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'Tis the Season...for Dark Circles

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The holidays are a time for preparing celebrations, celebrating and recovering from celebrations. For many of us, dark circles under the eyes come with the season. For still others, dark circles are a chronic condition to battle.

What causes dark circles under the eyes? And more to the point, how can you get rid of yours?

Two Basic Processes

When your eyes look sunken and fatigued, one or two processes are to blame. First, it may be that the tiny blood vessels beneath your under eye skin are showing through, making those dreaded dark rings. Another is that your eyes may appear to be in shadow courtesy of puffy eyelids or deepening hollows under your eyes.

The unwanted blood vessels and shadows arise due to a variety of factors, some temporary, some not. Determining your own set of individual factors will help you know how to help your eyes look more fresh and youthful.

Lifestyle Choices Can Contribute

It doesn’t take much for the tiny blood vessels under your eyes to swell. Smoking, alcohol and caffeinated beverages can contribute, says the Mayo Clinic. All these lifestyle factors cause fluid retention and swollen vessels. Nasal congestion that comes along with allergies and colds also dilates the vessels and makes them appear darker.

Surprisingly, fatigue is not a primary cause of dark circles under the eyes. Some people’s skin does appear paler when they’re tired, however, so lack of rest can sometimes be a factor.

The first step toward banishing circles under your eyes, then, is to take good care of your health. You can also try cold compresses to reduce swelling and elevating your head at night to drain fluid away from your face.

Pigmentation Plays a Role

Dark circles under the eyes tend to run in some families. If this is the case for you, it simply means the blood vessels under your eyes are more prominent than for other people. Choosing good quality, concealing make up may be the best move you can make. Many women opt for mineral makeup, taking advantage of its reflective qualities.

If you’ve spent a great deal of time in the sun, your skin may be discolored with too much melanin.

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