What is really
causing your
dark circles

"The eyes tell more than words could ever say" - unknown

We all know the best concealer to mask our dark circles but we would rather want to have them gone.

Dark circles can be common in both men & women. It can also often be accompanied with puffiness that is referred to as bags. Both can make you appear older than you are.

It can be hard to get rid of dark circles but in order to find improvement we need to get to the root problem.

Tiny broken capillaries are what cause the dark patches to become visible. When the skin is more fragile and thin it will show the ‘shadow’ more predominantly.

Of course, health, lifestyle & genetics also play a factor in the appearance of your dark circles. With a holistic approach we can eliminate them.

Everyday factors

It’s not just the party animals who suffer from dark circles. We have to identify what is causing your dark circles.


The Human Body is 80 percent water, we are basically cucumbers with anxiety. More of your blood will get directed to our organs when we get stressed. This means your face looks drained, making your dark circles appear more noticeable. Remember I mentioned that dark circles are broken capillaries? Stress can cause the fragile capillaries to break.

Iron deficiencies:

Anaemia might be a cause for your dark circles. When there is low iron in your blood, the haemoglobin that carries oxygen can breakdown more easily. This will result in the under eyes appearing dark or bruised. Be sure to maintain iron levels by eating red meat, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.


Dark circles will become more prominent and visible when you are sleep deprived.

Lack of sleep can cause fluids to build-up underneath your eyes. This will make your eyes appear puffy.

Rubbing your eyes:

The most sensitive and fragile area of skin on the face is the skin around the eyes. The capillaries can easily break and leak. Avoid rubbing your eyes in any way that could break the capillaries.

Wearing heavy frame glasses:

Because of the weight from the frame on a delicate area, it could possibly lead to broken capillaries = dark circles. Looking at the television or computer for long periods of time can also cause strain on your eyes. This can cause the capillaries to become enlarged causing your skin to appears darker.


Factors like age, genetics and dehydration also have contributing effects on the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Be sure drink plenty of water, be mindful of what you eat and be aware of how you treat your eyes.

Easy at home treatment

Vitamin B Complex

Blood vessels and capillaries are strengthened with B vitamins.

Vitamin C

Free-radicals will damage and weaken the skin and cause it to become thinner and more translucent, making your dark circles appear more visible. Vitamin C will help fight off these damaging free-radicals and assist with the appearance.

Eye treatment:

You need to reinforce and help strengthen the fragile capillaries. By using a product that is light with a clever complex to strengthen and brighten the skin under your eyes.

Cold compress:

Cold compress can help reduce swelling and shrink dilated capillaries. This can assist with the appearance of your dark circles and puffiness.

      • Soak a few cotton pads in water, pop them into the freezer for a few hours (make sure to separate them individually and not stack them), and apply to your under eyes for 15 minutes. Repeat the process if the cotton pads melt or become warm.
      • Alternatively cold black or green tea bags can be used as it contains caffeine and antioxidants that help stimulate your blood circulation and shrinking your dilated capillaries. Apply cold tea bags for 15minutes, rinse your skin with clean water once you remove the tea bags.

Most often dark circles and puffiness are temporary as it is an indication of aging or lack of sleep. Although there are many at home remedies that can assist in the appearance of your dark circles and puffiness, if the appearance worsens over time it is best advised to schedule a doctor or dermatologist appointment.