Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

I always look tired!

Dark circles under the eyes is a fairly common condition in both men and women. Dark circles (often accompanied by bags under the eyes) can add years to our appearance. As you age, these circles become more common and people of color, especially with darker skin tones, tend to be more prone to hyper-pigmentation around the eye area. So why do we get dark circles?


Staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause dark circles to form under your eyes. If only done occasionally, the dark circles tend to be fairly temporary. But regular sleep deprivation can dull your skin, allowing darker tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show. Bags can also form from lack of sleep, due to fluid buildup underneath your eyes, causing them to appear puffy. Although many people tend to blame tiredness for dark circles, fatigue isn’t the only thing that can cause them.


As we age, our skin becomes thinner as we lose the collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. This is especially true on our face. Thinning skin allows blood vessels to become more visible at the surface, which causes the dark circles to be noticeable.

Sun exposure

Sun exposure causes the body to produce melanin, the pigment that causes our skin to get darker when we tan. Repeated exposure to the sun, especially with frequent sunburns, can cause the production of excess melanin.  This is particularly true for the sensitive eye area. With time and repeated exposure, the melanin can cause the skin around your eyes to darken. So it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun.

Eye strain

In this day and age, use of television and computer screens is a standard part of our day. It’s no surprise that staring at your computer at work, then on your phone throughout the day and maybe the television at night can cause significant eye strain. Eye strain not only can cause blurry vision or headaches, it can also cause blood vessels to enlarge around your eyes, giving the appearance of darker skin in this delicate area.


Maybe your dark circles are from seasonal allergies. Your body releases histamines, a chemical that helps your body reject whatever you are allergic to. In turn, this causes the unpleasant symptoms of allergies – itchy, red and puffy eyes. The histamines cause the contraction of smooth muscle and dilation of capillaries, which become more visible under your skin. We also tend to rub our eyes and scratch the itchy skin around your eyes when our allergies are bothering us. Therefore, our symptoms worsen, causing inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes.


We all know we should be drinking more water.  But did you know that dehydration is also a common cause of under-eye circles? When you’re not giving your body the proper amount of water it needs, the skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and your eyes can look sunken. This is due to their close proximity to the underlying bone, especially as we age.

What Else Can You Do?

So, what do you do when you’ve made sure your hydrated and got plenty of sleep, religiously wore sunscreen to protect your delicate under eye skin and greatly limited your screen time, but you STILL have dark circles? We have the perfect solution: Our DCX Eye Serum. DCX Dark Circle Under Eye Serum targets the micro-capillaries with natural ingredients to de-puff, smooth and brighten. This includes soy, rice, yeast and seaweed, which combine with anti-aging powerhouse hyaluronic acid to create a wonderfully hydrating elixir for your eyes. The result is brighter, smoother skin—with and without makeup.

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