If you have dark circles under eyes, this may be indicative of a problem that is long-term, rather than a temporary issue. Some people tend to be more likely to get dark circles, and they usually become more noticeable as you age. Your skin in the eye area will become thinner as you age, exposing the blood vessels that lie just under the skin.
Dark circles are brought on by a lessening of the volume in areas closest to the eyes. This exposes your orbital bone, and will create a hollow under your eye, that looks like a dark circle. These signs of aging may not even wait until later years to appear. This is due to the delicate skin near your eyes.
Makeup is helpful in hiding dark circles under eyes. Hiding them using concealer is also not difficult. Choose a concealer that works well with the natural color of your skin. If the dark circles are just mild-looking, a liquid concealer may be able to help. If your shadows are more prominent, you may wish to use a cake concealer, or one in cream form. Pat it on from the eye’s inner corner, to the area that is just beyond the outer corner of the eye.
Sunscreen can be quite helpful, especially in the areas around the eyes, and you may keep this in mind, before you consider surgery for your dark circles. Smokers may see less weakening of the collagen in the area if they stop smoking.
Applying a moisturizer around your eye area is also helpful. This hydrates the skin in this area. Prescription vitamin A creams may also be helpful in improving the look of lines and wrinkles, and the hollows underneath the eyes.
If you have puffy eyes in addition to dark circles, you may opt to use slices of cucumber, cool spoons or chilled tea bags on the skin under your eyes. The coolness can help in swelling reduction. Retinol eye cream is recommended by quite a few dermatologists, as well. Eye creams that contain caffeine may also help, since the caffeine helps in constricting the blood vessels under the circles.
Other options may also be helpful in countering dark circles under eyes. Pulse light or laser treatments may destroy darker pigmented cells, and help in smoothing the skin. If you have skin that is even thinner than most other people, those methods will probably not meet with much success.
Some people with dark circles have hyaluronic filler injected under the eyes. These fillers can give you a look that is more youthful, since they can correct the contours of the eye sockets. You can have fillers injected deep under the muscle or use a treatment that will puff your skin up a bit.
Dermatologists sometimes use other types of injections when they use fillers. Dusport or Botox may help in smoothing wrinkles and erasing crow’s feet, to give you a look that is younger-looking, overall. If you want to go even further, you may have eyelid surgery, where a surgeon repositions fat or adds fatty grafts that will help you get rid of the hollows that cause the darker circles. Afterwards, lasers can firm up the looser skin, to help you effectively get rid of dark circles under eyes.