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How To Reduce Dark Circles

Dark circles can be a sign of iron deficiency.

Don’t lose sleep over dark circles. Here’s some light on why they happen, and how you can deal with them.


Everybody deals with dark circles at some point in their life. Mostly, you notice them only after they’re pretty dark and unfortunately, prominent. So, what are these circles and how do they form?

Most people believe that dark circles are caused due to lack of sleep. While this is partly true, sleep is not the only factor that decides the fate of dark circles. To figure what causes your dark circles, you need to carefully examine their colour, first.

If the circles under your eyes are bluish or greenish, they’re just a result of your under-eye skin being too thin. With time, (and sometimes, genetics) the skin under the eyes gets thin and transparent enough for the pooled blood vessels under it to show.

If the circles appear brownish or blackish, they’re caused due to hyperpigmentation (meaning an increase in colour/melanin). Hyperpigmentation may be triggered by sun-exposure, genetic factors, or lifestyle factors.

Some of the most common causes of dark circles are stress, fatigue, Iron deficiencies, wearing glasses with heavy frames, and rubbing your eyes too much.

Now that you know what causes dark circles, here are some handy tips to deal with them.

Stay Protected

There is never a good reason to skip sunscreen! The skin under your eyes is already fragile, and can use all the protection it gets. Use an effective sunscreen according to your activity and location, and you can stop dark circles from becoming prominent or reappearing. If you’re lucky, you can prevent them entirely too! Just remember to apply sunscreen every time you step out. Allergic reactions to cosmetics, pollution, or tobacco smoke may also cause dark circles. Hence, consult your doctor, choose your products carefully, and protect your skin as much as you can!

Get Your Beauty Sleep

Get your daily dose of beauty sleep – a minimum of seven hours! While this does not guarantee freedom from dark circles, it will contribute to healthier skin, allow your skin to heal itself, and improve your chances of lightening dark circles.

Nourish Yourself

Dark circles can be a sign of iron deficiency. Ensure that your diet includes green leafy vegetables, nuts, and grains that meet your iron needs.

Also, increase your intake of foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants (like fruits, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables) and cut down on junk food and excess salt. Antioxidants help repair skin damage while junk food does the opposite. Nourishing your body is one of the best ways to have healthy, bright skin!

Raid Your Kitchen

Cucumber, potato, and used tea bags work like a charm in lightening dark circles. Place a slice of raw cucumber or potato over your eyes for 10-15 minutes, and relax while their cooling effect lightens your dark circles. Cooling used tea bags in the fridge and placing them over your eyes for 10-15 minutes works well, too!

Makeup Tricks

While you work to heal your skin, you can use these handy makeup tips to hide your dark circles. Before applying makeup, ensure that the skin under your eyes is moisturised well, with a good eye cream. Use a concealer that is a shade or two lighter than your skin, and blend it well, all around the eyes. Don’t forget the inner corner of your eyes! Next, apply your foundation, and finish by dusting with a translucent powder.