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Do dark circles make your eyes look old and tired? Read the article below to find out how to get rid of them for good for a younger and fresher look.

Dark circles under the eyes are a very common aesthetic problem that can become a real challenge for those who want a fresh and rested appearance.

They appear as a depression or sunken effect under the eyes, often accompanied by a dark or bluish discolouration. Underlying this blemish is a combination of factors, including stress, fatigue, loss of volume in the periocular areas, thinning of the skin and uneven distribution of fatty tissue.

Whatever the underlying reasons for the appearance of dark circles, the fact is that these blemishes can give a tired, ageing and chronically fatigued look.

The aim of this article is to explore possible remedies for dark circles, to conceal them and, above all, to eliminate them permanently with the help of aesthetic medicine and, in particular, hyaluronic acid fillers.

In particular, we will review the following:

How to eliminate dark circles under the eyes?

There are several methods for correcting dark circles. From so-called natural remedies to aesthetic medicine treatments and the use of specific cosmetic products and make-up.

What is important to know is that the result obtained will vary. For example, using creams or serums, independent of how good quality they are, will lead to effects that are not so immediate and apparent. One may see small improvements over time as a result of constant and continuous application.

An approach relying on aesthetic medicine is a different matter. In this case, as described later, the use of hyaluronic acid dark circle fillers allow for immediately visible and long-lasting results.

So let’s take a look at two different approaches to the issue of dark circles under the eyes, from a do-it-yourself approach to resorting to aesthetic medicine.

How to conceal dark circles with do-it-yourself techniques

How to conceal dark circles with do-it-yourself techniques

Before reviewing possible DIY remedies to conceal dark circles under the eyes, it should be pointed out that these solutions help to temporarily cover up the problem.

Therefore, for a long-term solution, it is necessary to consult a professional in aesthetic medicine, for specific treatments such as the use of fillers or laser treatments. In particular, the characteristics and properties of hyaluronic acid make it an extremely effective remedy for removing dark circles.

However, those who are afraid of needles can try a home-made approach, knowing though that it will require time, perseverance, and patience before appreciable results can be noticed.

Let’s take a look at some do-it-yourself techniques to correct dark circles:

  1. Gently massage the area with your fingers. The stimulation of blood circulation will help reduce any swelling and make dark circles less noticeable.
  2. Apply two cold tea bags or chamomile tea for about 5-10 minutes. The tannins in the tea can help reduce the swelling. Alternatively, you can make compresses with cold cucumber slices.
  3. Use specific moisturising and refreshing eye masks and creams. These products often contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to moisturise the skin and reduce dark circles.

Remember that following a proper lifestyle is crucial, whether one adopts a do-it-yourself approach or aesthetic medicine to treat dark circles under the eyes. But more on that later.

How to hide dark circles with make-up

Make-up is, without a doubt, is a good method to hide dark circles.

However, it has limitations: it does not eliminate but only conceals the problem. It requires a daily commitment and does not solve the problem of correcting dark circles under the eyes in a man.

Furthermore, make-up for dark circles requires a certain amount of attention and technique. Otherwise, the risk is to make the situation worse.

The first step is always to start with a good moisturising of the eye area, applying a specific product to help prepare the skin and make it easier to apply make-up. The must-have product to mitigate the appearance of dark circles is concealer, one or two shades lighter than the natural skin colour.

Peach or orange tones are preferred to neutralise the bluish or purplish colour of dark circles. A concealer should preferably be applied using a thin brush, so that only the affected area is covered. Starting at the inner corner of the eye, going down towards the lower cheek and up towards the outer corner of the eye. After tapping with the fingertip, the concealer should be fixed with a transparent powder.

How to lighten up dark circles with baking soda

Among the do-it-yourself remedies to lighten up dark circles, baking soda deserves a separate mention.

We are referring to common sodium bicarbonate, used for household hygiene and thanks to its whitening and exfoliating properties is also used as a do-it-yourself remedy to create, combined with water, a compress to apply to dark circles under the eyes.

The first thing to say is that there is no scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of baking soda in treating dark circles. In addition, those who choose to rely on this remedy must keep in mind that they may face possible side effects such as:

  • Irritation: baking soda, being alkaline, can be too abrasive for the delicate skin around the eyes causing irritation, dryness and redness, especially if used frequently;
  • Individual sensitivity: baking soda may not be suitable for everyone and some people may experience an adverse reaction;
  • Eye damage if applied too close to them.

So, while a dermatologist should in any case be consulted before resorting to home remedies, anyone who decides to use baking soda to lighten up dark circles under the eyes should at least test it on a small area of the skin before applying it to the eye area.

How to eliminate hollow circles under the eyes for good

To eliminate dark circles under the eyes for good, it is necessary to enter the field of aesthetic medicine.

In this regard, it must be said that the first and fundamental step is to consult only a doctor specialised in aesthetic medicine who, after due evaluation, will recommend the most suitable treatment.

As already mentioned, among the most widely used and effective treatments to correct dark circles are hyaluronic acid fillers.

The concentration of this molecule, naturally present in the dermis, decreases with age. Thus, its function of supporting and hydrating the tissues is lost. And this is one of the main reasons why wrinkles form and dark circles under the eyes become more noticeable and “chronic”.

Applied in the form of a transparent jelly by means of very thin needles, hyaluronic acid, thanks to its moisturising and volumising properties, literally fills in the depression of the tear duct, while making the dark shadow less visible.

What are the benefits of fillers for dark circles?

  • An extremely natural, immediate and long-lasting result (6 months to 12 months depending on the filler used and individual response);
  • The safety of treatment: the risk of contraindications and side effects of hyaluronic acid is very low;
  • A long-term effect: HA’s moisturising power reduces the risk of dark circles reappearing.

It is important to emphasise that the result and safety of fillers for dark circles under the eyes depend solely on the skills of the specialist and the quality of the product used.

How to prevent dark circles under the eyes?

We talked about how to conceal and eliminate dark circles.

There are several causes behind this blemish, including genetic predisposition and the natural ageing process. This is why avoiding them is impossible.

What you can do, however, is follow an appropriate lifestyle that will help prevent dark circles under the eyes or, at the very least, not make the problem worse. Starting with proper rest and stress management.

Equally important is to follow a healthy diet. Drinking plenty of water and consuming foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruit and vegetables, is essential to keep under-eye skin young and healthy.

Other useful tricks to prevent dark circles under the eyes are:

  • No smoking and no alcohol, the nemeses of skin beauty;
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors to prevent skin damage from the sun’s rays;
  • Apply high sun protection during exposure;
  • Use extra pillows to keep the head slightly elevated during sleep, to reduce fluid pooling under the eyes.

However, if the blemish is such that it causes discomfort and undermines one’s feeling good about oneself, fillers for dark circles with hyaluronic acid are an effective, safe and long-lasting solution.

The important thing to remember is to consult a knowledgeable aesthetic doctor who knows how to choose the best facial fillers for use on the patient, based on each specific case.

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