A common phenomenon amongst members of the population (especially women because if we’re being honest men do not care or pay as much attention), dark circles have become an almost standard cosmetic woe. Dark circles form under the eyes rather easily because the eye under the skin is quite sensitive to even the slightest physiological activities and any changes that happen, as a result, show almost immediately under the eyelids as dark circles.
Dark circles appear for varying reasons including modifiable factors like imbalances in our diet, stress, lack of good sleep and poor sleep habits, oversleeping, smoking, overexposure to sunlight, dehydration; health-related factors such as allergies (allergic rhinitis), rapid weight loss around the face (thinning under the eyelids), dermatitis, hyperpigmentation (from increased melanin production), anemia, and thyroid pathologies; or even the uncontrollable factors like genes and aging. And even though they are not often a source of major worry, they do put a dent in our attempts at making faces appear perfect.
Habits that can help you remove dark circles from under your eyes
Since a lot of the time, dark circles appear as a result of poor habits and correctable activities, it is important to know what you can do on a frequent basis to remove or reduce the appearance of dark circles around your eyelids.
As earlier stated, the skin around the eyes is very sensitive to physiologic activities and dynamics in the body. Imbalance of certain nutrients can lead to the accumulation of oxidants that can cause the darkening of the skin under the eyes.
Also very important is the blood coagulation system as a possible cause of dark circles is a result of an accumulation of fluid in the skin under the eyes and if the coagulation cascade is properly functioning through the commission is minimal not to forget the importance of iron, folate, and cobalamins (Vitamin B12) in general blood cell functioning and oxygenation of tissues to keep them healthy-looking.
This informs that proper diet to prevent, control and remove dark circles should contain foods that provide a good amount of multivitamins especially Vitamin K for coagulation control, Vitamin B12, Folate, and Iron. Foods rich in Folate and vitamin K include green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts, fruits and vegetables of all kinds will provide vitamins in a wide range and dietary supplementation for vitamins is also very necessary.
Red meat and offals along with some vegetables will provide a good source of iron, Vitamin C supplementation will help improve Iron absorption. Dark chocolate is also very helpful as it is rich in flavonoids that will protect against UV radiation and its effects on the skin. Omega’s 3 6 and 9 are also very essential and they can be found in fish like cod and salmon and fish oils.
It is also essential that you make sure that you know all your food allergies and avoid them to the best of your abilities as allergic reactions are a major cause of dark circle formation. Drink a lot more water. Dehydration has been linked to the formation of dark circles. Also, reduce the amount of salt in your food as sodium has also been linked to the formation of eye bags and dark circles as it causes fluid accumulation in tissue.
Improve Sleeping Habits:
One of the daily activities that our eyes and the skin around it respond most sensitively to sleep. Therefore, our sleeping habits can quite greatly determine the frequency of the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. You should strive to attain at least eight hours of sleep every day.
Sleep improves circulation around the body, making sure that the capillaries don’t get weary and cause the formation of fluid especially in tissues like that under the eyelid. when you sleep capillaries accumulate fluid and lymphatics release fluids into the capillaries.
Once you have a shower after sleeping, the “puffiness” is resolved completely. However, removal of the sleep factor takes away the completeness of this process and it is stunted allowing the fluid to just sit in those spaces causing dark circles to form. You also want to make sure that you sleep on your back or on your side, this prevents pooling of fluid in the loose tissue in spaces like the eyelids as that is a frequent factor leading to dark circle formation. Gravity can not be made to stop so it’s best you work with it in your favor.
Improve and Maintain your Skincare Routine:
- There are, in fact, so many skin-care related activities that you can imbibe in your day-to-day that will improve the skin on your face around your eyes and reduce your susceptibility to dark circles.
- You want to use sunscreen as exposure to UV radiation has been linked to the formation of dark circles as exposure to UV radiation breaks down collagen in the skin causing increased aging of the skin.
- You want to use an eye cream that contains vitamins K and A as these improve blood circulation and protection against UV radiation to prevent collagen breakdown.
- Moisturize your skin at least twice daily. This prevents dehydration which in turn helps avoid eye bag formation and dark circle formation.
