Everything You Need to Know About Dark Circles

According to an article in Arab News, Saudi Customs revealed that cosmetics exceeding SR 2.3 billion were imported to the country in 2015. The weight of these imported cosmetics was around 44.6 million kg, says the article. The overall cosmetic market in Saudi Arabia is estimated at around SR 60 billion. The annual estimated growth of this market stands at 11%, while the number of cosmetic surgery clinics in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow 10-fold by 2020. The Middle East’s share of cosmetics accounts to 20% of the global market, with Saudi Arabia being the top consumer in the region. According to statistics, an average Saudi woman spends around SR15,000 annually on beauty products. Women who are financially independent spend about 70%-80% of their salary on cosmetic products. Working class women are more inclined to use such products because of they find it more empowering to always look their best when going out into the professional world.

Dark circles are a longstanding beauty problem among women all over the world and Saudi Arabia is no different. Women have been wanting to know how to remove dark circles and look fresh since time immemorial. However, to remove a problem from its very roots, you first need to know its causes.

What are dark circles?

Dark circles or dark shadows under the eye are caused by blood vessels that are visible through the skin. The skin around the eye is the thinnest in the body, with a thickness of around 0.5mm, as compared to 2mm in other areas of the body. When large veins are closer to the surface of the skin, it can produce a bluish tint when blood passes through them, which then appears as an area that is darker than the surrounding skin.

Causes of dark circles

The most common causes of these undereye shadows are:

  • Apart from dark circles themselves, thinner skin is also an inherent trait, which causes the dark colour to be more prominent.
  • Conditions like allergies, asthma, eczema, etc, which causes the eyes to itch, can contribute or exacerbate the situation.
  • Some medications that lead to dilation of blood vessels.
  • Anemia or lack of nutritious meals can also lead to this problem.
  • Other lifestyle issues, such as smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine, long working hours, excessive use of computers, lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet can all lead to this condition.

Eating healthy and nutrient rich food, avoiding smoking and getting enough sleep can be some preventive measure, in case you have been wondering how to remove dark circles. However, if the problem persists, it is advisable to consult a good skin clinic.

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