The Ultimate Guide To Removing Dark Circles At Home
When we meet a friend or even a stranger, we first establish eye-contact. Sometimes, even before saying hello. A common saying “eyes are the mirror of the soul”, acquires a different meaning when you notice that the other person’s eyes are enveloped in dark circles. It immediately sparks off a chain of impressions about that person’s health and lifestyle choices that may or may not be true. Dark circles can occur due to various reasons, from aging to medical conditions, but the most common causes are lifestyle issues. Aging issues like accumulation of fat under eyes, fat descending to cheeks, thinning of skin, loosening of skin under the lower eyelids are usually responsible for dark circles. Dark circles are commonly caused by medical conditions like allergies, nasal congestion, eczema, thyroid issues, dry skin, hyperpigmentation due to melasma (a condition during pregnancy), mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and congestion of the veins. Genetic predisposition can also be responsible. Some people have dark circles running in the family. Environmental causes like air pollutants, exposure to UV rays can also give a person dark circles. Common lifestyle issues that lead to dark circles are smoking, pigmentation of skin due to sun rays, excess intake of caffeine and alcohol, dietary imbalances, excess usage of computers and smartphones or tablets, lack of sleep, overexertion and inadequate intake of water. Dark circles are not only aesthetically displeasing, but also lead to low self-esteem and negative impression on personality. Before beginning a remedial process to reduce dark circles, it is important to first analyse the cause behind the effect. Dark circles are not just a problem by themselves, they are also a signal that something is wrong somewhere. If dark circles are caused due to aging issues and medical conditions, it is best to consult a dermatologist or general physician who will analyse the root cause and suggest appropriate solutions to the problem. For lifestyle issues, changes are imperative, along with a regular skincare programme that will help reduce dark circles. Lifestyle changes that help reduce dark circles 1. Sleep well – Beauty is skin deep but effects of a good night’s sleep are obvious to onlooker naked eye. Sleep revitalizes us, mentally and physically, and lack of it makes a person look weary. For those lucky ones who can grab it, a beauty nap in the afternoon is an added bonus. Follow a sleep routine – go to bed early and make sure that the sleeping environment is peaceful. 2. Eat greens – Constipation, too, can be a cause of dark circles. Fiber and foliage help in regulating bowel movements and help keep your skin blemish-free. 3. Drink adequate water – Dry skin is an irritant, and a cause of dark circles. Slathering layers of lotions and potions will only control the situation externally, and for short durations. For a glowing and health skin, drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day is essential. 4. Avoid skin pigmentation – Despite using good quality sun protective lotions, some of us are more prone to sun tanning and skin pigmentation than others. Wearing large sunglasses that adequately cover the eyes can help in preventing dark circles. 5. Use good quality make-up – Every person wants to dress up and look his or her best. But sometimes we tend to compromise with the quality of products we use. Inferior quality make-up is damaging for the skin, and especially dangerous when used in the eye region as the skin surrounding the eyes is extremely sensitive. Investing in good quality make-up is a sure shot way of avoiding raccoon eyes. 6. Quit smoking – It is anyway injurious to health. Why compound the problem by indulging in a habit that will cause damage, internally as well as externally? 7. Reduce intake of alcohol and caffeine – Alcohol and caffeine both dehydrate the body, which in turn causes dark circles. Caffeine also keeps us awake for longer, leading to sleep deprivation. The effect of lack of sleep on our appearance has already been discussed. So, it is a circle - two dark circles actually. 8. Cut down stress – Easier said than done, but stress does show up, in our demeanor, our choices and most evidently on our faces. It does not require any research to say that people who tend to worry too much tend to have more pronounced shadows under their eyes. Our eyes reflect what we feel, and if we do not feel okay, our eyes, too, will not sparkle or shine. 9. Reduce screen time – Obviously, you are reading this on your computer, tablet or smart phone. But have you considered that when your eyes are glued to an electronic screen most of the time, it can leave its mark behind in the form of dark circles? Whatever be the reason of our screen time, professional or recreational, it is very important to regulate the span of time we spend staring at electronic screens. Ophthalmologists suggest that one should take a break every 20 minutes and look around, outside the window, or merely focus on the wall at the farthest end or even at other people for 2 minutes. One should also remind oneself consciously, to blink frequently at regular intervals. Going on morning walks to a park is a great way to connect with nature and provide soothing relief to our eyes. Therapeutic solutions for dark circles 1. Almond oil – It has been found effective in reducing dark circles. Pure almond oil can be easily purchased from the market. Before going off to sleep, take a few drops of almond oil on your fingertips and gently massage the area around your eyes. Leave the oil overnight. Alternatively, you can use Vitamin E oil following the same procedure. 2. Cucumber juice – Cucumber is a mild astringent and has cooling properties. You can put two thin slices of cucumber over your eyes and rest for some time. Alternatively you can grate the cucumber, squeeze the juice and apply it all around your eyes gently. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with water. 3. Grated Potato – The juice of grated potato has also been found effective in reducing dark circles. Apply the juice or finely grated potato, itself, around the eyes and leave for 10 minutes. Do not allow the juice to dry out on your skin. Dip a cotton ball in normal water and gently dab all around the eyes. 4. Cold tea bags – Instead of discarding used tea bags, store them in an airtight container inside the refrigerator. After a tiring day you can take two out and place them over your eyes for 15-20 minutes. Tea bags are soothing and provide relief from eye weariness and puffiness. 5. Cold milk – Cold milk can be applied all around the eyes using cotton balls for lightening of skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash off with water. 6. Mint paste – Grind mint leaves to a smooth paste and apply all around the eyes. Wash off with water after 20 minutes. Mint leaves make the skin feel tingly and fresh, and also help reduce dark circles. 7. Tomato juice – The juice from the pulp of a tomato can be applied in the same way as cucumber juice or cold milk and washed off after a few minutes with plain water. Tomato is acidic in nature and reduces pigmentation marks. 8. Rose water – Rose water is a great skin toner and revitaliser. Soak two cotton balls in rose water and place over your eyes. Catch a nap and remove once you feel refreshed. 9. Orange or lemon juice – Similar to tomatoes, oranges and lemons, too, are acidic in nature and great for reducing skin pigmentation. However, since they are more acidic than tomatoes, it is better to mix freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice with a few drops of glycerin before applying around your eyes with a cotton ball. Wash off after few minutes with regular water. 10. Yoga and meditation – Exercise in any form is good for your health. However, there are several yoga postures that help in rejuvenating your eye function and improve blood circulation around the eyes. Shirsasan, though difficult to practice, has been found very effective in improving blood circulation in the facial region. Meditation reduces stress and improves sense of control and well-being. Both in conjunction lead to holistic wellness that reduces our worries and its external footprints like dark circles. Any of the therapeutic procedures described above needs to be done daily for it to be effective in reducing dark circles. Patience and positive outlook will help get rid of those shadows looming around the mirrors to your soul. 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