The complete guide to dark under eye circles (and getting rid of them)

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They’re persistent, annoying and can make you look like you’ve had zero hours’ sleep even when you’ve managed eight. Dark under eye circles affect a lot of us at some point in our lives; but what actually causes them, and can you get rid of them?

We caught up with some of the experts to find out what can be done about dark under eye bags…

What causes dark under eye circles?

According to No7, the three leading factors associated with having dark circles under eyes are thinner skin, hyper-pigmentation and thicker or increased number of capillaries.

‘Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by a number of different factors, from genetics to skin allergies,’ explains Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at London’s Cadogan Clinic and author of The Skincare Bible. ‘Rings under the eyes often run within a family and can be down to your skin type.

‘Dark circles are very common, however hyperpigmentation under the eyes is more common in Asian skin because dark-skinned people have more melanin (the pigment which gives skin its colour) than light-skinned people. This is sometimes known as periorbital melanosis.

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‘Lifestyle choices also play a big part in dark circles. When you don’t get enough sleep at night, you lose hydration around the eye area and underlying blood vessels appear more prominent. Ageing is another factor, as we age our skin thins, which makes blood vessels more visible and we lose volume due to a depletion in collagen, pulling the lower eye area down and creating hollow contours and shadows.

‘Those with chronic inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema or skin allergies may also suffer from this problem. Inflamed, itchy skin can result in hyperpigmentation, which is followed by rubbing and scratching of the affected area.’

How to get rid of dark under eye circles

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There’s no ‘cure’ for dark circles per se, but there are a few things you can do to make them less visible.

‘UV radiation and too much exposure to the sun can result in worsening of pre-existing dark circles. I recommend wearing daily sunscreen to prevent damage to ’normal’ skin, as well as limiting further pigmentation problems once dark circles have already developed,’ says Dr Anjali.

‘Wear SPF around the eyes and high-quality sunglasses that are able to filter out radiation in an effective manner are also recommended.

‘Sleep is so important. Loss of sleep results in lacklustre skin and a sallow complexion. Getting enough sleep can help with visibility. Also, too much salt and alcohol will dehydrate your skin, making your eyes puffy and your circles look a lot worse.’

Eye cream for dark circles

When looking for the right eye cream for dark circles, there are a few key ingredients you can look for that will help your cause. ‘Vitamin C, kojic acids, arbutin and hydroquinone help to reduce melanin production so look out for these key ingredients when buying an eye cream,’ advises Dr Anjali.

Try Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème, £30 at Boots. Inspired by make-up artists yellow colour correcting ‘banana powder’, it’s a vitamin C enriched formula that also colour corrects for instantly softened dark circles.

How to cover dark under eye circles with make-up

‘Most of us have a blue tone under the eye but if you have more pink/cool undertone in the skin, the darkness appears as purple and blue,’ explains Bobbi Brown Senior PRO Artist Amy Conway. ‘If you have a more golden/warm undertone it appears as brown and grey under the eye.

‘For darkness, a corrector is essential! It’s a creamy formula that instantly corrects purple, blue or brown shadows. Then opt for a creamy concealer to layer onto to brighten and lift the under eye as well as bringing it back to skin tone.

‘For extreme dryness opt for a rich balm like eye cream. I love the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye Cream for extreme dryness as it instantly calms and brightens and then hydrates the under eye all day long.’

Below, Amy shares her three steps to successfully covering up dark circles with make-up.

Step 1: Prep

‘Start by prepping the skin with a hydrating eye cream, this will ensure your concealer looks bright and smooth all day look and will stop any creasing. I love Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream as it’s also a primer which will give you that extra longevity to your make-up.’

Step 2: Correct

‘A corrector is an essential to banish any darkness under the eye. These come in two tones- often a pink and a peach. Pink correctors will take out any blueness or purple shadow. Peach correctors will take out and brown or greyish shadow. Once you find your shade, apply from the inner with a brush a blend outwards and down concentrating on the darkness only.

‘Top tip: apply most of your product towards the inner corner of the eye to give and instant brightness, and skip the outer corner as that’s where we have more texture.’

Step 3: Perfect

‘Next layer a concealer on top and blend out towards the cheekbone. The job of a concealer is to give you that extra coverage whilst bringing it back to skin tone for a flawless finish. Also do keep your Concealer in your handbag as it’s the perfect product for touch ups throughout the day.

Is there a dark under eye circles treatment out there?

‘If puffiness is an issue then surgical treatment called blepharoplasty is the only thing that will make a considerable difference to the appearance of the skin,’ Dr Anjali says.

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Melanin is a beautiful gift from God that gives people of color added protection from UV rays, skin cancer, and signs of aging. Not to mention, it also glistens in the sun with a magical glow. However, on the flip side, those with pigmented skin are prone to hyperpigmentation — a skin condition that causes dark marks and acne scars when excessive melanin is produced. It can be triggered by anything from a rash, scratch, pimple, or inflammation. To make matters worse, this unsightly ailment can take anywhere from three months to two years to get rid of.

