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.


The best solution to skin problems: pigmentation treatment

It takes the best pigmentation cures to restore your skin’s radiant beauty. Are you a candidate for skin pigmentation treatment?

Dubai enjoys lovely sunny weather for most parts of the year. The air is crisp and full of promise – but the sunlight is undoubtedly harsh! The hot sunlight can add years to your skin – it strips the moisture off your precious skin, accelerates ageing, and causes age spots, rashes and fine lines to appear. If you’re not careful, you can soon become a much older-looking version of yourself.

Most skin problems are at the surface but their solution lies deep within. Age spots, freckles, patches and uneven complexion are all categorised under skin pigmentation. However, sometimes internal factors such as hormonal changes and one’s genetic make-up are also responsible for it. Some women’s skin is simply prone to patches and freckles. But whatever the reason for it, there is always a skin pigmentation remedy you can try.

Some women trust natural remedies to rectify the situation. Many substances found in the kitchen may indeed repair and rejuvenate the skin and reduce pigmentation. Masks and peels made from fresh fruits and vegetables, or simple beauty fixes such as consuming vegetable juices or smoothies, apart from sipping water at regular intervals, will all ensure that skin pigmentation is reduced and eliminated.

But if the problem is a persistent one, you might need to seek a dermatologist’s help in eliminating it. An experienced dermatologist will study the issue before prescribing a treatment suited to your skin type and tone. The best skin care clinics in Dubai prescribe treatments for skin affected by sun damage, pollution, weather changes and lifestyle disorders. The scars and signs of damage are effectively eliminated with a combination of diet changes and treatments to abet the skin’s natural repair and renewal process.

Skin care clinics can prescribe pigmentation reducing peels that lighten and remove the stubborn signs of skin pigmentation. These peels are sufficient for surface pigmentation. However, deeper damage needs a more intense approach. The dermatologist will recommend a different course of action over a period of sessions to resurface, hydrate and repair the skin’s damage.

Meanwhile, you can help your skin combat the signs of damage with a few remedial measures of your own. Try these simple measures for optimum skin health:

  • Daily exercise, to rev up blood circulation and the flow of oxygenated blood to the skin.
  • Deep tissue massages, to stimulate the skin from within and help eliminate toxins.
  • Drinking green tea or chamomile tea every day to fight oxidants and free radicals that damage the skin.
  • Eating nutritious, fresh cooked food every day to settle digestion issues and optimise skin health. Stay away from fizzy drinks, alcohol, red meat and excess sweets to eliminate skin problems.
  • Follow a cleansing-toning-moisturising routine for the skin every day. Remove make-up and perfume before going to bed.
  • Sleep for at least seven hours every night and wake up to glowing skin in the morning.

What you must know about your skin

Approaching a skin care clinic for your skin’s problems is a good idea, but knowing your skin’s type and composition comes first.

Every woman worries about her skin. The first reason for worry comes in the teenage years, when acne and oiliness make their appearance. Fighting off pimples and acne and getting a smooth complexion then becomes a long battle that draws on for many years. Several women report adult acne, oily and dull skin and even age spots and patches as they age.

It turns out that the desire for beautiful, even complexion remains a distant dream for many – and for avoidable reasons. It might seem shocking to note, but many women are unclear about their skin type and what their skin needs to be healthier. Lack of this knowledge prompts them to try every available skin care product, often with disappointing results. The rule of thumb in skin care is: What works for one may not work for another!

Hence, before you rush to the skin care clinic to get a permanent ‘fix’ for your skin care problem, it is important to know a few facts about your skin to get the most out of your appointment:

Your skin has a type. Normally, the major types of skin are Normal, Dry, Oily and Combination. It is easy enough to know your skin type if you observe it minutely with seasonal changes. Oily skin is the easiest to diagnose, since it reveals itself with excess sebum secretion. Meanwhile, normal skin remains relatively free of skin problems despite changes in weather, diet and other factors. Dry skin does not develop pimples and acne easily, but becomes extra taut during cold weather.

Your skin can behave differently from others’. Just because a certain skin care cream works on your friend’s fine lines, it may not produce the same results for you. Your skin is probably composed differently from your friend’s, hence it responds differently to the same skin care product. Your skin might age faster and be less hydrated, or it may have healthier tissues. An experienced dermatologist can tap the problem areas of your skin.

Your skin’s health depends entirely on you. There is no point buffing your skin and slathering on the best creams, lotions and serums if you have not taken one important step: ensuring your skin’s good health. Your skin is a mirror of internal body rhythms, your diet, your lifestyle and whether it is able to eliminate toxins through sweat. Several acts of omission on your part – from not drinking enough water every day to not getting adequate sleep – can cause problems for your skin that no OTC creams can set right.

Your skin is affected by every kind of stress. We often notice only the major stresses in our lives – emotional, physical and psychological – but there are many others that take a toll on the skin as well. Anything can stress the skin: from too much air conditioning at work, to an unfriendly fabric of your new dress, and from a perfume you use to an increase in dry weather. These stresses actively strip away the skin’s moisture, hasten the ageing process and slow down the skin’s renewal process. Meditating, exercising and sleeping well will reduce the stress in your life.

Approach a good skin care clinic to diagnose what ails your skin, and how to rectify its many problems. An experienced dermatologist can recommend the right course of treatment for your skin so that you enjoy healthy skin and all its bounties for years to come.