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Finally Fix Your Dark Circles

Posted on February 02 2018

common causes and solutions of dark circles

You can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes. They say that eyes are the windows to the soul, and no one wants those windows to be framed by tired-looking, dark circles. Unfortunately, many are plagued by these unwanted bags, and despite their best efforts, find them very difficult to get rid of. And while makeup is a good short-term solution for concealing them, there are other ways to fix your dark circles and prevent them from happening again!

Common Causes & Solutions

Like many skin conditions, it’s difficult to predict the appearance and severity of dark circles on different skin types. It’s important to first understand their causes in order to find the most effective treatment.  


Prolonged emotional stress can contribute to the appearance of dark circles, and a lack of sleep can exaggerate existing ones.

Solution - Prioritize R&R: Find out what is causing your stress, and take a break from it. Make time for yourself to read a good book, take a nap, whatever helps you relax. And aim for a solid 7-8 hours of shut-eye each night, but avoid oversleeping, as this can exasperate dark circles as well.


Unfortunately, many of us inherit thinner skin that is more prone to sagging and dark circles. A sign that your dark circles are inherited is if they showed up in your youth, well before the rest of your skin begins to age.

Solution – Go Natural: While you can’t change your gene pool, you can take steps to minimize the appearance of dark circles. Potatoes contain a natural brightening enzyme to lighten dark skin and can be made into a natural face mask. Other natural remedies include almond oil, cucumbers, rose water, coconut oil, and essential oils.  

essential oils for dark circles

Lifestyle Habits

Smoking, poor diet, and frequent alcohol consumption can wreak havoc on your skin and cause dark circles to creep in prematurely and show more prominently.

Solution – Take Care from the Inside Out: Your skin will benefit from a healthy lifestyle that includes drinking alcohol in moderation, no smoking, and a diet that includes healthy proteins and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help hydrate and smooth out your delicate under-eye skin.


It’s a fact that as we age, our skin gets thinner and we lose the extra fat and collagen that keeps it looking youthful and vibrant. Blood vessels show more prominently through thinning skin, magnifying the dark circles under the eyes.

Solution – Use the Right Products: When choosing anti-aging skin care to combat dark circles and other signs of aging, look for effective ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and retinol to get the most bang for your buck and treat under eye circles most effectively.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure accounts for nearly all of the physical signs of aging on our skin, and dark circles are no exception. If you’ve spent years out in the sun with little or no protection, your skin will naturally produce more melanin and result in more noticeable dark circles and age spots, especially on your face.

SolutionProtect, Protect, Protect! There’s no excuse for skipping the sunscreen! One of the best ways to prevent dark circles from appearing in the future is to use sunscreen whenever you go out. To make your morning routine easier, look for a moisturizer that contains SPF.

No matter what the cause, there are more ways of reducing your dark circles. Using essential oils is one of the most popular methods that our readers approve of, or you can try using our soothing Under Eye Cream. For more skin care tips and products, check out our Geneva Naturals shop and blog:

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