Many clients visit our medical skin spa in search of ways to reduce the appearance or dark circles. This unsightly darkening of the under eye area is an issue that plagues men and women of all ages. There are a variety of causes including aging, lifestyle choices and heredity that make this delicate area of our face darken and age our overall appearance.

A few of these causes are:
• Inadequate sleep
• Smoking
• Sun damage
• Hyperpigmentation
• Alcohol consumption
• Caffeine intake
• Thinning skin
• Loss of volume

Here are three excellent ways to reduce dark circles and look fresher, no matter your age.

1. Avoid Bad Habits

One of the most important things to eliminate from your lifestyle is smoking. It reduces oxygen flow to your cells and causes collagen breakdown. Cutting down on the consumption of sugar, caffeine and alcohol will also help diminish dark circles. If you have allergies, try to avoid rubbing your eyes. Antihistamines can help lessen allergy symptoms so you will be less inclined to rub this sensitive area.

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2. Boost Collagen Production

One of the natural side effects of aging is the breakdown of collagen. As this occurs, the veins and capillaries in the under eye area start to show through the skin, making the area even darker. Use rich serums and eye creams that hydrate and boost collagen production to help combat further damage.  Eat foods rich in antioxidants to help reduce the inflammation that leads to the breakdown of this essential protein. Drink adequate amounts of water every day and reduce the sodium in your diet, as it can slow circulation and cause water retention.

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3. Get Fillers

If you would like to avoid surgery, dermal fillers provide a non-invasive solution for dark circles and the hollowing of the under eye area. Fillers composed of hyaluronic acid are ideal, including Juvéderm, Belotero and Restylane. Radiesse is another great filler that helps reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Visit our medical skin spa in person to discover more anti-aging and beauty services that will make you look your very best.


Dr. Ryan Stanton is a fully credentialed board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon focusing on cosmetic plastic surgery in Beverly Hills, California. He has been featured in national and international media, including: TLC’s “Plastic Wives”, The Doctors Show, Discovery Channel, Montel Williams, Women’s Entertainment Network, CBS, Fox, & KTLA News, Fitness, In, Star and Gala Magazines.