Let’s Get Rid Of Those Dark Circles

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Ugh— those late-night studies have definitely caught up this semester and our dark circles are showing it. What even are dark circles? They lay underneath men and woman’s eyes due to many causes that are done on a daily basis, you may not even recognize.


Not drinking enough water alone should be a crime. When you don’t give your body the proper amount of water, it affects the skin under your eyes, making them dull and sunken. This creates a dark look under your eyes that forms circles due to it lying close to the bone underneath. 

Eye Strain

Those Zoom sessions this past year have definitely caused you to strain your eyes — for that matter, staring at any technology screen will cause you to strain your eyes. When this occurs, blood vessels around the eye will become large and the skin surrounding your eye can dark — creating those ugly dark circles.


Spring is here! Meaning, here comes the sniffles with the pollen surfacing in the air. The urge to itch or rub the eye area can cause inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels that result in shadows by the undereye area. Any allergic reaction will create your body to release histamines to fight the bacteria. Histamines cause the blood vessels to dilate and become more visible which also makes dark circles under your eyes.

Sleep Deprivation 

This may be considered one of the biggest underlying causes of dark circles— you’re not getting enough sleep! Staying up too late to the point you are not reaching 8 hours of sleep can make the skin become dull and pale. Blood vessels, as well as dark tissue, will show underneath the skin on the surface.

Let’s Fix It 

The products that will help cure those ugly marks under your eyes can vary from every type of price range. Lucky for you, VALLEY has gathered the best products for the best prices!

Starting with The INKY List Brighten-i EYE Cream — it combines cosmetics with skincare to reduce the appeal of dark circles and can be used on all skin types. This product retails for $9.99 and can be found here

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The next product is called DetoxifEYEY by Pixi. They are eye patches that help reduce the under-eye dark areas as well as puffiness and make them smooth with sets of hydrogel eye patches. This item retails for $24.00 and can be found here.

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The last VALLEY recommendation for dark under eyes is the glow & get it cooling and brightening eye balm from Tula. The cooling method behind this product is to hydrate those dark circles that help eliminate any fine lines that surround your eye. It helps refresh your look and can be found here for $28.00.

Photo from tula.com

Let us know if you try any of these products or home remedies that help diminish your dark circles by tagging @VALLEYmag on Instagram and Twitter!

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