Dark circles under the eye make a beautiful face look unattractive. They make your face look dull and also indicate tiredness and poor health. Women face more of this problem than men.
Why do they appear? The skin around the eyes, also known as periorbital area, is thin and is webbed with very tiny blood vessels or capillaries. When red blood cells pass through these capillaries, sometimes leakage of blood occurs. The transparency of the periorbital area makes the loose blood visible in the form of dark circular patches around the eyes, known as dark circles.
There are many factors that contribute to the formation of dark circles. Sometimes they are hereditary; people having bony structure may also face this problem. Diseases like eczema, hay fever, asthma and anemia may also play a part in their formation, use of certain type of medicines can also cause dark circles to appear. Other factors are lack of sleep, lack of essential nutrients like vitamin K, malfunctioning of the liver, direct exposure to the sunlight and loss of collagen.
Usually women hide their dark circles by applying a layer of concealer. But now you can throw that away because you won’t need it again. After using these simple and effective home remedies for treating dark circles, you will get rid of them once and for all.
To keep the dark circles away it is essential to keep yourself hydrated. You should take at least 10 glasses of water in a day. Water removes the toxins from the body that contribute to the formation of dark circles.
Dip two chamomile tea bags in hot water and then rinse them with cold water to make an eye-pack. Place both the teabags on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes. Chamomile tea bags help to reduce the dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
Take help from the cool cucumbers. It is one of the best known remedies for treating dark circles and puffiness. You can slice a cucumber and put it on the eyes or crush some cucumber, wrap it in a clean cloth and put it on the eyes. It also tones and tightens the area under the eye.
Rose water effectively soaks up the toxins causing dark circles and also soothes tired eyes. Take a cotton pad and dip it in rose water, place it on your eyes for 10 minutes.
The cool, tingling sensation by the mint leaves can increase blood circulation under the eye area as a result dark circles fade away. Crush some mint leaves and make a paste by adding a little water, apply it to the area under the eyes for 15 to 20 minutes.
People in China, Hong Kong and South America use potatoes for removing dark circles. The enzymes contained in potatoes are effective for skin lightening and also for soaking up the toxins responsible for dark circles. Just take two slices of potato and place them on your eyes for 15 minutes.
Another Chinese remedy for dark circles is Acupressure. Use your index finger to apply pressure on the bones beneath your eyes for 3 seconds. Repeat this step 10 times, every morning.
As mentioned earlier, dark circles are often caused because of lack of sleep. Sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours every night, to get rid of dark circles. To treat dark circles over night you can put a piece of wet wash cloth on your eyes while you sleep.
Almond oil is also a very useful remedy for dark circles. Message the area under eye with almond oil every night. Do it before going to bed for 2 weeks. Vitamin C
Make sure you get enough vitamin C from your diet as it is essential for keeping dark circles away and it also supports the collagen present in the area under the eyes. Take fruits like grapefruit or oranges every day.
Whenever you step out in the sun, use a sunscreen, preferably SPF 15. It will prevent dark circles, wrinkling and sagging of the under eye area.
Vitamin K and Retinol
Vitamin K deficiency can cause dark circles, so try to incorporate it to your diet. Studies reveal the vitamin K is effective for removing dark circles by lightening the under eye area. You can use creams containing vitamin K and retinol to get rid of dark circles.
The above mentioned remedies can be of great help. If you want long term benefits make sure that you take a healthy diet, rich in vitamins. Also keep the skin under the eye moisturized.
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