Did you know that dark circles are not caused by a lack of sleep but by blood that pools in the vessels that lie close to the skin’s surface? They can also arise when fat bulges out: light cannot be reflected properly, casting a shadow under the eye. Additionally, sun exposure can aggravate under-eye darkness by boosting melanin production, as can allergies since they cause the veins to become congested and enlarged. A lack of sleep, as well as dehydration, can emphasize dark under-eye circles, but nine times out of 10, sleep is not the culprit.
Preventing dark circles is not always easy but loading up on vitamin K has been shown to be a worthwhile option. Some under-eye darkness is genetic and related to inherently thin skin. The thinner the skin is under the eye, the more pigmentation shows through. Loading up on vitamin K, both internally and with topical products, is a good option since it strengthens and clots blood vessels to stop the pooling that causes the darkness. Additionally, excessive sun exposure intensifies dark circles, so always wear an SPF formulated for the eye area and always protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses.
So how do you rid dark circles? If they are the result of excess fat, hyaluronic acid fillers are a good way to counteract dark circles. But for the most dramatic difference, lower eyelid surgery should be performed. Once the protruding fat bag is tightened or removed, there is no puffy area to create a shadow, helping to diminish the dark circles.
Would you consider lower eyelid surgery to help the appearance of dark circles?
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