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How to Get Rid of Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eyes are very common for both women and men. Dark circles age your entire face, make you look tired, and can be difficult to get rid of. However, there are ways to fade and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Read on to discover why dark circles occur and how to get rid of them.

What causes dark circles under the eyes?

Dark circles can occur for a variety of reasons, most commonly either lifestyle related or genetic. The reason for your dark circles will determine the best way to treat them and reduce their appearance. The key causes of dark circles are:

  • Sleep/Fatigue
  • Diet 
  • Natural ageing
  • Pigmentation 
  • Allergies

How do I get rid of dark circles?

The first step to getting rid of dark circles is to determine which of the above is causing them, and treat them accordingly. You can read through the following to help determine the cause and find out the best treatment. 


Lack of sleep is one of the most common causes of dark circles. The good news about dark circles as a result of sleep is that they are almost always temporary, and can be fixed with a good night’s sleep. To treat the immediate appearance of sleep related dark circles, try applying cool eye compresses to your eyes after waking up. A Brightening Eye Serum will also help to instantly revive and illuminate tired eyes.


You might be surprised to learn that diet can cause dark circles to appear under your eyes. Studies show that a diet high in sodium (salt) can contribute to fluid retention in the face, causing puffiness and dark circles. To treat the appearance of diet related dark circles, try tweaking your diet to include less salt. This will help to reduce water retention in your face and even out the appearance of your under eyes. 

Natural ageing

As you get older, the skin under the eyes becomes thinner and loses elasticity. The looser skin can create a shadow under your eyes, giving the appearance of under eye circles. A high quality eye treatment will help to fight the signs of ageing around the eyes, refreshing and reinforcing the skin over time. Our Anti-Ageing Eye Treatment is packed with multi-action age-fighters including the revolutionary SNAP-8™. This lightweight serum lifts and tightens, reduces wrinkle depth, and moisturises the eye area.


Pigmentation under the eyes can occur genetically or over time. To target this kind of pigmentation, we recommend introducing a brightening eye serum into your routine. The esmi Brightening Eye Serum contains a unique blend of plankton extract, active ingredients, and peptides to target dark circles, brightness, and fine lines in the delicate eye area. 


If your eyes feel itchy and irritated, then your dark circles could be related to allergies. The best treatment for allergies will be determined by your doctor, and symptoms should ease once treated.

Tips for preventing dark circles under the eyes

If you know you are prone to developing dark circles under your eyes, the following tips can help you to stay on top of it.

Get a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is a key ingredient for great skin. In fact, a study in the Clinical and Experimental Dermatology Journal found that people who slept seven to nine hours a night had skin that was better able to protect and heal itself.

Introduce anti-ageing to your routine

It is important to introduce anti-ageing skin care to your routine before the first signs of ageing. Proactive skin care will help slow your skin’s ageing, which is much more effective than retroactive skin care. Our Anti-Ageing Eye Serum will directly target dark circles, and can also be used with a Booster Mask and Golden Anti-Ageing Serum for a full anti-ageing routine.

Get an allergen test

If you suspect your dark eye circles may be as a result of allergies, it is worth seeing your doctor to identify exactly what the allergen is so that you can treat it. Allergy medications prescribed by your doctor may also help to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles.

Target pigmentation over time

If your under eye circles are as a result of pigmentation, then you will need to take a long term approach to treating them. Brightening skin can take time. We recommend checking out our article, The Lowdown on All Things Pigmentation for more advice on treating eye circles as a result of pigmentation.

Do you have more questions on how to get rid of your dark circles? We encourage you to get in touch with our skin specialist team to help you get on top of your skin concerns today. Our team will help you create your own free, personalised skin care plan. 

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles