According to beauty and makeup educator Pam Smyrnios from The Masters Institute of Creative Education fatigue and late boozy nights are commonly thought to be the causes of dark circles under the eyes.
Pam says some other major contributing factors can be the following:
Thank you Mamma or Papa! Family history plays a big part in developing bags under your eyes. Usually visible in childhood, it usually worsens and becomes more visible as you age with other environmental factors also contributing.
Allergic reaction can sometimes cause dark circles to appear under the eyes. This is caused by your body producing a histamine reaction to whatever is attacking your body. With the skin being fragile around the eyes, the blood vessels dilate and become more visible just beneath your skin.
Lack of water under your eyes is commonly seen as dullness and darkness under the eyes. The toxins in your body flush out a lot slower with small amounts of water intake, so it becomes very visible around the eye area with lacklustre skin and dark rims.
Lack of sleep
When you don’t have a good night’s sleep you instantly see it in your face and particularly around the eye area. Darkness under the eyes becomes visible as the blood vessels dilate showing under the delicate skin. Puffiness can also be present with excess fluid in the area which can also come across as darkness with it causing shadows on the face.
Sun over exposure
Over exposure in the sun can cause excess melanin to be produced around the skin, especially around the eyes. Too much sun exposure can cause pigmentation to become quite visible under the eyes causing darkness.
The good news is, Pam has some tips and treatments to help get rid of bags under the eyes. Don’t be fooled however - permanently clearing dark circles under the eyes fast is no easy task.
Whilst beauty products and creams have a hit or miss result, making sure you do the following can put you on the road to getting great results:
1. Get a few extra zzz’s
Pam suggests getting extra sleep can work wonders especially under the delicate eye area!
2. Conceal that darkness
Pam says to invest in a good quality concealer to counteract the darkness under the eyes.
3. Eye treatments
Pam suggests purchasing some at home eye treatment patches for a great home remedy. “Simply put these on under your eyes for 15-20 mins whilst you are getting ready and help combat the darkness,” she says.
Pam says a great cosmetic injector has the magical touch of being able to inject a filler to conceal the darkness under the eye, making you feel youthful and more awake than you have felt in years!
5. Chemical peels
Pam recommends a series of peels can help lighten and tighten the skin and refresh the delicate eye area to look more youthful.
If all fails, see your doctor
And if you find none of this works, speak to your doctor as you may be deficient in certain vitamins or need to see a specialist.