- Although most often thought to be caused by stress or fatigue, dark circles under the eyes can also be attributed to dehydration, water retention, nasal congestion and allergies.
- Aging also plays a role, as skin thins, gets more delicate and collagen is lost over time.
- Dark circles can be the result of genetics or lifestyle factors, including smoking, alcohol and caffeine.
- Although not serious on their own, under-eye circles can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical issue including eczema or anemia.
- After using an eye-specific treatment, under eye circles can be camouflaged with a yellow or peach-toned concealer set with a light dusting of translucent powder.
Key ingredient to look for
Soothing and regenerating, arnica has a high concentration of flavonoids, vitamins and glycosides to improve circulation, relieve puffiness, soothe, hydrate and protect.
Harakeke (New Zealand flax)
Long used as a soothing agent, this antiseptic gel calms and hydrates. Its healing properties are also used on everything from cuts to burns.
- Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and avoid consuming too much salt.
- Cold compresses or cool cucumber slices placed on eyes can temporarily reduce dilated and discolored under-eye blood vessels.
- Antioxidants found in foods such as blueberries, pomegranates and green tea, may help strengthen blood vessels.
- Also try taking a dietary supplement high in antioxidants such as the Intelligent Nutrients Intellimune Oil