Get Rid of Dark Circles Undereyes Naturally: 7 Effective Tips
Most people think that dark under-eye circles are caused by staying up late watching monster movies, or having that last drink the night before, or sitting up with your laptop trying to finish the quarterly report. Most people think that their behavior is somehow linked to dark under eye circles.
Dark circles under the eyes tend to age us more than wrinkles or gray hair. Discoloration of the under eye skin affects many of us from time to time. For others, the dark circles can persist as a long term feature, sometimes as a result of an illness, but often as a result of allergies, inadequate sleep, and even heredity.
Whatever the cause, you can still minimize the appearance of dark circles under your eyes; in some cases, you’ll even be able to remove the circles completely. There are a variety of treatments available that can remedy the condition, and most are relatively non-invasive.
Causes of Dark Under Eye Circles:
Dark circles under the eyes can result from many different causes. Dark undereye circles are an inherited trait related to bone structure and skin pigment. Facial bone structure that produces the appearance of deep-set eyes also contributes to the appearance of shadowed undereye circles.
Veins around the eyes are more prominent on individuals with pale skin, and this can accentuate dark undereye circles. For some people, exposure to the sun can lead to excessive melanin production in the area under the eyes, which also results in dark circles under the eyes.
How Dark Under Eye Circles are Like Bruises:
When something hits you, blood vessels are traumatized and sometimes broken. Blood leaks out into the surrounding skin. Your body begins the mopping-up process, and you see a dark, purplish or blue-black discoloration.
So, as you can see, dark under-eye circles are very similar to bruises. The same mechanisms produce them. Why are dark under-eye circles so visible?
Why are Dark Under Eye Circles So Visible?
It’s quite possible that capillaries all over your body are leaking small amounts of blood all the time (I don’t know if this is true or not). But the reason dark under-eye circles are so apparent is this: the skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest, most delicate skin of your entire body. The capillaries are much closer to the surface of the skin there. Many people’s skin is not only thinner around the eyes, but also more translucent.
The combination of capillaries near the skin’s surface and translucent skin makes this discoloration much more apparent. And that’s why you have those dark under-eye circles staring back at you in the mirror.
Things You’ll Need:
- Healthy foods
- Vitamin supplements (optional, discuss with doctor)
- Cosmetics (optional)
- Natural ingredients for home remedies (cucumber, tea bags, salt, baking soda, etc.)
- Soft face washer, small towel
- Eye cover or mask for total relaxation
Dark Under Eye Circles Remedies:
Reduce the puffiness and lighten your circles with these all natural solutions.
- For starters, be sure you are getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
- What you eat counts! Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and make sure you are getting all your vitamins and minerals. Be sure to get plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially cabbage, spinach, and other leafy greens. Eat at least 2 cups of organic fresh spinach everyday. Additionally, eat a handful of raw almonds (unsalted and unroasted) between meals. Avoid salty foods, as salt causes the body to retain water, which equals bloating and puffiness that is particularly noticeable under the eye.
- Asian pear is a juicy and crunchy fruit that has long been prized by Chinese herbalists as a way to lighten under-eye circles. Asian (or Fuji) pears are packed with copper and vitamin C, antioxidant nutrients that help protect you from cellular damage caused by free radicals. When free radicals damage enough skin cells, signs of aging begin to appear. Copper is an essential component of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that attacks these harmful agents when they enter the body via air pollution and other toxins.
- Treat your skin while you sleep. Just before bed, lightly wet a washcloth with cold water and place over your eyes as you sleep. By morning, you should see an improvement.
- Apply cucumber slices or cool tea bags to your eyes. Cucumber slices are famous for their ability to reduce puffiness, and the tannin in tea bags has been found to reduce swelling and discoloration. Lie down, close your eyes, and place fresh cucumber slices or cool, damp caffeinated tea bags over your eyes for about ten minutes every day.
- Gently apply almond oil under your eye every morning and evening until you see improvement.
- Avoid smoking, as it causes vascular problems that not only threaten your health, but also make your blood vessels appear more prominent under the skin.
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Advice for Dark Under Eye Circles:
- Be careful about the type of teabag you use. If you have allergies, a chamomile tea bag may cause your eyes to swell. Avoid herbal tea bags and stick with regular tea that contains tannin.
- Avoid scented cosmetic products.
- Avoid any concealers or creams that contain salicylic or glycolic acid. These can upset delicate eye tissue and may make you look like a panda.
- Do not apply ice or extremely cold water directly to the skin around the eyes for more than a few seconds.
- Be patient rather than disappointed if you don’t get immediate results. It may take a while for the dark circles to disappear, especially if you need to make dietary and sleep changes.
- If you use a cold spoon, do not put it in the freezer and then place it directly under your eyes. Your vision can get blurry, and you might have a slight headache.
- Make sure you are not allergic to any of these methods before using them.