Pandas are cute until you start looking like one! Dark circles under the eye are very prominent in men and women. And nowadays, due to this current pandemic situation dark circles in kids are also quite visible. (How to reduce children’s screen time) These dark circles which everyone wants to get rid off can make you look older, tired and unhealthy. It indicates the lifestyle changes. It takes time to lessen the appearance of dark circles or to get rid of them. Remedy for dark circles at home need consistency, discipline, regular skin care, healthy diet and a commitment. This might sound too much just to reduce the dark circle but, the results will leave you astonished sooner or later.
Depending on the skin colour and condition, the dark circle may look purple to dark brown or black. The purplish dark rings occur mostly in the people who have transparent and thin skin. As we age, the collagen in the skin decreases and hence the bluish tint (blood pools) under the eye skin reveals. Purplish circles usually appear in the morning and account for almost 35% of all dark ring cases. The most common, dark or black circles are nothing but the pigmented skin which accounts for almost 54% of the total dark circle cases.
Why do we get dark circles?
Studies show that the skin under our eye is the thinnest and delicate when compared to the rest of the body. Under eye skin has no oil glands and subcutaneous tissue and thus is more prone to darkening. As we age, the collagen in the skin starts decreasing and the skin becomes thin. This can be considered as one of the main reasons for dark circles. Also, frequent sun exposure breaks the collagen present in the skin. When this happens the veins under the eye start to be visible and pass through much of a stretch and strain, thus promoting the dark circles. Fair skin people are more prone to these under eye dark circles.
Causes of dark circle:
The cause of dark circles varies from person to person. It can either be one single reason or the combination that causes a dark circle under the eye. Here are a few of them.
- Lack of sleep
- Genetics or heredity (Foods to manage hormone imbalance)
- Eye strain or frequent rubbing of eyes (A guideline to children’s eye health)
- Sun exposure
- Pigmentation irregularities (Hyperpigmentation: Here’s all you need to know)
- Allergies (Natural remedies for children’s allergies)
- Smoking or alcohol consumption
- Improper diet
Remedy for dark circles at home:
Although you might have tried numerous home remedies for dark circles, only a few may or may not have worked for you. It depends on your skin type. Nothing happens overnight, consistency is the key and you won’t regret it. Here are few worth trying and easy remedy for dark circles at home.
Sleep deprivation or even poor-quality sleep makes you look pale and tired, promoting dark circles. A good sound seven to eight hours of sleep helps reduce the dark circle and also it will benefit the overall body. (How to get a sound sleep)
The skin around the eye is thinner and is more prone to dehydration. When you do not consume adequate amounts of water, your skin feels dull and dehydrated. This also boosts the visibility of the dark circles. Drink a sufficient amount of water during the day and more in the summer.
Exercise is the key when it comes to appearance. Regular workouts enhance blood circulations throughout the body. This makes you glow, reduces the darkness and gets you younger looking skin. Moreover, it releases the endorphins which elevates your mood. Workout at least 5 times a week.
Apply moisturizer and sunscreen daily:
This is a skin care routine that must not be skipped at any cost. It helps in hydration and protects you from UV sun rays. Using this on a regular basis can help reduce the dark circle.
Cold compress is a method in which the blood vessels under the eye are dilated. This helps in reducing the dark circle by constricting the vessels. Just take an ice cube and wrap it with a clean cloth. Apply or massage it under the eyes for 10 minutes. Repeat this process twice a day.
Cucumber are known to have high water content. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin. Also, it has skin-lightening and astringent properties which helps reduce dark circles. Take thin slices of cucumber and refrigerate it for 20 mins. Place it on the eye and leave for 10-15mins. Remove and wipe the areas with lemon juice. Make sure it does not enter your eyes. Rinse well.
Tea and coffee bags:
Tea (green, black) and coffee contain antioxidants and caffeine. These have anti-inflammatory properties. Also, it stimulates the blood circulation, shrinks blood vessels and reduces the liquid retention. And thus, helps in reducing the dark circle by soothing the capillaries under the eye area. Soak tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Remover and refrigerate it for 20 mins. Place it under the eyes for 15 minutes. Rinse with water.
Rose water and cold milk:
This is a good combination when it comes to reducing dark circles. The former one rejuvenates skin and is an astringent whereas the later one contains vitamin A, vitamin B, selenium which helps in making skin bright. Mix equal portions of rose water and milk. Dip the cotton pad and place it on the eye for 15-20 mins. Rinse well.
Potato, tomato and lemon:
These are kitchen kings of remedy for dark circles at home. All these have one or more properties of making the skin softer, lighter and supple. It also promotes the synthesis of collagen thus, making you look younger. Mix potato, tomato and lemon juice. Dip a cotton pad and place it on the eye for 20 minutes. Remove and massage for 5 minutes. Rinse well.
Vitamin E, greatly known for its antioxidant properties, repairs the damaged skin cells, dryness and tightens the skin too. It also lightens the dark areas and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Take vitamin E and apply to the dark circle directly. Massage in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction for 10 mins. Leave it overnight. Rinse well in the morning.
Foods to reduce dark circles:
Lycopene, the active component in tomatoes along with various others, is responsible for reducing pigmentation, boosting blood circulation, keeping skin healthy and protecting the vessels around the eyes.
Water rich foods:
Cucumber and watermelon are made of around more than 90% water. This helps in skin rehydration. Both consist of collagen boosting silica and fights uneven skin tone. Along with this they also contain vitamin A, K, E, C, B1, B6, potassium, magnesium, riboflavin, lycopene, phosphorus that increases elasticity of blood vessels and removes dark circles. (Micronutrients in food)
Iron rich foods:
Diet for dark circles remedy at home must include iron rich foods. Iron deficiency makes the dark circle around the eyes look more prominent. The production of new skin and tissues are hampered if you are low on iron and that’s what leads to dark circles. For this include dark green vegetables, lentils, dried fruits, beetroot, egg yolk, beans, nuts, whole grains. (Foods for iron deficiency)
Green vegetables are rich in fibers, iron, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium that plays a vital role in refining skin texture, repairing damaged skin and promoting blood circulation. This reduces discoloration and puffiness around the eyes. Spinach, kale, broccoli, celery, turnip greens, cauliflower, lettuce, brussels sprouts may help.
Blueberries work marvelously for the skin. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and K, magnesium, lutein and anthocyanin that are good for skin. It helps in promoting the microcirculation of the blood around the eyes and acts as a protective shield thus, reducing the dark circles. (Antioxidant rich foods)
Vitamin E rich foods:
Vitamin E rich foods are considered as magic foods for treatment of dark circles. They assist in fighting the enzymes that break the skin elasticity. Also, fights free radicals, decreases skin pigmentation, locks the skin moisture and slows down ageing process. Moreover, it helps in production of collagen and provides complete eye nourishment. Foods to include are sesame, almond, sunflower seeds, peanuts, corn, spinach and broccoli.
Lemon, orange, grapefruit, strawberries, guava and mandarin are a must. These are rich in vitamin C and A. It boosts the collagen production, minimizes skin damage, eliminates free radicals, increases blood circulation and makes the skin firm. (Immunity boosting foods)
Papaya and carrot:
Both are rich in vitamin A which is also known as retinol. Having anti-ageing, skin tightening and bleaching properties these work best for dark circle cure.
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