Treating Dark Circles From Home: Esthetician's Tips

Sep. 19, 2020
Almost all of us have shifted our day to day lives because of the pandemic. We have altered our work and social lives, our sleep schedules, and our beauty routines. And let’s not even get started on how wearing masks every day is affecting our skin!
Many people are noticing the change of schedule affecting their sleep. But lack of sleep isn’t the only cause of dark circles. Some common causes include:
  • Allergies
  • Collagen loss
  • Bone structure
  • Dehydration
  • Genetics
  • Anemia
  • Smoking
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Sleep posture
  • Alcohol intake
*Note that some of the causes above may only be treated by a healthcare professional.
We’re going to discuss some treatments you can do from home to help brighten the under-eye area. It’s important to identify what's causing your dark circles before starting a treatment. It is wise to do your research or schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or licensed esthetician if you believe you need professional help or are unsure what your cause is. And fear not; there are many options nowadays for virtual consultations and appointments!
Vitamin K
Vitamin K is naturally found in the body and is a key factor in healing processes. Blood clotting is important for preventing blood loss after injury, and internally, vitamin K helps to allow blood to remain where it should be and prevents it from consistently pooling at an injury site (without it, you’d still have every bruise you’ve ever had!) Vitamin K is also a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Several studies have been done to test the efficacy of vitamin K applied topically for dark under-eye circles with positive results. Vitamin K helps dark, bruise-like shadows under the eyes by keeping veins functioning properly under the skin. I love this vitamin K serum because it reduces discoloration all over the face, as well as around the preorbital bone.

Sanitas Vita K Serum $27 USD

*Pro Tip: A vitamin C serum or eye cream also works as an antioxidant with brightening properties.
Peptide Eye Cream
Peptides are amino acids that help build collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen loss accentuates dark circles because of the translucency it gives the skin due to thinning. Incorporating an eye cream with peptide chains will help restore the density of your under-eye area and in turn diminish the darkness underneath your eyes. Peptides are also amazing for wrinkles around the eyes! 
*Pro Tip: You can use an eye cream that has peptides in it on fine lines around your mouth or in between your eyebrows!
Cool Compress
I’m sure you’ve heard of the spoon-in-the-freezer trick, where you put cool spoons over your eyes to reduce puffiness in the morning. The way cold spoons help puffiness can help with dark circles too! Cool temperatures help to reduce the appearance of prominent blood vessels. This means that the bluish-purple tint of your dark circles will lessen, and the fluid that gathers while you sleep will diminish and reduce swelling. I LOVE this gel mask that you can keep in the freezer and pop on when you need it.

Earth Therapeutics Gel Bead Sleep Mask ~$9 USD

Better Sleep
This may seem obvious, but it can be difficult to get a good night's rest all the time. Having a nighttime routine that you enjoy helps you stick to it. For me, it’s aromatherapy (lavender for the win!), reading, playing the piano, and of course, my nighttime skincare routine. Having a routine that you do every night in the hours leading to bedtime begins to train your body and mind to prepare for sleep. It can also be helpful to try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day (yes, even on the weekends.) This helps your body know when it’s time to sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed, and your under-eyes can remain bright!
Final Thoughts
There are many, many other methods that have had good results for dark circles, so remember that one size does not fit all when it comes to skincare. Things like adding an extra pillow under your head at night to reduce fluid retention under the eyes, reducing alcohol and tobacco consumption, and increasing water intake can all help brighten the under-eye area. Many times, dark circles are hereditary or caused by bone structure, but they can sometimes be treated by a doctor. As always, following a good skincare routine is step 1. It’s vital to keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, especially the skin under your eyes!
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