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What Causes Under Eye Darkness?

August 03, 2021


What causes under eye darkness?


At some point in your life, you may find yourself wondering, why the skin under your eyes appears to be dark? It can make you look tired, dull, and add years onto the appearance of your face. While lack of sleep and genetics are the main cause for those dark circles that many people have, under eye darkness can also be caused by allergies, excessive alcohol consumption, and aging. Some serious medical conditions like anemia or iron deficiency can also cause under eye darkness. Dark circles can happen to almost anyone and probably will happen to you at some point in time. The #1 culprit of under eye darkness is aging because “the loss of the fat deep under the eye causes the blood vessels under the skin to look more apparent, which in turn creates a shadow or darkness.” And while there are many different reasons that you are experiencing under eye darkness, it is important to identify what exactly is causing this so you know how to treat it.


Dark circles impact many skin types and tones differently. For example, people with lighter skin may have darker circles that result from the visibility of blood vessels, creating a blue-gray color. People with darker skin may experience hyperpigmentation, which can result in brown discoloration underneath the eyes. Those who have fairer skin often have circles that look more severe, and that is because of the very visible appearance of the blood vessels under the paler skin.


The most effective way to treat dark circles regardless of your skin tone is to invest in a quality eye cream. It has been proven that eye creams help to reduce the appearance of dark circles and they prevent them from forming by using ingredients that work to lighten and brighten the area. A good eye cream will also nourish, support, and strengthen the skin, and boost collagen production to prevent and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Ingredients to look for when shopping for the best eye cream



Why it works

Hyaluronic acid

Hydrates and plumps the skin, giving you a youthful and radiant glow. By brightening the skin, it can help mask darkness under the eyes. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin help pull moisture into the epidermis from the environment above and dermis below.


Works to constrict the blood vessels under the eyes, reducing redness

Dimethicone and cyclomethicone

These ingredients are emollients that lock in moisture while also acting as a spackle between cells to make skin look smoother and silkier


Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and the over-the-counter version of prescription retinoids. Retinols help to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming by promoting cell turnover in the skin.

Vitamin C and polyphenols

These ingredients help reduce oxidative stress from environmental pollutants


The building blocks of collagen, which helps to keep your skin firm and smooth. As you age, the rate of collagen your skin produces slows down, so using eye creams with peptides helps stimulate their growth.


Product recommendations


Anikabeauty offers a few products that are great for treating under eye darkness. One of the best is the Essential Dermaceuticals Anti-Puffiness Eye Creme which has peptides, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid, all great ingredients for treating darkness under the eyes.


Favorite Eye Products at Anikabeauty to check out:

Essential Dermaceuticals : Anti-Puffiness Eye Creme

Essential Dermaceuticals: Advanced Hyaluronic & Peptide Eye Complex

Essential Skincare by Anikabeauty: Peptide Eye Treatment- Dark Circles, Wrinkles, Puffiness

Visual Changes Skincare International : Eye Youth