“The most common reason for raccoon eyes is lack of sleep, but late nights followed by early mornings aren’t the only reason.”
Do You Have Raccoon Eyes?
We’re the first to admit that raccoons are adorable little creatures. Though you rarely see them in Australia, you frequently see “raccoon eyes”, those pesky dark circles that appear above your cheeks, making you look tired and older than you are.
Posted: 22 January 14
By Louisa McKay
In this article we will shine a light on under-eye circles: Why you may have them, steps you can take to prevent them, and solutions for stubborn eye discoloration that just won’t go away.
Why well-rested people look so sleepy
The most common reason for raccoon eyes is lack of sleep, but late nights followed by early mornings aren’t the only reason. Other factors include:
Raccoon eyes for the over 40’s
Raccoon eyes are a particular problem for women over forty. As her age increases, a woman’s circulation decreases, causing blood to pool under the eyes. As blood accumulates, it can burst capillaries.
The skin surrounding your eyes is thinner than on any other part of your body. When under-eye capillaries burst, the deep red and purple is extremely visible.
Concealers can help cover up raccoon eyes, but why not deal with the problem at the source?
5 ways to stop raccoon eyes in their tracks
As with many things related to health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you don’t yet have raccoon eyes or are just beginning to see the start of dark under-eye circles, there are several things you can do to halt the process.
Look for eye creams that contain Vitamin K, which has been shown to be effective in combatting raccoon eyes. Vitamin K
In an article for Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology published in 2008, Dr Tsuyoshi Mitsuishi reported moderate improvement of dark under-eye circles in study participants who used a topical application that contained two-percent Vitamin K and other vitamins.
3 solutions for stubborn raccoon eyes
There are almost as many solutions for dark under-eye circles as there are causes. Let’s look at several of the most popular:
If you’re not certain what to do about your raccoon eyes, consult a professional. That way you’ll have expert advice to guide you.