Dark under eye circles can create a tired, almost haggard look which distracts from any of the more attractive facial features a person might have. Next to acne, dark eye circles are tops on the list of skin and facial complaints among both men and women. Most people agree that dark circles under the eyes add more to the look of aging than either wrinkles or grey hair.
It is incredibly discouraging when day after day, you notice in the mirror, or catch your reflection in a window, or see your face in a candid photo and see dark circles under your eyes.
You can wear the most expensive stylish clothes on the market, but that will do nothing to conceal that raccoon mask.
More and more you’re reaching for your sun glasses. Perhaps you’ve begun wearing them when you go in a restaurant, or when you’re shopping. You’re embarrassed, ashamed, and not a little frustrated.
A Tattle Tale
Your face is such a tattle tale. And it never lies. When you see those dark eye circles, your face is trying to tell you something.
The trouble is, most people don’t listen. Instead they grab at any solution that comes along – some of which turn out to be more detrimental than helpful. Some come with unwanted side effects.
Dark circles under eyes treatment can include expensive creams, ointments serums and eye gel masks, many of which may or may not give you the results you’re looking for.
Many times marketers will dupe people with expensive creams that are simply a moisturizer – a basic product that can be purchased for much less with the same results. (Most of these topical products are somewhat more successful for puffiness and wrinkles than to reduce dark circles under eyes.)
The problem with such products is that even if they are somewhat effective, the results are merely temporary. As long as the symptoms are covered, or taken care of for a short time, the root problem will continue to exist. This means the dark eye circles will only get worse.
Find the Culprits
Let’s take a look at some of the culprits that can contribute to this unwanted malady.
As stated earlier, the face is a tattle tale. Whether you like it or not, your face reflects all of your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
It’s a rare person who can actually hide their feelings with a genuine poker face. Even when you try to tamp down emotions and hide your feelings, sooner or later it shows up in other ways. Such as unwanted signs like dark circles around eyes.
1. Allergies can lead to itchy eyes, and itchy eyes lead to rubbing of the eyes. This insistent rubbing can result in dark circles under eye.
2. The skin around the eyes is highly sensitive. As the aging process takes place, the skin becomes thinner.
This thinning takes place around the eyes more quickly than almost any other place on the body. Excessive dietary salt intake, smoking, or certain types of medication can all contribute to dark circles around eyes.
3. If there is lack of proper rest the normal skin coloration will become more pale. This then accentuates the blood vessels under and around the eyes, which manifests as dark circle under eyes.
4. Iron deficiency anemia is yet another possible cause for dark circles under eyes. Anemia means there’s been a decrease in the number of red blood cells due to too little iron intake. This condition can cause the sensitive area around the eye to take on a bluish tinge – hence dark circles around the eyes.
5. Lack of proper rest as well as dehydration are yet two more possible causes for those ugly, unwanted dark eye circles.
As you scan through all of these possible causes hopefully you will realize that creams and serums may treat the symptoms, but none get to the root of the problem.
Safe, Effective, Lasting
Below are several safe and effective suggestions of how to reduce dark circles under eyes.
One of the simplest and least expensive remedies is to hydrate the body by increasing water intake. Rather than reaching for a cola or a cup of coffee, drink water.
In order for the skin to function properly, water is vital. A person can be seriously dehydrated and not know it. Space the intake by drinking several glasses of water throughout the day.
Eat foods that are as close to the way nature created them as possible. Life foods (fresh fruits and vegetables) actually work to feed collagen. Collagen is a protein that works to keep the skin supple.
While most people resort to exercise merely to lose weight, the benefits of daily exercise are much more expansive than weight loss alone.
Exercise brings added oxygen to the blood cells which invigorates them with health and vitality. The healthier the red blood cells, the more the skin takes on a healthy glow, which in turn diminishes the dark circles.
Another method of oxygenating the body is through deep breathing exercises. If your life is full of stress, chances are your breathing is shallow. Tensing up results in shallow breathing and at times we even hold our breath. Most people are totally unaware.
Break this cycle by making it a point to stop several times during the day. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and allow your body to go limp and relaxed. Continue with several deep breaths.
Breath in through the nose, exhale through the mouth. Breathe as deeply as possible then hold it for a few seconds. If you get light-headed, it’s a sure sign you’re getting a good dose of needed oxygen.
This is a great regimen to do while sitting in slow-moving traffic!
Natural supplements can be added to this list; but, space limitation prevents a detailed discussion. However, one vitamin supplement that we can mention that helps reduce dark circles is Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is first of all a healer; and secondly it helps to strengthen blood vessel walls.
Dealing with dark circles under eyes can be a frustrating experience. Hopefully, now you have greater insight as to how to combat this problem.