If youre plagued by pesky undereye circles, the biggest culprit here is genetics. Some women are simply born with fair or thin skin and less fat in this area, which can cause capillaries and veins to show throughespecially when blood pools there because of lack of sleep, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Those people typically have little blue-tinged dark circles, even since they were young, he says. But as skin loses collagen and thins further, they become even more pronounced. Chronic inflammation, like from allergies, can also shine throughgiving them a brownish tinge. The ingredients you look for in a product are going to depend on the shade of your circles:
If its blue-tinged This means theyre likely the result of swollen blood vessels near the skins surface, so go for a caffeinated formula in the morning. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, says Dr. Zeichner.
If its brown Its probably a hyperpigmentation issue. The body responds to inflammationfrom things like allergies and rubbingas an injury, sending extra melanin to repair it, says Dr. Zeichner. Here, the superstar eye brightener ingredients are vitamin C and niacinamide, used morning or night.
Try the potato cure To lighten dark circles, thinly slice potatoes, then chill in water in the fridge; apply on top of eyes for 10 minutes, says Jeanette Graf, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Potatoes contain the enzyme catechole, which lightens skin.