Dark Under Eye Circles -causes and treatments

Dark circles under our eyes can make us look much older than we actually are, even more so than wrinkles! So what’s the solution?

There are a ton of treatments, lotions and potions out there. But finding the right one for you is not an easy task. The first thing you need to do is to find out what is causing the dark circles. There are many reasons why some of us have dark under eye circles and why some suffer more than others.  Some reasons include;

  • Lack of Sleep,
  • Genetics,
  • Pigmentation,
  • Allergies,
  • Illness,
  • Diet,
  • Smoking,
  • Excessive Drinking,
  • Stress

Once you have figured out what is causing your dark circles, you can then find the best solution and treatment.


If you smoke STOP! I am still so amazed at the amount of people who still smoke. There is so much evidence out now, about how bad smoking is for our health and simply saying “well I have to die of something” Is very ignorant and shows a lack of self-love in my opinion. Not only does smoking create havoc on your insides, but it also affects our physical appearance, yellowing of the skin, wrinkles around the mouth, sagging skin from a lack of oxygen as well as dark under eye circles are some of the visual effects of smoking.

Excessive Drinking.

Excessive drinking, recreational drugs and poor diet are just as bad.  Alcohol as you already know dehydrates our bodies, and our skin is made of tiny cells and these cells are made up of water. If our body is lacking water it will not be able to renew itself easily and wrinkle. Drink lots of water and cut back on fluids that dehydrate us, like; Alcohol, coffee, soda and any of those ‘gimmick drinks’ (eg. Vitamin water). Straight pure and simple water from your tap is best, add some lemon or run it through a Brita filter if you’re not a fan of the taste.


Poor diet and a general lack of nutrients will greatly affect our skin. Our bodies are constantly producing new skin cells that our bodies need. A healthy balance diet will be able to generate more healthy cells and skin.


Lack of sleep and stress is a little tricky, of course you need to sleep well and try not to over sleep. Set your alarm so that you get a good 8 hour sleep, if you struggle to fall asleep, try things that help relax you, such as reading and drinking tea. You may need to talk to your doctor to get some prescription medication advice.


Just breathe! Life gets stressful for all of us. Get organised, right down a To Do List so that you are not up thinking about everything that you need to get done. Work-out, do yoga, anything to burn up some physical energy and take your mind away for a couple of hours a day. Take a bath with your favourite essential oil and some Epsom salts – and maybe a glass of wine 😉

Homemade Solutions.

If your dark circles are caused from genetics there are a few things you can do to help make them less noticeable. If your dark circles are “Puffy” then you need to reduce the swelling, you can try some easy home remedies like;

Placing cucumber slices on your eyes, and resting with your eyes closed for about 10 minutes. Tea is also a great one. Simply place cool, damp, caffeinated tea bags to your eyes. I like Green Tea and Camomile, as they help relax me. The tannin in tea helps reduce swelling and discolouration.

Creams and Serums.

I strongly suggest staying away from any retinal A creams, especially around the eye area as the skin in this area is so delicate. Retinol is great for wrinkles, but be very careful if you decide to use it, as I have heard a lot of people who have actually burned their skin! Meladerm by Civant SkinCare, has had some amazing reviews online. The most informative one I have found on this product is at skincarecop.com.  I personally use natural oils, such as; Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Camilla Oil and even Olive Oil. Basically if I can eat it, I will put it on my skin. If your eye circles are hollow looking, I would suggest a night crème full of nutrients and oils. I make my own using, bees wax as a base and adding ingredients like sweet almond oil, vitamin C and some olive or Camilla oil.


A good liquid concealer will cover them up great. Make sure you get one that matches your skin tone perfectly. I like Maybeline Dream Lumi Concealer, it comes in an easy to apply pen, and is not cakey, so it won’t settle into your wrinkles, best of all it is very affordable. If you need a little bit more coverage simply mix it with your foundation.


If you have tried all of the above and you are still struggling with server dark under circles then you could look into hyaluronic fillers like Juvederm, which is injected into the desired area. This option is not cheap and is also on going, the results last approximately 8 Months.