Be gone dark circles!

Hi girls,

Are you tired of being called panda eyes?

Or are you one of those victims that suffer from dark circles  despite getting tons of sleep?

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Fret not! Because I’m going to teach you how to get rid of those stubborn dark circles!

But before that, we have to understand what causes us to have dark circles under our eyes.

Dark circles are caused by weaken capillaries that occur by various reasons. In addition, we have the thinnest skin around our eyes, thus making the dark circles appear more obvious.

Getting to the root of the problem

Here are some common causes behind those dark circles:

Tiredness, fatigue or stress: 

When you are stressed, more blood is pumped to your main organs than your face. Thus your face looks more pale and  your dark circles will appear more noticeable.

Genes: 

If one of your parents suffer from dark circles, you are more likely to have them as well.

Aging:

As we age, the skin of our faces becomes thinner. Thinner skin allows the discoloration of dark circles to be seen more easily, and dark circles become much more obvious.

Nutritional deficiency:

According to doctors, iron deficiency such as anaemia can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. The reason is their red pigment (also known as haemoglobin) which carries oxygen to cells, is more easily broken down and can make the skin below the eye appear dark or bruised.

Dehydration:

If you suffer from dehydration, you are likely to get dark circles under your eyes.

Excessive sun exposure: 

Sunlight darkens the skin by increasing melanin levels and these boosted melanin levels make dark circles look darker.

Smoking:

Smoking causes your blood vessels appear more prominent and bluer.

Persistent eye rubbing:

When you rub your eyes, weak blood vessels under your eyes break causing dark circles under eyes.

Allergies:

Allergies such as hay fever, dust allergy, and mild allergy not only cause itchy eyes, but can also directly cause the skin discoloration which appears as dark circles under your eyes.

 

Treating the Cause

Now that we know what the causes of dark circles are, it’s time to deal with it.

Here are some ways to get you started:

Sleep: 

Have at least 8 hours of sleep every day. Lack of sleep does not exactly result in dark circles, but it makes your skin pale. And once you look pale, your dark circles become prominent.

Drink up: 

Drink at least 10 glasses of water everyday.

Moisturize:

Apply a good eye cream or moisturizer under your eye before going to bed.

Have a balance diet:

Include a lot of green leafy veggies or foods that are rich in Vitamin A and E in your diet.

Avoid the sun:

Avoid the harsh rays from the sun by applying sun screen lotion of at least SPF30 under your eyes or wear sunglasses.

Say no to smoking: 

Stop smoking to get rid of those dark circles!

 

Home-made remedies

Here are some remedies which are known to have been successful in treating dark circles (I have personally tried some of them, and they proved to be true!):

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Place a slice of cucumber over each eye, covering the dark circles. Alternatively, you can soak two cotton balls in cucumber juice and apply it around your eyes. Lie down for 10-15 minutes and do this on a daily basis.

Cucumbers are almost 95 per cent water and this will not only soothe the dark bags underneath your eyes, they will moisturise the area too.

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Place a cold or damp tea bag over each eye and lie down for 15 minutes. Tea contains tannin, which help reduces swelling and the moisture of the wet tea bag will absorb into your eyes. The best type of teabags are the ones with chamomile as chamomile has anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce swelling.

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Grate a raw potato, squeeze the juice and apply it under your eyes for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can also place thin slices of potato on your eyes. Potatoes are loaded with ingredients such as Vitamin C and B, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. That’s a lot of nutrition one can get out of a food!spoons

Put two teaspoons in the refrigerator and wait for it to be cold. Once it is cold, place the spoons on your eye and lie down for 10 minutes. You can place the spoons in the refrigerator overnight so it is ready when you need it in the morning. Not only will this reduce the dark circles, it helps to freshen up your eyes!

Quick Fix!

We all know that a make-up can do wonders to our face, especially a good eye concealer that can help brighten up a tired face and hide dark circles.

Stay tune for my next post as I discuss about choosing the right eye right concealer, the correct application and the do’s and don’ts of a concealer.

Till then, take care and have an awesome day!

Love,

Rebecca

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