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A: First, it is important to understand possible reasons for your dark circles. Unfortunately, genetics is the biggest culprit. Age is another factor. Over time, skin loses collagen and thins, so veins show through more prominently.  Seasonal allergies are to blame for many people. “They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn inflame blood vessels and cause swelling,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston.
If your circles are the result of vascular issues, double up on pillows at night to stop blood from building up under your eyes. In the morning, apply a cold compress for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels. For allergy-induced circles, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before allergies begin to abate shadows.  And, last, if thin skin is the issue, use a collagen-building cream, like retinol! We carry a couple retinol options so stop by and speak to one our medical providers to determine what is best for you!
Credit: Realsimple.com – “7 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes”

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