Dark circles and eye bags: could there be a solution?

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

Teabags, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, cold compress, and cucumber - most likely, you have tried them all. The pesky puffy eyes and skin discolouration under your eyes might leave you feeling self-conscious and hopeless after trying a million home remedies and topical eye creams. Trust me fellow Brits, you are not alone - many people in London, UK, and the rest of the world have the same struggle. Firstly, it is important to consider the root of your beauty concern to treat it effectively.




Causes of dark circles and eye bags.

  • Genetics - dark circles can be hereditary, most likely it appears in other family members as well.

  • Older age - loss of fatty tissue and thinning of the skin around the eye are part of the ageing process. A tear trough is the hollow under your eye that can cause dark circles and is related to ageing.

  • Non-white ethnicity - people with darker skin tones are more prone to dark circles, thought to be due to changes in pigmentation.

  • Poor sleeping habits - sleep deprivation is certainly a contributing factor, as well as your sleeping position. The 'swollen' look could be from fluid pooling under your eyes.

  • Iron deficiency - such as anaemia

  • Smoking

  • Dehydration - if your body is not receiving a sufficient supply of water, the skin beneath your eyes looks dull.

  • Overexposure to sunlight - as melanin increases, this area becomes darker than other skin because it is more sensitive.

  • Frequent rubbing of eye area - called Periorbital Perinosis. The skin around your eye is very delicate and continuous rubbing in this area can break fine blood vessels that leads to pigmentation.

  • Allergies - resembling a bruise this type of discolouration is caused by sinus congestion.

  • Skin conditions such as dermatitis


Medical treatments Undereye bags and dark circles are often accompanied with fine lines, wrinkles, and the infamous crow’s feet. Below we delve into non-surgical treatments for dark circle and eyebags removal that your dermatologist, aesthetics centre or beauty clinic could assist with.

  • Topical Creams

Hyperpigmentation can be reduced with the use of topical bleaching creams and can in some cases make noticeable improvements in 3 months.

  • Topical Vitamin C


Studies note 10% Vitamin C applied topically for 6 months was effective in lightening darkness in the under-eye area.

As a more natural alternative to dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxing substances or in conjunction with them, these under-skin injections of platelet-rich plasma stimulates collagen production and in turn increasing volume in the area.

Also known as the "lunchtime facial treatment", this quick cosmetic treatment is 100% pure Hyaluronic acid that is completely metabolized by your body.

Because our body produces less collagen and elastin as we age, our skin loses shape and strength. This award-winning treatment, Profhilo works by rejuvenating skin laxity. This subcutaneous injection has subtle immediate effects. Your skin appearance is left smoother and brighter. Prevention and 'hacks' for dark circles and under-eye bags. Although at-home remedies have a little visible impact on controlling dark circles and under-eye bags, there might be some preventative measures and hacks to try that is a start to your non-invasive treatment options. These are not always effective solutions but could mildly help with puffiness and discolouration in the under-eye area. It will add volume to the under-eye area by replenishing.

  • Makeup

The best makeup to conceal dark under-eye circles is one that is creamy and matches your skin tone correctly. You might benefit from using a colour corrector as well. Excessive make-up application is also not advised, as it will cause caking in the area.


  • More sleep

Catching up on your sleep will help reduce dark circles. Sleep deprivation can make your skin pale and your dark circles more noticeable. The suggested seven to eight hours of sleep should be enough to minimize the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.

  • More water

Drinking the recommended 8 - 10 glasses of water per day can certainly help. There are 3 main reasons why water seems to assist in this regard: 1) Water helps to flush toxins out of the body.

2) Because it is a mineral-rich liquid, it stimulates blood flow. 3) Consuming H20 hydrates the skin more than any other source.

  • Facials

Facials are a great way to target topical hydration as well as focusing on anti-ageing with the use of active ingredients.

  • Antioxidant skincare products


Whether your dark circles are from too many late nights, or it runs in your family, there are ways to lighten up the discolouration and get rid of excess puffiness. If the truth is told, nobody appreciates looking like they have been socked in the eye.


Bio Aesthetica is an aesthetics clinic situated in the renowned Harley Street in London. We are leaders in the field of natural medicine, specializing in aesthetic rejuvenation. For a personalized treatment plan make a booking with us or leave your details and we will give you a call.

1 Harley Street, London W1G 9QD




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