Dark circles simply put is discolouration of the skin under the eye! it is also known as dark rings or shadows. Dark circles can affect both men and women. There are many reasons for dark circles to appear under your eyes. From stress to lack of sleep, hormonal changes, a disturbed lifestyle and just plain hereditary, the causes of this troublesome pair are endless.
Whatever the cause, by incorporating these easy recommendations, you’ll definitely be on a path to clearing up under-eye dark circles within a week, you know we’ve got you.
Here we go!
1. Stay hydrated
The importance of drinking water cannot be overstated. Water helps flush out the toxins from your system reducing the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area. It has been discovered that when the body is dehydrated, it responds by retaining as much water as it can, thus causing puffiness and under-eye bags.
In cool climates, it is recommended to drink about 6 to 8 glasses of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated while in hotter climates, the body needs more than this. We also get some fluid from the food we eat.
2. Try teabags
Caffeinated teas are the best for this! Go for green or black tea that has caffeine in it. This contains natural tannin which is a mild diuretic and has long been used for reducing eye puffiness. The best way to take advantage of tea bags is to boil 2 tea bags, then chill the bags for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for 5 – 15 minutes, and your eyes will feel refreshed and look brighter. For best results, repeat twice daily till you see results.
3. Avoid excess salt in your diet
It is common knowledge that sodium can cause you to retain water, but did you know the bloat caused by sodium in the body can also cause puffiness under your eyes? This takes us back to osmosis in elementary Biology. Salt triggers osmosis by attracting the water and causing it to move toward it, across the membrane. This simply means that the parts of your body that are low in sodium (salt) contain more water, while the parts of your body with more sodium contain less water. Get rid of excess sodium in your diet and your eyes will thank you for it!
4. Go easy on alcohol
If you think salt is bad, alcohol is worse! Remember that Friday night when you were pretty wasted and had to drink a gazillion bottles of water the next day just to quench your thirst? This is because alcohol acts as a diuretic in the body, causing you to lose not only fluid but also electrolytes. If you’re suffering from chronic eye bags, reducing your alcohol consumption might prove helpful.
5. Eat foods packed with vitamin C
Vitamins are essential for your skin, and boosting your intake of certain vitamins may help return your skin to its natural glowing state. Vitamin C increases collagen, removes free radicals from the skin and protects the skin against damage from the sun. All these things work to reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Eating food rich in vitamin C helps your body produce collagen. Some foods that are rich in collagen-boosting vitamin C are yellow, red and green bell peppers, guava, strawberries, cabbage, oranges, grapefruit, lemon, tomatoes, peas, papaya, pineapple, mango, and so on.
Whilst doing all these, you can also use makeup to cover your dark circles. It’s totally your call.