Remedies For Dark Under Eye Circles
If you get plenty of sleep and still have dark circles under your eyes, that’s not unusual. Unfortunately, concealers and eye creams seldom tone down the shadowy effect of the dark or blue-black tints under your eyes. But, before you succumb to the next infomercial product, it’s important to know what is causing them. Here’s what you need to know about dark circles and some simple home remedies.
What Causes Dark Circles
Contrary to popular belief, dark circles are more than just the result of being tired. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and ability to regenerate, which makes dark circles more prominent no matter of how much sleep we get. The truth is that the blue or green tone is actually blood passing through the veins located just below the surface of the skin, and if that skin around the eyes is extremely thin, which can happen with age, or if the blood vessels are extremely close to the surface, it gives the appearance of darkness.
The reason veins often look blue is because your skin or subcutaneous tissue only lets blue/violet wavelengths of light pass through it. The color may not appear blue if a person has darker or lighter skin, which causes the veins to appear green or brown. On the other hand, people with extremely light skin, such as albinos, will typically have veins that show up as dark purple or dark red.
If anemia is responsible for the dark circles under your eyes, eat a protein-rich diet to increase the supply of oxygenated blood. Iron deficiencies hinder the supply of oxygen in body tissue and make the bluish veins more pronounced. Inadequate iron levels impair tissue production and slow the creation of new skin.
Here are some of the most common causes of true under-eye circles.