Dark under-eyes are an incredibly common aesthetic concern and one that we deal with a lot at Simply Clinics. As we get older, one of the first places that shows signs of ageing or tiredness is under the eyes. It reveals itself through dark circles, deep red or purple colours between the lower lash line and upper cheek area. Although makeup can provide a good attempt to cover it up, sometimes there’s just no luck and a more permanent solution is necessary.
First, let’s talk about why we get dark under eyes. We can all agree that it only takes a late night or a super early morning to leave us looking like we’ve aged a few years. The skin on our face tends to be a lot thinner than elsewhere, particularly in women, and under the eyes especially. When we’re tired, the blood vessels under the eyes can dilate or even leak, which therefore reveals visible dark red or purple colours through the skin under the eyes. If you’ve got pale skin, we’re afraid to say you may show dark circles more prominently, or it may even be genetic.
In addition to fatigue, our dark circles can become more obvious when we age. Our skin consists of collagen and elastin, which are proteins that keep our skin looking supple, plump, smooth and full. As we get older, these particular proteins reduce in production, therefore our skin begins to lack pliability and becomes thinner. The thinner the skin, the easier it is for dark circles to show.
Dark undereyes can also be due to hollowness in this area. Again, a decrease or lack of collagen means that the skin is less plump and full, encouraging this hollow appearance. This can also be caused by dehydration. Our body is predominantly made up of water, so when we’re not receiving enough, our under eyes can become dehydrated and therefore look hollow, which causes a dark undereye. The good news is that there’s a lot we can do for this concern. The main treatment that we recommend for dark undereyes is tear trough dermal filler, which works to rejuvenate the undereye area by filling any hollowness with the naturally produced ingredient, hyaluronic acid.