Did you know that it takes someone just seven seconds to form a solid first impression of a stranger and even less time to start judging their perceived traits? Unfortunately, over time, we all tend to have a habit of gathering information that supports that first impression. It’s no wonder then that so many of us seek out easy treatments or quick fixes to ensure we’re looking our best day in and day out, particularly when it comes to our eyes. Eye contact occurs with every first meeting, and oftentimes it’s the area around our eyes that give us away, revealing a lack of sleep with dull skin, dark circles, or an aged and fatigued appearance—all of which may not form the best first impression.
If you’re one of the 72% of Americans concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, and aging eyes, get ready to say so long to those dark under-eye circles with these tips for dealing with them, revealing a younger, more rejuvenated appearance that encourages trust, confidence, and a positive first impression.
There are a few reasons you might see some dark shadows under your eyes. Determining the cause can help to better narrow in on the treatment that’s right for you, which leads us into the first step to brighter eyes.
While we could launch into dozens of reasons why you may be seeing those pesky dark undereye circles, it typically boils down to five potential causes:
How can you determine which might be the cause that applies to you? Start by gently stretching the skin under your eye with your pointer and middle fingers, lightly pulling the skin downward and outward toward the outer corner of the eye. As you pull and the skin tightens, observe how the color of the skin changes, if at all. If the dark circles appear to fade, they’re likely shadows caused by a loss of volume or dull, dehydrated skin. If they deepen in color when stretched, thinning skin is the likely cause, as the darkness showing through is the appearance of blood vessels under the skin’s surface. Finally, if the dark circles don’t change in color, they are likely a result of pigmentation in the skin, which generally refers to a heavier concentration of melanin or more pronounced blood vessels, both of which may be a result of prolonged sun exposure in this sensitive skin area.
For some, a quick fix may be all that is needed or it might just be the next step to reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes prior to finding the right aesthetic treatment for you. Depending on the cause, you may consider one of the following four quick fixes:
For those looking for a longer-term fix that doesn’t require regular makeup applications or a schedule overhaul, there are a couple long-term aesthetic treatments for dark circles that you may consider.
The first option may be hyaluronic acid injections. A better fit for thinning skin or a loss of volume leading to dark circles under the eyes, hyaluronic acid is thoughtfully injected to plump skin and eliminate or minimize the appearance of dark circles. In some instances, minor bruising may occur as a result of these injections. While results are instant, they will only last up to an estimated nine months before requiring repeat injections.
For those experiencing darker circles under the eyes from skin laxity, customized radio frequency-based wrinkle reduction treatments may be the best bet for longer-term results. These wrinkle reduction treatments work by delivering RF energy deep below the skin’s surface, where it helps to stimulate your body's natural production of collagen and elastin fibers, the two main building blocks of firm, smooth, healthy skin. Following your custom wrinkle reduction treatment plan, skin under the eyes will appear smoother and firmer, reducing the appearance of dark circles in the process for brighter, younger-looking eyes.
Finally, depending on the location of pigmentation in relation to the eye, photofacial treatments utilizing Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology may be an option for dark circles resulting from pigmentation or visible blood vessels. These treatments utilize targeted IPL energy to target melanin pigmentation and visible blood vessels for a brighter, refreshed, and more even-toned appearance. Of course, safety comes first, so it’s best to reach out to a certified treatment provider to ensure this may be a potential option for addressing your aesthetic concerns, which leads us to the final step…
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