Dark circles under eyes are a common beauty problem.
These under eye dark circles give us an appearance of tiredness or illness.
They make us to feel worse and are rather detrimental to our self esteem.
What are dark circles under eyes?
The skin below our eyes is very thin and is sparsely dotted with oil glands unlike the skin on rest of the body.
Due to various reasons the skin under the eyes becomes thin and dry. Veins below eyes appear prominently when the under eye skin becomes dry and thin. This lends the area a dark appearance.
What causes dark circles under eyes?
There are various reasons which cause dark circles. Few of them have been listed below.
If others in your family have dark circles then there are fair chances of you getting dark circles under eyes. The thinness of under eye skin is a hereditary character.
The thin under eye skin reveals dark veins underneath and appears as dark circles under eyes.
If you are more prone to allergies like itching of skin which is inherited then dark circles under eyes may be caused due to rubbing and inflammation of under eye skin.
Causes of Dark Circles
Firstly let’s get down to some of the basic causes of dark circles.
1. Lack of proper intake of water
It is important to flush out toxins from your body constantly and store them lest they harm you. Start with atleast 10-12 glasses of water in your daily intake.
2. Haemoglobin Levels
You need to also check on internal problems with regards to your haemoglobin levels and get an appointment with your doctor to see if there is any internal weakness for which you may have to take vitamin supplements. This, however, can also be substituted with a high protein and balanced diet.
3. Genetic causes
Many times, the reason for dark circles may be genetic and not be directly related to your nutritional intake. In such a case, you will not be able to get rid of them completely but once worked on properly, will definitely be able to reduce them drastically.
For the night owls who party hard, smoke or drink, dark circles are bound to appear. Balance out your lifestyle and get proper rest.
Most people who are very stressed out also have sleep problems. Either they suffer from disturbed sleep and toss and turn or due to incessantly thinking don’t get to sleep. They often wake up groggy in the morning.
6. Lack of proper diet
Junk, preservative-heavy food and lack of fresh salads and adequate nourishing food in your diet will also cause the skin to look sallow and give you dark circles.
7. Prolonged illness
When recovering from a long illness, dark circles could begin to appear due to internal weakness.
8. Computer hours
Long hours in front of the computer can be harrowing for the eyes and can lead to eye stress and dark circles. Cup your eyes in your palms every hour to relax eye muscles and improve blood circulation.
Tips for Dark eye Circles
How to get rid of dark circle under eyes is the question that arises in your mind when you are suffering from under eye dark circles. Here are solutions for under eye dark circles
1.Concealing the dark circles around eyes through make up techniques.
2.Avoiding use of bleach or peels to make the dark circles around eyes light.
3.Treat the cause of illness mentioned above.
4.Sleep for sufficiently long hours to prevent formation of dark circles under eyes.
5.Do not scratch the under eye skin.
6.Diet, which is rich in nutrients helps to remove dark circles around eyes.
7.Lightly tap the under eye skin with one or two fingers to
8.Increase the blood circulation.
Ayurveda treatment for dark circles under eyes
Accumulation of toxins in body cause dark circles.The ayurveda treatment for dark circle consists of two steps.
2.Skin rejuvenation .
Top Ten Home remedies for Dark circles under eye
1. Grate cucumber and squeeze fresh juice out of gratings. Dip two cotton balls in it and keep these cotton balls on eyes. This relaxes eyes and relieves tiredness of eyes. Considered as the best remedy for under eye dark circles.
2. The above process has been found to be effective when done using potato.
3. Apply a paste of lemon juice, tomato puree, orange lentil flour (masoor dal ) and turmeric powder (if you are not allergic to it) on under eye dark circles. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off.
4. Drink plenty of water (more than 15 glasses)
5. Eat fresh fruits, green vegetables which are rich in fiber.
6. Sleep well at least for 7-8 hrs daily.
7. Reduce stress levels by practicing yoga and meditation. Pranayama reduces dark circles and increases glow of skin.
8. Avoid sweets and chocolates.
9. Dip two cotton balls in rose water and place them on your eyes, covering dark circles.
10. Keep thin cold cucumber slices on eyes when your eyes are too tiered.
5 Natural Home Remedies to Remove Dark Circles
Even some of the most stunning women often have to resort to concealers and make-up to hide their dark circles.
Not only do these under-eye circles make you look much older than what you actually are, but they also have you looking ill or unhealthy.
Before we even begin this natural journey, let me tell you that dark circles take time to cure and require great discipline.
A regular skin and health care program should be followed, by the book, so do not expect magic to happen overnight.
So how do we combat them? How do we look younger and most of all how do we even out our complexion?
For all of you who have internal problems, whether it is weakness, bad diet or irregular lifestyles, you know exactly how to change it. Lessen stress in your life by incorporating yoga, meditation or even a hobby at least three times a week into your life. This will change the way you look and feel.
Vitamin supplements are often needed and I would recommend Vitamin B & C which help repair and improve the skin texture.
Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, kiwi fruits, apricots and melons have high contents of Vitamin C and should be included in your diet.
You can also follow the following skin care tips that help reduce panda eyes in no time at all:
Mix coconut oil and almond oil and massage gently in circular motion around the eyes. Leave on for about an hour. This should be done daily.
You can also make the following eye mask that lightens dark circles if used regularly. My suggestion is that you make the mask and store it in the fridge. It will easily last up to 1 week without going bad.
2. Eye Pack
- Ground fresh coconut
- A few drops of lemon juice
- 2 tsp grated cucumber
- 1 tsp fresh cream
- 3 tsp china clay
Mix all these ingredients together and keep in the fridge. Cover the eyes with cotton gauge and apply the mask over it taking care that the pack does not drip into the eyes. You can lie down in a cool place and relax. This should ideally be left on for a minimum of 20 minutes before gently washing off with milk and then water.
3. Tomato Eye Toner
Mix lemon juice and fresh tomato juice and massage the eye area with this daily. Leave the toner on for about 20 minutes and wash with coconut water.
4. Grated Potato
Raw grated potato or even cold raw potato slices have proven to have lightening effects on the skin. I have used this ingredients many a times with positive results to lighten dark circles.
5. Herbal Teas
Most of us have smartened up and realized the vagaries of too much sugar in tea and coffee.
We have switched over to healthier substitutes like herbal teas and non-sugary drinks.
If you too have crossed over and drink herbal teas, never throw the tea bags in the bin but keep them refrigerated. Use these on the eyes especially after doing an eye massage.
Chamomile tea bags are wonderful for this and have proven to lighten the eye area dramatically!
With these wonderful natural recipes you are now geared up to reduce dark circles.
But let me warn you.
No skin care routine can ever be complete without its magical ingredient and that is regularity and discipline.
So start right away!