The skin around the eyes and eyelids is extremely thin and must be treated with the greatest of care. There are very few oil glands around the eyes, making the skin in that area dry and delicate.
As we age the skin around the eyes becomes much thinner and the blood supply to the area becomes more visible – this shows up as purplish-blue coloring around the eyes, especially below the eyes and is what we refer to a dark circles under the eyes.
Dark circles under the eyes can also appear in younger people and is due to a number of factors that can include insufficient sleep, allergies, sinus congestion or creams that are too heavy and block the pores (that’s why it’s important to select the right product for the eye area).
Dark circles under the eyes can also be a sign of poor elimination of waste (the lymphatic system) which causes a build up on toxins in the system, smoking, or a diet with too much sugar or salt. In some people, however, dark circles under the eyes is due to the distribution of pigmentation in the skin, specifically under the eyes – some ethic skin types (IV, V and VI) in the Fitzpatrick Scale may inherit darker pigmentation under the eye area. Other causes of dark circles can be attributed to iron or other vitamin deficiencies, sickness, hyperpigmentation, visible blood vessels due to fast loss, which causes a dark, sunken look.
Two Top Picks for Treating Dark Circles
For many people, a cold compress of cucumbers or tea bags and a healthier lifestyle helps reduce the appearance of under eye circles. For others, a dab of concealer is all they need to hide any sign of dark circles and shadows.
Then there is a wide range of over-the-counter products available. They all claim to diminish dark circles under the eyes and restore that youthful look, but not all are effective, and some are expensive. Results are rarely immediate, and in some cases, results may take as long as 8 weeks.
So how do you choose a product that works? The answer, do your homework.
According to the Under Eye Treatment Center, a site created to help consumers find cosmetic products that are both safe and effective, the most effective product for treating dark circles is Deravera. In their tests, they found that Deravera:
- Diminishes Dark Circles by up to 77.8%
- Increase firmness and decreases bags by up to 64%
- Show results in less than one month!
- Increases circulation under the eyes.
In their review of the product, Under Eye Treatment Center also stated that “based on the strength and safety of the ingredient used in Deravera, as well as the clinical results to back up the manufacturer’s claims, we strongly believe that Deravera is the most effective, non-prescription solution for dark circles, puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles.”
Another product rated ‘the best cream for dark circles’ by DarkEyeCircle.org is Veralyze. According to DarkEyeCircle.org, Veralyze is “the kind of cream that will feed your skin with antioxidants and peptides, protecting your skin from damage while stimulating the production of collagen in your skin. Veralyze is an advanced dark circle formula that will not only help reduce the appearance of dark circles but it will also help to eliminate crow’s feet and wrinkles around your eyes, giving you a more youthful shine to the windows of your soul.”