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Posts for tag: Dark Circles

By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
December 18, 2016
Category: About Your Skin
Tags: Dark Circles   Eyes  

Restylane before and after for dark circles under the eyesDark circles under the eyes are a common concern for many people. There are many factors that contribute to it such as genetics, age, and lifestyle. Fortunately, there are several things we can do to improve dark circles under the eyes.

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is critical to improving dark circles under the eyes. If you get enough sleep every night, the areas around the eyes will appear brighter in the morning and you will look more rested. In today’s day and age getting enough sleep is difficult with crazy work schedules. Although most people require about eight hours of sleep every night, some people require less and some require more. And this can change with age; usually we need less sleep as we get older. Having good sleep habits will help. Try to have a routine every night so that you can relax and fall asleep easily at the same time every night.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet is another lifestyle change that can affect the appearance of the eyes. What the doctor tells you to eat is not only important for your health, but also for the skin. Changes in the skin are often manifestations of what is going on in the body. Make sure to eat enough fruits and vegetables every day and avoid foods that are high in fat or sugar. Try to eat foods that are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that damage the skin. At the same time avoid habits such as smoking which increase free radical formation in the body. Equally important is drinking enough water. About two thirds of the skin is water so it is important to have enough water in your body for appropriate function and appearance of the skin. When your body is dehydrated, the skin becomes dry and the areas around the eyes have a sunken appearance.


Exercise is the third lifestyle habit that will improve the appearance of dark circles under the eyes and the skin in general. Exercise is great for all parts of the body, the heart, the brain, the skin, and many others. Exercise allows for blood flow to the skin, providing nutrients to allow the skin to be healthy and function normally. When this happens, the skin looks better.

Use sunscreen daily

Sun damage is one of the most common causes of aging in the skin. The sun leads to many changes associated with aging including fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark spots, redness, and skin cancer. It is therefore important to protect your skin from the sun every day with a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Apply sunscreen every day of the year, even when it is cold outside because there is still sun. Also, apply sunscreen if it is overcast because some of the sun’s rays penetrate through clouds. Many people do not apply sunscreen because they are not outside much. But it is important to understand that when you are driving in your car or sitting inside near a window, the sun’s rays are still hitting your skin. Around the eyes sunglasses provide further protection.

Use a good eye cream

Eye creams can help improve the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The new A E Skin Green Tea Essentials Enlightening Eye Cream is a great example. It includes multiple ingredients such as vitamins A, C, and E, retinol, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients serve to improve the skin in a number of ways by hydrating the delicate skin under the eyes, providing volume, and stimulating collagen formation to tighten the skin.

Fillers under the eyes

Dermal fillers such as Restylane are commonly used to address dark circles under the eyes. One of the most common causes for such dark circles is loss of volume and hollowing under the eyes. In regular light a shadow is cast from the forehead to the tear trough, giving the appearance of a dark circle, which makes people look old and tired. Fillers such as Restylane can restore the lost volume and provide a healthy, youthful, and rested appearance.

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