Beauty & the Blog

Dark Circles under my eyes – What can I do?

Many women experience the ‘panda bear eye look’ sooner or later in their lives. People with fair, thin skin tend to have more visible blood vessels which can show through and cause discoloration.

In some cases, dark circles might be genetic and run in your family. In other cases, they may have appeared due to certain medical conditions, age or other unpreventable circumstances.

Concealers have become our number one beauty product to help cover up the problem but isn’t there a way to reduce or prevent dark circles? Who wants to look tired, sick and run down all the time?

It is time to devote more attention to this delicate area surrounding our eyes and minimise dark circles for a fresh, young and healthy look.

The use of skin care products containing gentle forms of Retinol like Vita-A-Like (Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract) and Eyebright Extract can help immensely.

These two ingredients are essential in fighting hyperpigmentation and strengthening the delicate skin around your eyes.

Further, always using a high quality, natural eye cream free of harmful chemicals and parabens to keep the area around your eyes well moisturized, will also help.

One of the most common causes for dark circles and puffiness around the eyes are allergic reactions. If you know any allergies you suffer from, you can help reduce the effects by eliminating the allergen from your diet and life completely. If it is due to hay fever or any other seasonal allergy, there are over the counter medications or those your doctor can prescribe to minimize the symptoms.

Skip the long party nights and get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can make us look pale and tired and make dark circles under our eyes more visible. Like Richard Branson once said, “You don’t always have to be the last one to leave a party”.

If your dark circles are accompanied by puffiness, you should hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes by using cucumber slices or cool tea bags which will reduce swelling and lighten up dark circles.

Take a closer look at your dietary habits also. Beauty comes from the inside and not only depends on our skin care routine. Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet rich in Vitamins and antioxidants from fresh raw vegetables and fruit and omega-3’s from fish and nuts.

Cut back on the salt as too much can cause fluid retention which is a culprit for darkness and puffiness under the eyes.

Unfortunately, the same applies to alcohol, so it’s time to cut back a little on the booze (which can be a good thing as well for lots of other reasons).

Our body needs proper nutrition and water to flush out toxins and keep us healthy on the inside and the outside.

Drink enough water to reduce dark circles and increase overall health. Water is a “universal solvent” i.e. cleanser for the whole body. Unfortunately, drinking cola and coffee does not count.

Always wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around your eyes from the effects of harmful UV rays as well. Looking fresh needs to be incorporated into your lifestyle. Have fun but know when to pull back- eat well and sleep well.

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