What’s the most important item in your makeup bag? Or in other words, if we asked you to pick one to take to a desert island, what would it be? For so many of us, it’s our under eye concealer. Because, dark under eye circles…
If you have the oh-so familiar dark circles under your eyes, you’re not alone. So many of us experience them and at times they can appear darker than ever if we’ve been working too hard or burning the candle at both ends.
Here’s what causes them and how to get rid of dark circles under the eyes – with the help of cutting edge microneedle technology from us here at Vice Reversa.
What Are Dark Under Eye Circles?
Often accompanied by sagging skin (“affectionately” known as eye bags), dark circles under the eyes appear within the skin immediately below the lower eye lids, often in a semi-circle shape (despite their name). The skin in this area appears darker than the rest of the surrounding skin on the cheeks and temples, and the rest of the face.
If someone has ever told you that you look tired, you’ll know how frustrating dark circles are. No matter how well meaning they might be telling you that you need a good nights’ sleep, it can be hurtful knowing that your eyes are giving you away.
But dark circles aren’t only caused by sleepless nights.
What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
There are a few causes of dark under eye circles. The main one is chronic tiredness, when you regularly experience broken or unsatisfying sleep. Dark under eye circles can also be a consequence of the natural ageing process.
As we age, we lose collagen which keeps the skin plump and youthful. When it declines, the already thin skin around the eyes loses support and becomes even thinner, highlighting the blood vessels underneath and contributing to dark circles.
Hyperpigmentation, where we have certain areas of skin that have more pigmentation than others, can also lead to dark under eye circles. Our genes can also play a part, if we have a close family member with dark under eye circles, we’re more likely to have them ourselves.
Allergies and skin conditions such as hay fever and eczema can also mean that the skin under our eyes becomes darker. As can excessive exposure to the sun.
Can I Prevent Dark Under Eye Circles?
If your dark under eye circles are down to your genetics or a skin condition such as hyperpigmentation, then sadly it’s more difficult to prevent them. Allergies and allergic skin conditions can be helped with antihistamines and a chat with your GP or pharmacist.
Otherwise, doing all you can to get better sleep can help to reduce the darkness of under eye circles and pigmentation. The NHS has lots of helpful tips on getting better sleep . It can also be helpful to sleep on more than one pillow to help with drainage during the night.
Oh, and never underestimate the importance of staying hydrated! Dehydration saps the skin of essential water, highlighting all our skin woes, including dark circles, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Dark Circles?
Good skincare is one of the most beneficial ways to help minimise the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Look for advanced skincare, rather than the basics or the brands and products you may have always used – skincare is moving forward in leaps and bounds and there’s so much choice at our fingertips.
No longer is an eye cream simply for moisturisation. Eye creams are now available with ingredients such as peptides and hyaluronic acid that target specific skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dark circles. But now, we can go one better than even the most sophisticated of eye creams, with precision formulations incorporated into targeted microneedling patches that can be used at home.
Can Microneedle Patches Help to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
Yes, yes, they can! In fact, microneedle patches are the new eye cream. Whilst eye creams are good at moisturising the under eye skin, even if they promise the world in terms of reducing dark circles, they can only do so much.
Creams and moisturisers can only penetrate a few of the top layers of skin, making them fairly superficial But the microneedles in our Vice Reversa Eye Rejuvenator ultimate eye Patches are capable of penetrating much deeper. This allows them to deliver their beneficial and high potency ingredients exactly where they’re needed in order to help get rid of dark circles under the eyes.
As for those ingredients, we’ve added hyaluronic acid that is superior in hydrating the skin (it can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water). Hydrated skin, especially that of the thin skin around the yes, looks immediately healthier and brighter, helping to disguise dark circles. Hyaluronic acid also helps to stimulate the production of collagen, that can help to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, also helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
We’ve also added vitamin C, an antioxidant that not only helps to stimulate collagen production, but helps to brighten tired looking, dull skin.
Apply our rejuvenating eye patches under the eyes for at least two hours up to three times a week. There’s no need to worry about pain, as despite the name ‘microneedle’ we’ve actually made ours with innovative microcrystals that painlessly penetrate the skin, dissolving as they go.