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A night or two spent too long at the office or binge-watching Netflix is a surefire way to wake up the next day with the dreaded panda-eyes, but if you are getting enough sleep and are still waking up to dark, puffy eyes, it’s time to identify other potential culprits!
Here are 7 surprising reasons why those circles just won’t budge despite how many packs of eye masks you’ve been going through.
Your parents might be to blame if you suffer from stubborn dark circles. There are certain hereditary conditions that run in families that lead to darkness under the eyes, alongside other common issues like large pores, a predisposition to weight gain and early onset hair loss. The struggle is definitely real, as no amount of sleep will make a difference! If applying concealer daily is becoming too much of a hassle, make a trip to the dermatologist and see if you are suitable for laser treatments to reduce the pigmentation.
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If your dark circles popped up during periods where you’ve been drinking more than usual, then you can definitely blame it on the booze. Alcohol, as you know, is dehydrating, and effects the blood circulation in your body which causes the dreaded puffiness the next day. Plus, if you’re out drinking, it is likely you’ve been staying up late, which definitely won’t help! To test, gently press your finger on your eye bags: if the darkened skin momentarily brightens up, then it is likely that poor circulation/water retention is to blame. Cut back on the booze, drink plenty of water and apply an eye mask (or 10) and you should be just fine.
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Are you removing your eye make up perhaps a little too roughly? The skin under the eyes are especially delicate, which means it is more prone to bruising. When you rub too hard, it increases the risk of swelling, inflammation and broken blood vessels, which gives the appearance of under eye circles. Avoid this by using an oil-based make up remover, and rub super gently. If you’re pulling out eyelashes, it’s a good sign that you’re going too hard!
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Even though it gives life, the sun is a major factor when it comes to troubled skin. From acne to dark spots and to dark circles, skipping the sunblock is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. You see, eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body, so any sun damage tends to show up quickly in this area in the form of dilating and increased blood flow, which causes a dark “glow” to come through the skin. If your skin is sensitive, opt for specific under-eye SPF protection creams as normal sunscreen can be too heavy for this delicate area.
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Smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers – for those of trying to make it in this modern world, we literally cannot live without gadgets! Unfortunately, excessive screen time can put lots of stress on the blood vessels around your eyes, which forces them to work harder. When these blood vessels dilate, the skin around them tends to look darker. We understand that you can’t avoid them completely, so if your job requires you to spend long hours in front of a computer, make it a habit to take short breaks by looking at a faraway object or something green. At night, try to avoid using your phone or tablet in a dark room as this further strains your eyes.
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If your dark circles are accompanied by other typical allergy symptoms, like a leaking nose, itching and hives, then allergies might be the culprit. They cause your body to release histamines that can cause blood vessels to dilate, which leads to the appearance of dark circles. Also, if your symptoms include irritated eyes and excessive tearing, you might be rubbing/dabbing them with tissue in a bid for some relief. These actions around your delicate eye area increases inflammation, swelling and broken blood vessels, further aggravating the situation. Take antihistamines to reduce swelling, and try a cold compress over your eyes to reduce redness.
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We turn to make up to cover up our dark circles, but did you know that by using the wrong product, it can actually aggravate the situation? Products that you are allergic or sensitive to can irritate your skin and make the appearance of your dark circles look worse. If you’ve ruled out the reason above, then try swapping out the products you use around your eyes like your concealer, mascara or powder.
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