What are Dark Circles?
Dark circles are usually a darkness that forms under or around the eye area as we age. It’s typically known as a blue or purple color which is created in the natural aging cycle.
As we get older, the skin around our eyes gets thinner. This is one of the most common areas of the skin to see the aging signs the earliest. The translucent color comes from the underlying veins that become more visible due to thinner skin.
The most common causes of dark circles around the eyes are due to genetics and skin tone. If your family line has more prominent “tear troughs,” or a nasojugal groove, this can create further shadowing and dark circles to become apparent.
A major lifestyle habit or circumstance that can attribute to dark circles and accelerate their formation is lack of sleep. Getting a proper amount of sleep each night has always been ingrained into our brains in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. Responsibilities such as family, chores, work, and so on can make this difficult at times.
Although, maintaining a healthy sleep cycle may be detrimental to avoiding dark circles. When you lack proper rest, fluid builds up around the eyes which creates pooled blood in the superficial blood vessels, contributing to the dark shadows.
Thankfully, in today’s age of skincare treatments, there are several remedies to help prevent, care for, and potentially dissipate the effects of dark circles around the eyes.
Multiple creams and serums that contain hylauronic acid, ceramides, and peptides have been shown to be effective at treating these shadows. These ingredients in particular help to hydrate the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production, which decreases as we age and are exposed to free radicals.
While not able to fully treat or get rid of dark circles, topical retinoids may be able to help lighten the appearance of them. Retinoids are often used due to their ability to work faster than other treatments, especially when it comes to reducing aging fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re searching for faster results, retinoids may be a great resource to try.
Fillers may be beneficial for dark circles, but these are not as widely available for everyone, as they can get expensive. They are typically priced per syringe, ranging anywhere from $1,000-$4,000 each. While a bit on the more expensive side, the effects last for one and a half to five years, so if you have the savings, it could be worth it to not worry for a few years about hindering the appearance of your dark circles.
Laser procedures are an alternative to fillers, and are potentially cheaper as well. These range $300-$500 per treatment, but keep in mind, they may require at least two to three sessions before seeing desired results. They often do require annual maintenance, so depending on personal preference, these could rise up in cost, limiting the ability to stretch your wallet further for other treatment options.
It’s important to keep in mind that, depending on the individual’s skin, laser procedures may cause hyperpigmentation. Everyone can react differently to theses treatments, so it’s beneficial to consult with a medical professional before seeking out laser sessions.