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In an interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE, Medina breaks down a popular dermalinfusion treatment as well as common myths about skincare.

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BE: How does the Dermalinfusion treatment work?

One of the most popular and effective dermalinfusion treatments is called “The Silk Peel.”  It’s a wonderful treatment that gets great results in treating acne, dark spots, acne scarring, and anti-aging. Similar to a microdermabrasion treatment, it breaks down the top layer of dead skin revealing newer skin and encouraging new skin cells to the surface, which gives you a nice glow and even skin texture.

As it is abrading your top layer, it forms a hyperbaric chamber with the skin allowing it to suction whatever can be manipulated out of your pore. So all the bacteria that is trapped in your skin gets eliminated and collected in a collection jar. After the treatment, you get to see all the wonderful things that was pulled out of your face.

Not only does it exfoliate and cleanse the skin, it also nourishes the skin.  It is a wet microdermabrasion meaning, it delivers a solution back into the skin through the pores whilst they are engaged. Depending on what your skin is presenting, we are able to deliver back into the dermis nourishment and treatment in the form of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, a brightening solution, as well as salicylic acid that helps prevent acne.


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BE: Can you debunk a few skincare myths that you’ve heard?

MYTH: Greasy foods make me break out.

FACT: Sebaceous glands produce sebum or oil to coat our skin for protection and pH optimization.  Greasy foods do not trigger these glands to produce more oil. In fact, it is the behavior whilst eating greasy foods that can add oil to the skin. For example, touching your face with greasy hands after eating greasy foods adds oil to the face and can lead to a breakout by clogging your pores. Be mindful of touching your face whilst eating and of the grease dribble on your chin when you take a bite!  Sugar actually does ignite those sebaceous glands to produce more oil.  So, what you should be mindful of is your sugar intake.

MYTH: I can use my body soap to wash my face in the shower.  It cleanses all the same.

FACT: Soaps that foam have a foaming agent called a detergent. That’s right. The same agent you use to wash your clothes with.  Detergents are drying agents so using foamy soaps will dry out your skin!  That’s why after you wash your face it feels tight and super dry or “clean.” In doing so, you have stripped what’s called the natural acid mantle barrier, a light layer of oil meant to keep your skin at its proper pH level in order for it to function optimally, and throughout the day, you will notice that your skin will produce a lot more oil. It does so in order to compensate for the loss of oil that you stripped away with the foamy wash. Milky cream wash or gel wash is best!

MYTH: Black don’t crack. I don’t need sunscreen!

FACT: Although it is true, darker skin tones do age better; it is due to the oil that we produce that keeps our skin moist and supple so that our skin does not degrade as quickly. But sunscreen is used primarily to avoid skin cancer as well as aging. Darker skin tones are not invincible to skin cancer. It is imperative that you protect your skin from the UVA and UVB rays especially these days with our ozone layer depleting.

As far as aging, darker skin tones are susceptible to hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or age spots. Using an SPF 30-55 daily will prevent these spots from appearing or getting darker. Also, try putting sunscreen on the back of your hands daily as well. Your hands show age quickly due to its overexposure to the UV light.

Treat Your Skin Right

BE: What should people of color do on a daily basis to maintain healthy, clear skin?

It is important to have a proper skincare regimen, starting with a milky or gel-non foaming facial cleanser. You should cleanse your face daily and add a light moisturizer with a broad spectrum (that protects against UVA and UVB rays) SPF between 30-55 that contain antioxidants to nourish the skin.

The most important part of a skincare routine is being a member of exfoliation nation! You must exfoliate regularly. I tell patients, in the beginning, to start natural with a simple sugar and honey scrub that they can make at home with 1/4 cup sugar + 1-2 tbspns of honey. Mix into a puddy and scrub your face for 60sec.  Wash off and apply nourishment to this skin in the form of a moisturizer with antioxidants. This should be done at night, three times per week. Then later to challenge the skin, you can start using chemicals like glycolic acid or retinol to exfoliate the skin.

Exfoliating allows your pores to breath, encourages new skin growth, gives your skin a healthy glow, and also prevents bacteria or acne to grow. Diet also plays a major role in skin health!  You should eat foods that are high in antioxidants like deep greens, acai berries, pomegranate, etc. However, the most important part of your diet is drinking tons of water. Water helps your skin and body rids itself of toxins! Three water bottles a day should be your daily goal at the very least.

BE: What type of products do you recommend for people who suffer from hyper-pigmentation?

