How to Prevent, Reduce and Remove Dark Under Eye Circles
Nothing makes me feel more tired (and even old!) than seeing dark under eye circles in the mirror in the morning.
Fortunately I know of some sure-fire ways to both prevent and get rid of dark under eye circles.
Although the only instant solution is to cover them up with make up, but that won’t help you in the long-term.
I used to have a bit darker skin underneath my eyes, but it has gotten lighter since I addressed some underlying issues as well as started using this natural eye serum.
Let’s look into what those circles really are and what may be causing them for you.
What Are Dark Under Eye Circles?
I am of course talking about those dark half circles under the eyes, which some even call “panda eyes “. Most people have them to some degree and they mostly come with bags or puffiness under the eyes too. For some people the skin under the eyes has blue-red pigmentation as well.
Dark under eye circles are capillaries – tiny blood vessels – which show through the skin and sometimes get darker than normal.
6 Causes of Dark Circles Under Eyes
There are quite a lot of different things that can cause dark under eye circles, maybe that’s why so many of us have them. Some of the things have directly to do with getting older while others can happen to people of any age.
1. Poor Blood Circulation. When your blood is circulating slower than usual capillaries get darker because of accumulated hemoglobin. This slower circulation can be caused by for example fatigue from sleeping too little or caused by aging.
2. Leaking Capillaries. The circles and blue-red pigmentation can also be caused by leaking of those tiny blood vessels, which mostly is because of rubbing the area and aging.
3. Nutrient Deficiency. Dark circles can also be a sign that there is something wrong in your body, like a nutrient deficiency. A common nutrient to be deficient in especially for women is iron.
4. Loss of Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance in the skin that keeps it youthful, but when you get older this acid is slowly broken down. Without enough hyaluronic acid dark circles can form.
5. Thinning Skin. Another thing caused by aging is the thinning of the skin. When there is less fat plumping up the skin it may get darker and larger blood vessels can start showin.
6. Genetics. Finally your genetics may be the thing messing it up for you if it is common in your family to have very thin skin under the eyes, the skin may appear darker.
3 Tips for Prevention
The best way of avoiding dark under eye circles is of course to prevent them. I try to make sure I do all of these things so that my eye skin stays light throughout my life. Several of the remedies further down can also be used as prevention.
1. Avoid Rubbing. Any touch that is too harsh for the delicate skin around your eyes can cause rupture in the small capillaries which causes leakage of hemoglobin. Avoid rubbing the skin altogether; when drying the skin only dab it gently with the towel and when applying something do so gently with your finger, avoiding touching it with nails or rough skin.
2. Sleep Enough. When sleeping there is a regeneration of sorts going on in your body which keeps up your blood circulation. It is important to get enough deep sleep because that is when the most repairing is happening. I know that sometimes I have a hard time getting to bed in time myself; there is always something more to do. But I make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep most of the time to avoid getting a tired appearance.
3. Eat Healthy. To avoid deficiencies that easily could cause eye circles and premature aging signs it is vital to have a varied, nutritious diet with lots of vegetables and fruits. Also remember to drink lots of water and reduce salt intake to avoid puffy eyes.
4 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Under Eye Circles
Now we are getting to the exciting part; how to reduce dark under eye circles. As I mentioned, getting rid of the dark under eye circles won’t happen over night.
Treat the skin consistently for at least a few months and you’ll start seeing the wonders of natural skin care.
1. Home Remedies
There are plenty of simple home remedies for reducing dark circles, with various degrees of efficacy. Here are a few examples:
- Almond oil, rich in vitamin E and has anti-aging benefits.
- Cold tea bags, like chamomile tea. The tannins in the tea remove discoloration.
- Cucumber slices, it is very refreshing and hydrating, and cucumber does have a lightening effect.
- Slices of avocado, which also is rich in vitamin E.
All of these things can just be put under your eyes, and be removed after at least 15 minutes. I haven’t tried all of them myself so I can’t say if they will work, but it is always worth a try; at the very least you will get some relaxation.
2. Eye Serum
If you find the right eye contour serum you can get rid of dark under eye circles pretty quickly, with the best eye creams it can take about four to eight weeks. It should be a completely natural product; you don’t want any chemicals on your delicate eye skin.
Make sure you look for one with ingredients that are proven effective in reducing dark circles. Especially peptides, which are fragments of proteins, are effective as they help boost blood circulation, thicken the skin and strengthen the capillaries.
It is good to use an eye contour serum just for prevention too, at least that is what I do, and it keeps my eye skin moisturized, smooth and light.
Sometimes a nutrient deficiency can cause dark circles, puffiness and other aging signs to happen around your eyes. A natural multivitamin will help your body get back to normal fairly quickly.
I personally take this multivitamin supplement every single day. It gives me more energy, increases my sense of well-being and keeps me healthy.
It has been shown that even men and women who eat an extremely healthy diet are usually lacking in a few nutrients. The reason is because the nutrients in our food today are extremely depleted.
An effective way of increasing the blood circulation in your whole body is simply to exercise and get that blood pumping. When your blood flow is increased there won’t be dark hemoglobin accumulating under your eyes and you can get rid of those under eye circles.
Make sure you pick an exercise form that you like, because the key here is to exercise consistently. If you exercise once a month, it won’t do much for you. Try dancing, yoga, rock climbing, swimming or whatever strikes your fancy!
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