Dark circles are one of the biggest concerns among women of all ages and even some men. Under-eye circles create the illusion of being tired with both men and women, and it’s widely believed that discoloration under or around the eye causes people to appear older than just wrinkles or grey hair alone.
Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to treat discolored eye areas to minimize the effects of dark circles, which we’ll cover below.
But first, let’s discuss what causes dark circles under your eyes and then we will check few home remedies to get rid of dark circles.
Before deciding on a method for treating your dark circles, it’s best to uncover the reasons why your skin is discolored around the eyes. Darkened skin under or around your eyes can occur for a number of reasons including illness, lack of sleep, allergies, and also your genetics.
Dark circles are similar to varicose veins in that both are said to be hereditary traits. The discoloration occurs when your blood flows through the large veins close to the surface of the skin. If your skin is transparent, the discoloration is more noticeable and your circles are darker.
If you begin touching your eyes more frequently due to less sleep, you could be causing dark circles around your eyes just by rubbing them. Irritated eyes or nasal congestion will often be caused by a lack of sleep, allergies from pets or pollen, and dust. All of these things are concerns when dealing with dark under-eye areas, but can be remedied easily.
To clear up dark circles caused by allergies, you’ll need to treat your allergies by consulting a doctor, as well as eliminating the allergens from your home. Allergies that are seasonal such as hay fever are sometimes treatable with over-the-counter medications.
Food or Chemical Allergies
Food allergies are also known for causing dark circles around eyes; however, not everyone is aware they have these allergies. To find out if you have a food or chemical sensitivity, talk to a dermatologist or family physician so you can get some proper testing and diagnosis. In some cases, a simple multi-vitamin can be the solution for your dark under-eye circles. Also note that gluten sensitivity can lead to discoloration around the eyes, but this problem is easily fixed by eliminating gluten from your diet.
Dehydration is caused when the amount of water that’s leaving the body is greater than the water being taken in. The effects of being dehydrated appear as dark circles around the eyes, thirst, dark colored urine, and a loss of appetite. The best and easiest solution is to drink more water on a daily basis. Drinking water is great for avoiding dark discoloration around the eyes, and maintaining good overall health. But if you drink too much water, you can retain a lot of it, and when your body retains water, you may become bloated or swollen as a result.
A simple way to drink enough water, without drinking too much, is to have a glass with each meal, or beforehand.
As we get older, our skin becomes less elastic, and the collagen production slows down. Your skin will be less supple and thinner, which causes the skin around your eyes to appear discolored. With this being the case, try using a dark circle eye cream every day to replenish your skin by providing it with the moisture that it’s lost over the years.
You’ve heard this before probably a thousand times or more, but here it is again: sleep is a must for healthy skin! It’s also well known that the skin is the body’s largest organ, and it comes with self-healing properties. This ability enables skin to replenish the areas that are lacking in fluids crucial for healthy-looking skin. Moving back to sleep deprivation, the lack of sleep is sometimes due to stress, insomnia, and/or depression. You might be noticing more dark circles around your eyes after late nights out, or early morning errands, so be sure to get no less than 6 hours of sleep each night – although 8 hours is ideal.
Your body will reflect what you are eating and drinking, so it’s important to eat healthy foods. The first thing that comes to mind when people mention a healthy diet is fruit and vegetables, but you’ll need more than that to nix those under-eye bags. As previously mentioned, drinking water regularly will ensure healthy skin, and eating healthy proteins like fish, eggs, and poultry will also aid in the disappearance of dark circles.
Consuming a lot of alcoholic/caffeinated drinks, smoking cigarettes, and not getting enough exercise are also reasons why dark circles appear. For a bonus feel-good trick, take salt out of your diet because it can cause bloating, fatigue, dehydration, and can make your face swell.
Spending too much time in the sun without protection can lead to discoloration around or under your eyes. The reason why sun exposure causes discoloration is due to the increase in melanin production in the skin. So always use sunblock and moisturizers with SPF no lower than 15 on your face. If you’re worried about having a face much lighter than your body’s skin tone, use a sunless tanning lotion for the face to even out your skin tones.
Dark circles under your eyes are also caused by simple genetics. You may have family members with the same issues because dark circles are said to be hereditary. This doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to correct the discoloration; it may, however, be a little difficult to rid yourself of the problem. Your best option would be to use concealer under your eyes to combat the dark areas.
Home Remedies for Dark Circles
Try these natural remedies for under-eye discoloration.
Cucumbers are great for reducing tired and puffy eyes, and this treatment can be done daily. Slice the cucumbers up, and lay one slice on each eye, then lay down for 10 or 15 minutes with your eyes closed. Keep the rest of the cucumber in the fridge so you can continue to use it until it’s gone.
- Tea bags
Tannin, which is found in teabags, will lower the swelling and discoloration around the eyes. First you’ll need to place two tea bags in the fridge overnight to chill them; in the morning, get them damp, and then lie down with the slices on your eyes. Keep your eyes closed and body still for 10 or 15 minutes each day – you’ll see results immediately. If you don’t have teabags, use an ice cube wrapped in a cloth. Never put ice directly onto the skin around your eye because it can cause blood vessels to burst, which causes more dark circles and discoloration.
Dark circles are a common problem, but as you see there are ways to get rid of dark circles under your eyes naturally.