.
  • Last but not least – limit your device time as artificial light dries out and loses moisture from the skin, resulting in collagen breakdown causing under-eye sockets to appear like dark circles
  • In-office treatments, such as peels, lasers, Microneedling, and fillers are also a good option to get rid of sunken eyes and dark circles.

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