There are a variety of reasons people have under-eye circles, regardless of age. So whether you decide to rock them proudly or prefer to reduce their appearance with the best concealers for dark circles, read on for more information about the most common causes, treatments, and the best products to use to brighten the skin around your eyes.
To learn more about what causes dark circles and how to treat them, I got in touch with Dr. Todd Minars, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and owner of Minars Dermatology in Hollywood, Florida. Primarily, people experience dark under-eye circles for three reasons: visible blood vessels, excess pigment, and hollowness due to a deep tear trough, Dr. Minars explains. “An easy way to test for blood vessels being too close to the surface of your skin is by applying pressure to the circle or shadowed region. If it disappears, kind of like when you press on a sunburn and the skin turns white, your primary reason for the circles are blood vessels,” he says. “If the color doesn't dissipate then you know the darkness is caused by excess pigment, which is just how some humans are. The skin around our eyes is very thin, so any excess pigments become more noticeably visible. Lastly, if the dark color forms from the inside corner of your eye, where your tear duct is and tears would flow from if you're crying, it's simply because of the trough being too deep. This can be hereditary and present on the patient for their entire life, or it could be formed due to aging.”
People with seasonal allergies may also get dark circles, from both swollen blood vessels and due to excess itching and rubbing. If this is the case, allergy medication can help. Some of Dr. Minar's patients report that staying properly hydrated helps minimize the appearance of their dark circles, as does switching from coffee to green tea and sleeping more. He encourages anyone interested in treatment options to see a board-certified dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon. But of course, there's absolutely nothing wrong with having dark circles, and choosing to treat or conceal them is entirely your choice.
That said, if you're reading this, you are probably interested in concealing your dark circles. So, to help you in that endeavor, here are a handful of the best concealers and eye creams that can help brighten, de-puff, and even out the skin underneath your eyes.
And one last tip: Pick a shade lighter than your natural skin tone for the most natural-looking coverage, and gently pat (don't rub) the product underneath your eyes. Not only is this a makeup artist technique for helping concealer look smoother and less cakey, but it also prevents you from pulling at the delicate skin around your eyes.