Dark Circles

It's frustrating to wake up in the morning and look into the mirror only to find a raccoon staring back at you! Dark circles, also called raccoon's eyes and bags under the eyes are blue or dark purple blemishes that shadow the eye area. Dark circles are one of the biggest cosmetic complaints among women and thousands of cosmetics companies cash in on products that battle this very blemish.

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Because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on our bodies, the veins and capillaries show through skin and the natural shadows are visible. This shadow effect makes you look extremely exhausted and years older than you're actual age. To remove dark circles, try using concealers, powders or skin care products that contain Vitamin K.

Dark circles are most commonly caused by lack of sleep, but in addition, ageing, heredity, fatigue, allergies (like eczema and asthma), sun exposure and stress can darken the pigment around the eyes as well. Many studies have shown that smoking or drinking too much alcohol, coffee, soda and other highly-caffeinated beverages will only worsen dark circles.

Eye creams are the most popular cosmetic used to reduce dark circles. They provide moisturize and nutrients to the delicate skin around eyes. Because this skin is so thin it absorbs eye creams rapidly, stimulating blood circulation underneath the skin's surface. Concealer is another type of cosmetic that can diminish the appearance of dark circles. When choosing a concealer, pick one that's two shades lighter than your natural skin color. For darker skin tones, a yellow-based concealer is ideal to counteract the blue color of your dark circles.

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