When dealing with hyperpigmentation, the process is twofold:

First, you must work out the skin. Meaning, you have to exfoliate regularly. Dark spots are a form of scar tissue.  You can lighten it by exfoliating the dead skin off and encouraging new skin to come to the surface.  Remember after you exfoliate you must, must, must wear sunscreen to protect the new skin from the sun’s damage.  Otherwise, the dark spot will only get darker!

The second part is actually treating the hyperpigmentation with a topical. Products that contain hydroquinone 4%, bearberry, licorice, citric acid and kojic acid help to brighten or lighten the skin.  At Skin Deep Clinics, we offer Skin Tone Pads that contain kojic acid, bearberry and hydroquinone to brighten the skin.  They are easy to use and breed wonderful, safe results.

 

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In the final pages of her heartbreaking memoir about her childhood, Small Fry, Lisa Brennan-Jobs addresses head on one of the central unanswered questions about her accomplished, famous and appallingly cruel father, Steve Jobs. “When people speak and write about my father’s meanness, they sometimes assume that meanness is linked to genius,” she writes. It’s a variation of the “asshole” hypothesis so many in Silicon Valley posit all the time: Is it necessary to be an asshole, like Steve Jobs was, to achieve greatness?

Brennan-Jobs, who devotes perhaps one page out of nearly 400 to her father’s business affairs, has come to her own conclusion. “Maybe the meanness protected the part that created–so that acting mean to approximate genius is as foolish as trying to be successful by copying his lisp or his walk” or other Jobsian mannerisms.

This is a haunting book. Apologists for Steve Jobs tend to talk about his charisma, his great charm, his uncanny ability to be right. They tend to dismiss or change the subject from his dark side. His eldest child, whose paternity he denied before being compelled in court to accept, sees the good in him, too. But her patient, beautifully written account of how he treated her from a young age almost to the day he died is blot on his reputation. No parent or sibling or child can read this book and not come away empathizing with its author and reviling the character around whom her story revolves.

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Speaking of Apple, The Wall Street Journal had a good piece of insight over the weekend, explaining how Apple’s


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geographic expansion last week neatly informs its ongoing strategy of offering services, higher-priced phones, and original content. The paper wrote: “Culver City gives Apple a Hollywood home base as it pushes into video programming. Seattle is a machine-learning hub where it can develop algorithms that personalize streaming-music playlists and improve Siri. San Diego and Austin offer semiconductor engineers who can advance the customized-chip efforts that help Apple wring more money out of its iPhones, iPads, and Macs.”

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Sing Away Parkinson’s, Dark Roast Coffee For Alzheimer’s, New Gene & Hair Loss

He who sings, frightens away his ills, said Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. That’s exactly what a new study, conducted by Iowa State University researchers, has found. In this week’s “Did you know” column, we are presenting interesting findings about the relationship between music therapy and Parkinson’s, discovery of a new gene that is responsible for a rare form of hair loss.
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Android’s dark horse champion

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro
$ 1,197
The Good

Amazingly versatile camera • Every feature under the sun • Great battery life • Fast performance

The Bad

Software needs polish • Pricey

The Bottom Line

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the most feature-packed phone you can currently buy.

Mashable Score4.25
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve4.0
Performance5.0
Bang for the Buck4.0

It took a while for Huawei to get here. 

Nothing about the company’s boring smartphone lineup in, say, 2013, indicated that Huawei might one day produce phones that can hold their own against the best flagships around.  Read more…

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Dark Tourist: ‘Fallout 76’s Environmental Storytelling is Full of Rads

Ask any fan of Fallout 4 and they’ll tell you straight — the greatest stories in this series are never spoken, they’re scattered all over a floor somewhere. Though there’s an overabundance of holotapes and notes to scoop up in Fallout 76, there’s also an incredible amount of environmental storytelling here. The sordid stuff that Bethesda’s artists and designers are famous for.

Being the earliest game in the Fallout timeline — set a mere 25 years after the bombs dropped, instead of hundreds of years after — Fallout 76 is filled with the fresh detritus of non-vault folk who tried to eke out a living (and failed). Forget quest-giving NPCs. The world has moved on and you’re waking up to smell the ashes. Only ghost stories remain and they’re told passively to the eagle-eyed Vault-dweller with a detective spirit.

We were one such adventurer. While our three teammates kept to the relative safety of Vault 76 in the north west of Appalachia (read: West Virginia), we set our course to the world’s end in the southeast in search of quality Fallout 76 environmental storytelling. Hideously under-leveled and soiling our Vault-Tec-issued jumpsuit, our one man caravan of courage took us to strange, strange new places…


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Professor Pooch was not in his lab to answer our science-type questions

Paw Intelligence

We’re not five minutes out of Vault 76 when we stumble across an isolated shack in the south east. Upon murdering a pack of skinless dogs we notice something in a nearby dog kennel. “Ruv – 1/2Rguv + Λguv=8πG over c^4 * Tuv” is chalked on the floor, plus there are test tubes and a periodic table pulled inside. We honestly couldn’t tell you why Einstein’s formula for a non-expanding universe interests the kennel’s owner (who may in fact be a mutated super pooch).

