What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?
Those embarrassing dark circles sitting under your eyes can give people the wrong impression about you. That maybe you stayed up too late the night before, had too much to drink, not enough sleep, or don’t get enough vitamins.
What most may not know, however, is that you have very little control over those dark circles. The reason they look like bruises is because that is essentially what they are: bruises under your eyes. What happens when you trip on your high heel and land on your leg? You most likely get a bruise from broken blood vessels.
Under Eye Bruises
Well consider those dark circles under your eyes the same way, not that you tripped and landed on your face, but that there are several tiny little blood vessels under your eyes called capillaries. Red blood cells traveling through your body sometimes get lost or escape from these tiny vessels. Since the capillaries right under your eyes are some of the smallest in your body, it’s easy for red blood cells to escape.
The real downfall is that the skin right under the eyes is the thinnest and most translucent of your body. When you combine these two factors, your body gives you those lovely bruise-like under eyes.
Solutions to the Problem
Eye creams exist out there to help aid these dark spots. One of the best things you can do for your eyes is to increase the collagen level in your skin. Improved collagen helps thicken the skin, which makes it harder to see those pesky shadows. Look for eye creams which contain:
1. Vitamin K- Helps to make the capillaries nearest to the surface of the skin smaller, making them less visible. It also helps prevent the pool of blood, which helps erase the dark circles, making them less visible.
2. Vitamin C- Soothes the skin and decreases the amount of loose red blood cells roaming around freely.
3. Hyaluronic acid- Naturally produced by the body it’s mostly found in the skin. Younger people tend to have more hyaluronic acid in their skin, as production decreases with age. It moisturizes the collagen in the skin and gives it a younger and more firm appearance, and decreases the look of dark circles.
4. Peptides- Help your skin heal by adding peptides to your skin. Peptides, in many different forms, help the layers in your skin heal. They also help decrease the leakage of blood vessels to help prevent the dark circles from even forming.