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How to get rid of dark circles

Ellie Taylor
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Dark circles under the eyes can be inherently annoying. They make us question ourselves, that we’re not doing the right things: not sleeping enough, not using the right products, not eating well enough. We explore the causes of dark circles as well as the treatments we offer here at DestinationSkin to help!


dark undereye circles before and after


Dark shadowing beneath the eyes occurs for a number of reasons, and no, you’re probably not actually that tired – which is a common misconception! In fact, fatigue isn’t the main cause of dark circles: hyperpigmentation is. Dr Toni Phillips, Group Medical Director at DestinationSkin tells us,  “Hyperpigmentation causes the darkening of your under eyes and many genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors can influence and increase your proneness to them.” (As seen in The Sunday Post).

Some environmental factors include smoking, diet, sun exposure, seasonal allergies and poor sleep, which can result in your eye area looking darker than usual. Genetics can also play a role, as some genetic traits can give you a predisposition to dark circles, such as having thin lower eyelid skin or faster aging processes. If your eyelid skin is thin, this means that the veins beneath are more visible, resulting in a darker appearance. Your age, and your inherited genes too, often influences your disposition in a similar way, as when your skin ages it loses its natural elasticity and begins to thin, which results in blood vessels and veins becoming more evident. Hayfever, or season allergies, can also darken your under eyes as nasal congestion leads to poor circulation to the lower eyelids, which results in your veins becoming bigger and darker – known as dilated veins.

Now we know why dark circles occur, we can explore how to get rid of them! Although, you cannot change your genetics, there are a few handy lifestyle tips can help lessen their appearance:



Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is always a first for getting better skin. This means keeping regular sleeping patterns, around 7-9 hours a night, and upholding a nutritious diet, which can both help improve your overall skin and health condition which never does any harm!

If you have reoccurring skin problems, you should take a look at your diet and see if there’s any foods that can help, Dr Toni explains. For example:

  • Foods rich in Vitamin K (leafy greens, spinach, broccoli) can help stimulate blood circulation, which can help lessen dark areas under the eyes and make the appearance of veins less prominent
  • Vitamin C (melons, oranges and tomatoes) are good for reducing acne breakouts and can elevate scarred, irritated or damaged skin
  • Onion, garlic and corn can help maintain the skins elasticity (which can help reduce any dark circles)
  • Omega-3 Acids (salmon and walnuts) can help sooth any inflammation and fights blemishes

For reducing dark circles making small lifestyle changes can make all the difference! By increasing your intake of fresh green veggies, not drinking as much caffeine and saying no that evening glass of red, can all help lift a darkened appearance. Whether it’s quitting smoking or exercise – doing anything you can to make yourself healthier can help to improve dark under eyes!



“If your skincare products aren’t doing anything to help lessen dark circles, a new regime is long overdue.” There are so many different products out there and it can be a bit overwhelming if you are unsure what will work, we recommend looking for products with the following ingredients:

  • Caffeine – with its anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictive properties, it helps to narrow the blood vessels and calm the skin, temporarily reducing under eye bags
  • Hyaluronic Acid – the holy grail of skincare products, Hyaluronic Acid is the ultimate anti-ageing ingredient, it helps to firm, smooth and reduces the appearance of fine lines – and it’s all natural
  • Tri-peptides – the foundation of the skin, formed of proteins such as Collagen, Elastin and Keratin, which are responsible for maintaining the skins texture, strength and resilience
  • Ceramides – helps form, and protect, the skins barrier against irritants and pollutions whilst also keeping the skin hydrated

The only issue with skincare products is that their affect is temporary and consistent use is necessary to achieve better results. If you’re looking for a more permeant solution to resolve any dark circles, we offer a range of treatments here at DestinationSkin to help minimise their appearance.



Tear Trough Fillers

By using Hyaluronic Acid fillers and infusing it just beneath the lower eyelid area, Tear Trough treatment can restore radiance and uplift the appearance of dark circles, instantly making you look less tired and youthful. Find out more about tear trough fillers here.

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A HydraFacial is a professional, advanced and relaxing facial that improves skin health in six unique steps. It combines massage techniques, botanical extracts, vortex technology and LED light, to leave the skin instantly brighter, softer and clearer than before with glowing results. Working to intensely hydrate your skin, the treatment also boosts firmness and reduces fine lines in the process! Find out more about our Hydrafacial treatments here.

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Skin Peels

“If you’re looking for a long term answer then our range of Skin Peels helps to improve hyperpigmentation and balance an uneven skin tone, with immediate effects, they always leave your skin in its best condition with visibly brighter results.” Dr Toni explains. Click here to find out more about the range of skin peels we offer that can be tailored to your specific needs.

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If you are troubled by dark under eyes, and make-up or skincare products aren’t working, why not book a free consultation with us for expert guidance where we can outline the best treatment and product options available for you.

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