Lighthouse to Nowhere

Real-world West Virginia has a navigational aid built in it even though it’s landlocked. We couldn’t tell you why. The Landview Lighthouse makes an appearance in Fallout 76, though, and its uppermost level contained the corpse of a weird cultist named Brother Moncrief.

Seems this zealot has been collecting Firefly goo to light the place up and please The High Priestess. His theory: a goo-powered lighthouse will surely cause “The Great Mothman” to appear.

The Creepy Church in Sutton

Creepy moth-based denominations aside, Appalachia got overly-religious in more mainstream ways elsewhere. We wandered into a town called Sutton and received some very mixed tourist messaging. On the one hand the gates of this ramshackle town / makeshift fort were adorned with a large 666 signs. Beyond the walls and inside the church? A congregation of corpses and the word REPENT carefully written by quite the calligrapher on a wall behind the altar.

We backed out slowly…


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It’s like The Whitehouse and the hotel from The Shining had a baby. An evil one.

The Greenbrier / Whitespring Resort

Bethesda told us this is a major location in the game (and, incidentally, it’s also the actual real-life place where we stayed on our trip to play Fallout 76). Renamed to The Whitesprings Resort for copyright purposes, The Greenbrier Hotel is an oddity in that its stately grounds and decadent halls have been maintained to perfection.

Why? What are the main directives of its small army of friendly Protectron staff? Also, why is the exact ballroom we’re currently sitting in, playing the game on Xbox One X, locked? And what of the real-life nuke bunker that was built under the hotel in 1962 in an effort to house and protect Congress? So many questions…

The Lake Bar

Curiously, we spotted a makeshift bar in the middle of an evaporated lake. Upon entering we were presented with a friendly sign that said “Welcome! Drinks are on me!” Further investigation revealed a dance floor of sorts set up with a jukebox and half-naked mannequins. In the corner, three corpses were sprawled on a loveseat. Each of their skeletal hands hold a bottle of some description.

Radio Tower Last Stand

Much later still, we stumbled across a prominent radio tower in Appalachia that was absolutely swarming with Super Mutants. Upon clearing them out and ascending the tower we spied a trail of human corpses and a locked safe at the top with a note.

Closer inspection revealed a “screw you” note to the green freaks who had almost certainly trapped in the author. He or she detailed where they had flung the safe key (onto an outhouse roof below).

Somewhat illogically, Angry Note Writer also wrote one final jab at the illiterate Mutants. Sick burn.

Earthquake Shriek Shack

At this point in the journey one of our squaddies radioed about some strange goings on in a completely different part of the map. He said he was in the middle of the woods when he heard distant screams. Upon approaching a shack the bloodcurdling shrieks intensified as a localised earthquake rocked the entire location.

Spooked, he ran. Later, at a post-demo dinner we asked a dev about the phenomenon. He was incredibly excited about us finding it and desperately wanted to reveal “the twist.” We declined. It’ll be the first place we revisit in the B.E.T.A…

Huntersville

While sneaking our way through very hostile enemy territory filled with level 30 foes (we’re lowly level 6 scum) a cool location popped into view. The mountainside town of Huntersville welcomed us with open arms, human cages, and bags of gore.

Inside, it’s clear that a serious battle had been waged. It was still going on, too. Super Mutant skirmishers traded bullets with a swarm of Vertibird drones. The pure chaos prevented us from finding out what happened here. We slunk out of range…

Wavy Willards Waterpark

Somewhere up north, another squaddie gave us live reports of a place called Crocolossus Mountain, a funland short on amusement. Think: Zebra rollercoaster cars, rusty water (possibly bloody) and hordes of Scorched park attendees.

We’ll not spoil what he found when he scaled the rollercoaster track up into the giant plastic crocodile’s mouth. Suffice to say somebody – or something – had set up camp up there. His comms went dead as the ingenious homemade traps kicked in.


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Watoga. End of the line. End of your life, too.

Watoga

The end of our journey took us to the southeastern ghost city of Watoga. Unlike The Greenbrier it’s maintained by utterly savage robots who want to exterminate meatbags like us on sight. Our desperate sprint through its suburbs revealed evidence of a last stand made by some Brotherhood of Steel platoon, but discovering answers here is reserved for none but the most high-levelled players.

And that’s just a brief, three hour odyssey into the irradiated for you. As our time ended with Fallout 76 — climactically, as winged level 65 Scorched Beasts did titanic battle with Deathclaws and Mirelurks — we felt satisfied. In our twisted mind, the environmental storytelling of this West Virginian hellscape is just as John Denver once advertised in Country Roads — almost heaven. We can’t wait to explore more come November 14.

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