How to remove dark circles under the eyes

Are you fed up of always looking tired? Dark circles under the eyes can make you look prematurely old, giving you a dull, lifeless look. It’s not just something that’s in your genes. Common causes are a lack of sleep, stress, illness and hormonal changes. Read on for our top tips to banish those dark shadows.

Let’s shed some light on the problem

The first stage to removing dark circles is to try and determine why the shadow is there in the first place. This will give us the information we need to tackle the root cause of the issue. This is done by checking with a torch, and the good news is that the one built into your phone will be perfect for the job. Shine the light under your eye; if the shadow moves as you move the light, then you have a structural issue. If it stays consistent, then it is pigmentation under skin.

How to remove dark circles under the eyes

Structural related dark circles

Treatments for reducing structural related dark circles under the eyes involves the use of dermal fillers such as Voluma by Juvederm. These will give you back the volume and plump up the area, so there is less of a concavity that casts a shadow.

The filler is gently placed using a blunt ended cannula to reduce any associated risks. The effects will typically last from 9-12 months. It should be noted if you have very loose lax skin in this area, with heavy eye bags, you will not be suitable for this treatment. Alternative treatments such as microneedling and chemical peels will help to improve the skin tone to give you some firmness back.

Pigmentation related dark circles

Treatments for reducing pigmentation-related dark circles under the eyes include the use of professional grade microneedling of the area. This is done in combination with de-pigmenting eye creams, such as SkinPep Glow white.

Microneedling works by causing the skin to thicken in the area, this will block out the capillaries that give the blue/purple tones. and also by introducing the depigmenting serums deeper towards the cell layer responsible for these pigmentation changes.

Top tips for structural related dark circles:

  1. Prime with eye cream, eg. Skinpep Eyelift growth serum or Skinpep Wrinkle Clear.
  2. Use a concealer with a similar tone to your skin. Sweep on small amounts across the entire tear trough and lower eyelid. This acts as the base layer.
  3. Next, apply a lighter tone concealer by tapping on the area of deepest shadow (typically the inner third of crease of tear trough). Use a thinner more flowable concealer to get into creases without altering the texture. Blend by tapping with the brush. Apply thin layers; you can add more as you go.
  4. Set: Brightening setting powder, very lightweight with some transparency (note with dry skin use minimal amounts of a translucent setting powder; otherwise it will clump).

Top tips for pigmentation-related dark circles:

Primer: Prime with an eye cream, eg. Skinpep Eyelift growth serum.
Pigmented concealer colour correction: The use of an apricot colour to remove purple tone of dark circles.
Natural Concealer: Dab on a concealer that is close to or one shade lighter than your natural tone. Blend with a make-up sponge.
Set: Brightening setting powder, very lightweight with some translucency (note for dry skin use very little translucent powder otherwise it will clump).

We hope that helped give you the information to get back control of those shadows and give you a fresh youthful appearance. If you have any further questions or would like to arrange a face to face consultation then please contact us.