Why Do Dark Circles Form Under our Eyes?

Common among men and women, dark circles are a chronic skincare concern. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and collagen is lost, increasing the visibility of our blood vessels beneath the eyes and making the area appear darker.

When you’re tired, your skin also becomes dull and dehydrated, causing hallow areas below your eyes and increasing the visibility of blood vessels and tissue beneath your skin. Fatigue can also cause fluids to accumulate around our eyelids, puffing them up and casting dark shadows under our eyes. Thanks to advancements in cosmetic skin treatments, we can lessen the effects of these tired looking signs.

For more information on the different cosmetic skin treatments, consult with Epione, the leader in cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills.

How Can You Prevent Dark Circles?


Simple yet fundamental, sleeping is an inexpensive, natural way to help minimize dark circles. If this is the main culprit, here are a few tips to help you ease into a good night’s slumber.

Eat a Light, Healthy Dinner. Avoid serving large, heavy meals at night. Eating large portions in the day can lead to indigestion during the night as well as unwanted boost of energy from the meal. Also avoid foods high in fat, sodium, spices and caffeine.
Control Electronic Usage Before Bedtime. Having digital screens within arm’s reach, it is increasingly more difficult to separate individuals from their computers, smartphones and tablets. The blue light emitted from these electronic devices produce a higher amount of energy and helps boost alertness, heighten reaction times and elevates moods. Before bed, chronic exposure to blue light can lower the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep and disrupts your circadian rhythm.
Improve Your Sleep Environment. Small changes to your environment can make a big difference. Keep noise to the minimum. Keep your room cool (consider 65° F or 18° C). Make sure your bed is comfortable. Reserve your bed for sleeping, not working, watching TV, or using your computer in bed.

Increase Your Intake of Antioxidants

A diet rich in antioxidants and low in processed sugars decrease inflammation in your body. For herbs and spices, rosemary, shiso and sage have antioxidant and inflammatory properties for your body and skin. For fruits and vegetables, load up on berries, beans, brussel sprouts, and dark leafy greens.


Stay well hydrated to prevent puffy eyes. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, helps keep your skin tone, firm and full looking.

Use Sunscreen

The skin underneath your eyes are thin and especially prone to sun-induced hyperpigmentation. Use a non-drippy or a stick sunscreen formula that won’t budge.

See an Allergist

Dark circles are a common symptom for allergies. When your body detects an allergen, it goes into inflammation mode and the eyes are one of the first places to exhibit the symptoms. If this is the cause, your allergist will provide topical and oral treatments for symptom relief.

Use a Retinoid

Retinoid is especially formulated for the eye area. Its vitamin A derivative will fade pigment and increase collagen production to make skin less transparent and dark circles less visible.

Cosmetic Skin Treatments in Beverly Hills

If collagen loss is the cause, fillers can make puffiness and dark circles look smaller. At Epione, our state of the art laser and aesthetic surgery centers offer clients comfort, convenience and privacy. Our practice specializes in the most current technology available for skin, hair, and body contouring, and its staff is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of personal attention and care. Epione also carries Doctor Ourian’s Signature Series skin care products. For more information, call Epione at (888) 951-3377 or schedule a consultation here.