Are those dark circles under your eyes causing you distress? Well, guess what? You’re not the only one! But if that one fact doesn’t make you feel even slightly better, then keep reading. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the causes of dark circles, treatment options, and prevention tips that will help improve the appearance of those dark circles under your eyes.

So, what causes dark circles under the eyes?

While tiredness and lack of sleep are the most popular belief behind dark circles under the eyes, there are, in fact, numerous factors that cause them. Below are just some of the factors that causes dark circles under the eyes: 


One of the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes is genetics. If dark circles run in your family, then you may be more predisposed to them. Unfortunately, this is also the most challenging to treat. 


As you age, the fatty tissues that support our eyes begin to shrink and break down. When this happens, the dark blood vessels underneath become more noticeable, making your under eye appear darker.

This can cause a hollowing effect under the eyes which creates shadows and makes the appearance of dark circles more pronounced.


Dehydration can also be a major factor in causing dark circles under your eyes. When you’re not properly hydrated, your skin’s tissue shrinks, making your skin  appear sunken and dull. This can make any existing dark circles look worse so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body and skin properly hydrated!

Sun exposure

Too much sun exposure can cause the skin to increase its melanin production. The skin under our eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of our face so it’s more susceptible to damage and hyperpigmentation. 

Eye strain

If you spend a lot of time staring at screens, this can lead to eye strain. When you strain your eyes, the blood vessels under your skin become enlarged and be more visible as dark circles.

Prevention & treatments

There are a few different ways you can go about treating your dark circles. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you could always try concealer. But if you’re looking for a more long-term solution, then there are a few things you can try.

Adopt healthy sleep habits

If you don’t get enough sleep or if you have poor sleeping habits, it can reflect on your face; usually in the form of dark circles. When you don’t get enough rest, your skin becomes pale and dull-looking which makes the dark blood vessels under your eyes more noticeable. Click here for some tips on how to get better quality sleep. 

Wear sunscreen

Protect the delicate skin under your eyes by wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen. Opt for mineral sunscreens as it is more suited for people with sensitive skin, and are less likely to sting your eyes. It also wouldn’t hurt if you wear sunglasses that offer UV protection. 

Cold compress

Remember that beauty hack from way back where you leave a spoon inside your freezer and then after an hour or two, apply it under your eyes to get rid of puffy eyes? Well, putting something cold under your eyes works to shrink enlarged blood vessels. Doing this will also reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Simply wrap some ice in a clean cloth and apply it to the under eye area for a few minutes at a time. You can also use chilled cucumber slices or gel masks stored in your fridge.

Eye Creams

Consider adding eye creams to your skincare routine. Spalina Skincare’s Eye Repair Cream is a day time eye cream that’s effective at fading away dark circles and wrinkles under the eyes. It contains peptides that tightens and lifts the skin leaving you looking youthful and radiant. For your nighttime routine, use the Eye Repair Cream PMIt works to repair and regenerate skin cells under your eye area as well as provide a surge of hydration, leaving you looking refreshed and well-rested. 


Microneedling is a procedure that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin which can help stimulate collagen production. This can then help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.

Considering microneedling?  Book an online consultation with licensed esthetician, Spela Hernandez! 

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