Why are we plagued with dark circles that tell a sorry tale? Genetics, mostly. Aging can also cause volume depletion under the eyes, resulting in the stuff of bad skincare dreams: hollowed-out shadows.
Others, particularly those with thin, pale skin, have superficial blood vessels which reveal a reddish-purple hue. Allergies are also to blame, because irritation leads to frequent eye rubbing which may thicken and darken the area.
Prevention is better than a cure
While you can’t press ctrl, alt + Z on dark, under-eye circles, you can minimize them.
Get enough shut eye and put down the Olivia Pope-sized wine glass. Too much alcohol and salt leads to water retention, swelling the under eye area and magnifying your circles. Sleep on an extra pillow to drain the fluid that can build up around the eyes while you’re lying down. If you still see puffiness in the morning, try a cold compress or something like skyn ICELAND’s Hydra Cool Firming Eye Gels.