If you’ve ever held a job with even the most minuscule amount of stress (which is everybody) for an extra period of time, you’re well aware of the phenomenon known as dark circles under the eyes or under-eye baggage.
Before you rethink every career decision you have ever made that led you to them, dark circles or bags under the eyes may very well be inherited.
“The under eye area is one of the thinner areas and is easily neglected in basic skin care,” says New York cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank. “There is a strong genetic component to dark circles, which is out of people’s control.”
For some people – yes, men get them too – the circles are caused by an increase in pigment in the area.
You may not even remember when they first appeared because it happened so gradually, or maybe you woke up one morning and there they suddenly were. Whenever you first noticed them, you vowed to get rid of them to no avail.
A few dermatologists were enlisted by Allure Magazine to help sufferers of under-eye dark circles get rid of the bags in affordable ways. Check them out below:
“Caffeinated tea, which contains natural tannins, is a mild diuretic and long used by grandmothers and runway models for reducing eye puffiness. Soak two tea bags in warm water, then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes, and your eyes will feel fresh and look brighter,” says Karen Hammerman, a dermatologist in New York City, told Allure.
Use A Retinoid
For years, retinoids have been used for a number of reasons around the eye region.
“With repeated use, retinol can stimulate production of collagen, making the skin less thin and improving the dark circles. They are easy to find at the drugstore,” says Rachel Nazarian, a New York City dermatologist. “Retinoids help rebuild dermal collagen and thereby contribute to vascular support in the area and the recovery of skin volume and firmness,” dermatologist Patricia Ceballos added.
Sleep On Your Back
Training yourself to sleep on your back may be difficult and take some getting used to. Several dermatologists suggested using an extra pillow as well.
“If dark, puffy [bags under your eyes] seem to be the morning problem, consider sleeping on your back with an extra pillow so that fluid doesn’t pool overnight. Keeping your pillow protected from allergens (dust and dust mites) with a protective encasement can also help when allergies are the culprit,” La Grange Park, IL dermatologist Rebecca Tung said.
Take An Antihistamine
“Most people have darkness under the eyes due to allergies and don’t realize it. An antihistamine helps clear that up; I like to take a Zyrtec at night,” Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist in West Islip, New York, told Allure.
If your dark circles are attributed to an increased pigment, use lightening products and sunscreen.
“Sometimes dark circles are caused by increased pigment, either from rubbing or from sun damage,” Nazarian said. “The best treatment for this includes topical lightening agents such as vitamin C, kojic acid, and licorice extract. These ingredients help decrease skin pigmentation over time, ultimately resulting in lightening of the dark circles.”
Sunscreen is a must!
“Invest in a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide,” Tung added.