- Other activities that can improve your skin-care include proper removal of makeup (don’t go to bed with makeup on, that’s just bad for you) and washing your face the right way with warm water (hot water irritates the tissue on your skin causing inflammatory reactions which include fluid accumulation which in turn causes puffiness and dark circle formation).
Other habits that can help reduce the appearance of dark circles: proper exercising, regular use of prescribed allergy medication, controlled to zero smoking and alcohol consumption.
Home Remedies for Dark Circles.
Truth be told, with all the information that has been given to prevent/reduce susceptibility to dark circle formation you might still have a case to deal with and if you were wondering how to handle present cases we have a couple of cheap home remedies that you can use.
A 10-minute cold Compress applied twice a day (morning and evening) will improve circulation and rejuvenate the skin under your eyelids, taking care of eye bags and dark circles.
We have seen this a lot in movies and displays of spa treatment commercials. Cucumbers have lightening and astringent properties and using them as a cold compress will greatly improve the skin around your eyelids. Cut cucumbers into thick slices and refrigerate for 30 minutes and place them on your eyelids for 10 minutes and wash your face with warm water after.
Milk is a good source of Vitamin A and folate, this can greatly improve the skin around your eyelids. Soak cotton balls in cold milk and squeeze out excess place cotton balls on eyes for 20 minutes on wash off your face after with warm water. Do this 2-4 times a week
Honey and Lemon Juice:
Honey is known for its great antioxidant properties and it also contains polyphenols that inhibit tyrosinase activity and hence slow down pigmentation. Lemon juice, in turn, is known for its vitamin C content which is both anti-pigmentary and collagen replenishing causing an anti-aging like phenomenon. A tablespoon of honey mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice used once a day can rapidly reduce dark circles. This can be continued after dark circles have cleared, however, lemon juice would not be prescribed and frequency might be reduced to twice a week.
Potatoes contain azelaic acid this also inhibits tyrosinase activity hence reducing pigmentation. 1-2 tablespoons of potato chips applied to the eyelids twice a week and rinsed off with cold water should do wonders.
Cold Tea Bags:
The caffeine left in tea bags after they’ve been used is known to cause constriction of blood vessels reducing fluid accumulation. Place cold tea bags on your eyes after they have been used for 10 minutes and wash your face with warm water.
Rosewater is a great moisturizer and toner with mild astringent properties they come together to rejuvenate the skin. Apply rosewater on cotton balls on your skin around your eyelids for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water, you might want to mix with milk for added benefits.
A great moisturizer that is rich in Vitamin E that is known for its antioxidant properties, and lactic acid that increases skin elasticity. Just massage coconut oil on your eyelids before you go to bed in a clockwise motion.
Aloe vera is also a good moisturizer and it contains antioxidants that can improve the quality of your skin and its elasticity. Rub aloe vera on the skin around your eyelids and leave for 10 minutes. You do not need to wash off if you don’t feel like and it’s not sticky
Sweet Almond Oil:
Known for its emollient properties, Almond Oil is used to make sure that blood vessel to not show up on the surface of your skin as well as improve your skin tone. three drops of almond oil on cotton balls should be applied on dark circles before you sleep and washed off in the morning with warm water.
Argan oil is another natural oil rich in Vitamin E and tocopherols. Massage a small quantity until your eyelids before you sleep and rinse off with warm water in the morning when you wake.
Proanthocyanidins contained in rosehip oil are known to have anti melanogenic properties. this will reduce pigmentation around the eyelids and reduce dark circle formation. Mix rosehip oil and coconut oil and apply onto cotton pads and place on eyes before you go to bed remove and rinse off when you wake up in the morning.
Tomato juice is rich in phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties. It also contains lycopene which is known to be able to remove the redness of inflammation which contributes to dark circle formation. A tomato blended with some lemon juice applied under the eyelids once or twice a week will greatly help remove dark circles.
Orange juice is rich in vitamin C which is very essential in collagen formation and collagen formation helps to slow down the aging process which in turn reduces the formation of dark circles. A mixture of orange juice and glycerine applied with cotton pads will improve the skin around your eyelids.
- Tumeric: Tumeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A blend of turmeric and pineapple juice applied under the eyelids for 10 minutes and rinsed off with warm water will provide excellent results.
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