9 Ways to Improve the Look of Under-Eye Circles
February 2, 2018
What's really to blame for under-eye darkness? Genetics often play a role in discoloration, notes dermatologist Rebecca Baxt, MD. If your parents both have hyperpigmentation in the area, you could, too. According to dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD, aging can also cause volume depletion under the eyes, resulting in hollowed-out shadows. Some people, especially those with thin, pale skin, have superficial blood vessels, which results in a reddish-purple hue showing through. Allergies are also a big culprit, and frequent eye rubbing can cause thickening and darkening in the area. And, of course, the obvious issue: sleep or lack thereof. Celebrity cosmetic dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD also notes that your sleeping habits can affect the appearance of dark circles.
Don't fret, targeting under-eye circles is easier than you think. Here, top dermatologists weigh in on the best ways to brighten under-eye darkness, from topical solutions to high tech treatments.
If you’re in the need of a quick fix, grab a under eye patch or face mask! “The intense hydration delivered through a patch can help smoothen fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the overall appearance of tired eyes,” says Dr. Idriss. Idriss recommends applying the mask when it's cold for an even more dramatic effect.
We also asked for the doctor's orders. “My go-to personal favorite for this is Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Hydrating Mask,” says Idriss. “In addition, if puffiness is the my issue-du-jour, then I look for patches with caffeine to help reduce overall blood flow and inflammation to the area, such as Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels.”
Eye Revive FlashPatch 5 minute Hydrogels, $15, nordstrom.com